What are tips to avoid distractions?
I am not very socially outgoing, but I have a hard time doing #homework and #essays when I have a fun #book and plenty to read that is not in relation to my classes. I need to find a way to #stop reading so much and start #focusing on my #school
I completely understand! I'm in graduate school right now as an adult, and I'm always distracted by things I'd rather be doing (or know I need to be doing). The best way for me to stay away from distractions, is I made my desk at home my workspace. So when I sit down to start doing homework, I don't have any of my scrapbooking or other items around me. I somewhat designated it as my work room. I usually put on classical music, because I have noticed that my brain will focus more when I listen to it (I also noticed I retain a bit more of it). Finally...I give myself a goal (or a reward) for doing my work. So if I need to do research for a paper, I would promise myself I'd find at least 7 sources I would want to use, before I would pick up a book or work on my scrapbook. It helps me to move through the process, and then when I finish, I get to the reward, and I feel like I earned it.
Hope this helps!
So first of all, you yourself realise and find out that sole purpose of studying and keep remembering it all the time, it might sound philosophical but it's effective.
Next, make a list of all the things that distract you while you study, be it your cell phone, your laptop, your surroundings, your sibling, anything. Then deal with it, like shift to a comfortable and calm room without your phone or laptop and start studying!
But in the end you will have to realize that no one/nothing can distract you if you're determined to achieve your goal.
Hope this helps, all the best.
All successful leaders are great planners; they make lists for every major and minor objective. When a task comes your way, spend some time thinking about how you will accomplish it. Write down every step necessary from start to finish, with a timeline (even if it's a rough one). There is a saying that every 10 minutes you spend on planning saves an hour in execution.
Some of the biggest sources of distraction come from email, social media, and cell phones. If you want real focus, take yourself offline until you've accomplished what you need to do. One of the keys to doing great work is to know when to take a break. When you start to feel distracted, take a break, and then reassess and refocus yourself.
Become an early bird..
Thank you for your question. We all have distractions from time to time. Here are a few items to help you with minimizing distractions. Best of luck to you!
• Create a To-Do List
• Set a Daily Goal
• Stop Multitasking
• Silence your Phone
• Put your Phone out of Sight
• Use a Focus App
• Listen to Music
• Put on Headphones
• Close your Room Door
• Turn off Notifications
Sheila recommends the following next steps:
Sri Athithya Kruth’s Answer
I'll give you 2 tips for this:
- The Pomodoro technique - This technique, which means 'tomato' is some language(maybe Italian, anyway, not all that relevant) is pretty simple - set a timer for 20 minutes, switch off all devices, turn off every possible source of distraction, and that's it! Concentrate for the 20 minutes, relax for 10, and rinse and repeat as needed.
- The Rule of Serendipity - Find out the smallest thing you need to do to start your task, and do that and only that first. Then move onto the next smallest task, and so on. This will actually work as it'll help you slowly, yet steadily move ahead with the material.
I hope this has helped you. These techniques have helped me too, over my time as a college student, which was last year, and they continue to do so as I learn newer things.
Sri Athithya Kruth recommends the following next steps:
1. Out of sight out of mind - if the distractions are physical (ex: phone) then put it in another room while you need to focus
2. Time block - if you tell yourself you'll focus for 30 minutes straight and then take a break to enjoy something, you'll be far more motivated to crank out your work!
3. Remember to take those breaks - I highly do not recommend working straight for more than an hour. Your brain needs breaks!
4. Get enough sleep, exercise and nutrition to ensure your brain is working optimally
5. Gather a support system - have parents, friends, spouses, colleges, etc. hold you accountable for your goals
Hope this is helpful!
This maybe something you'd like to consider?
I recently went through this. I was having difficulty with an advanced learning program that took me months to complete. The following helped with my focus.
Set aside designated time every night.
Work in a designated study space void of distractions.
Turn off your phone alerts.
Let your friends and family know that this time is dedicated to study.
When you complete the homework or essay, reward yourself with a book or treat.
I know in time you will be more efficient with the work that you have to do and will gain extra free time to read those books that you love.