How do you concentrate on the page in front of you when there are so many physical and mental distractions? Here are some practical tips to help you focus.
During exam season you are expected to buckle down and study hard even while you deal with thoughts of failure and feelings of extreme anxiety.
These negative thoughts and feelings can be distracting and prevent you from doing the very thing that would guarantee your success. So how do you minimize these distractions?
The video “11 Ways to Avoid Distractions and Stay Focused” gives simple ideas that are easy to implement and sure to make a difference in your study time.
We have pulled the top five tips from this video to help you stay focused:
Shut it down
“If you keep the tv, radio or music turned on in the background turn it off.” It might be an obvious instruction but an important one nevertheless. Turn off or silence any electronic devices that are not useful to your studies.
Quiet your mind
Are you struggling with pessimistic thoughts? Post a sticky note in your work space that reads 'Quite Mind'. “Whenever you see it, drop your shoulders, relax your jaw and try to smooth out your thoughts.”
Organize your space
“Outer order contributes to inner calm”. Look at elements like lighting, clutter and comfortability. If your space is attractive and clean you will be more likely to focus on the work that you need to do.
Do one thing at a time. Trying to do too many tasks at once can actually take away from what you are trying to achieve. It might be a good idea to focus on one subject or one chapter during your study sessions.
It might be tempting to constantly check the clock during your study time but this can become a major distraction. Set an alarm to measure time during study sessions and to alert you when you need to take a break.
For more tips watch the video or share some of your tested strategies with us in the comment section!
By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing