Be honest: How many times have you said to yourself “Okay, but now” while studying – and a minute later your thoughts were elsewhere? You’re not alone with this problem and you’ve come to the right place: In this article, you will find 5 tips on how to avoid distractions while studying. Then it’s time to concentrate instead of procrastinating!
Clean Up Your Desk
Remove distractions from your workspace to make it as “uninteresting” as possible. Incidentally, this also applies to your learning equipment: think about whether you really need five highlighters, a hundred different Post-Its and ten favorite pens. If you ask yourself which color would be the prettiest for every marking, it quickly becomes a distraction.
If you have a lot of research to do while studying, you open the door to distractions. Dealing with the content of your task before you even start working on it, on the other hand, ensures that you find access much faster and can go straight to the heart of the matter. You no longer have to familiarize yourself with it, you know straight away what it’s all about and what you have to pay attention to. This includes doing a little research in advance, collecting material and getting an overview of the topic. Just teach yourself a solid, little basic knowledge so that you don’t have to start from scratch and know the most important terms.
WhatsApp, Facebook and Co. are at the top of the list of the biggest productivity killers for students. The internet provides you with endless distractions, just waiting for you to interrupt your study session to check out the latest news or to stalk your friends. The simplest and most effective way to avoid these online sources of interference is a short but consistent digital isolation. Ban yourself from a smartphone or browser for the duration of your lesson, or use apps that block your online services for a short period of time; so they don’t block you.
If you work continuously for a long period of time without a break, your concentration decreases disproportionately and you fall into a stubborn performance low. On the other hand, it is much more efficient and healthier if you work in short stages and take small breaks in between. In this way you stay fit longer and can string together many productive units – always separated by small breaks that keep you mentally fresh. You prescribe your own little forced breaks, so to speak, which separate your learning units from one another, but the bottom line is that you stay fresh. The highlight: During these short breaks, distractions are completely okay!
List Of Ideas
When Studying, you sometimes get great ideas that you actually want to pursue immediately. But this very behavior would cause you to wander off topic and become unproductive. Therefore, keep a list of ideas on which you collect all flashes of inspiration and spontaneous thoughts that you want to pursue. Jot down your ideas in a few bullet points—but don’t pursue them directly. Write them down and deal with them later.