With so much content to produce on the internet and television, the ability to focus gets worsened over time. Here we tell you the ways to re-build it.
Striving to maintain your grades while at the same time trying to make the best of the college life experiences can be quite a hard task. And just think about multi-tasking it with a part time or freelancing job, relationships, college submissions and other personal tasks. In such a scenario staying focused on the task that you are currently doing is quite important.
But more often than not we get distracted by things around us. From a phone call, to that interesting article online, or a new notification, or it could even be a tempting book that you have been stalling for long time. Have you ever experienced that when you sit down to study with full determination a few minutes later you’re scrolling mindlessly through your social media news feed. Even the most boring of tasks suddenly seem quite interesting when you sit down to study, don’t they.
Well, if this is true for you and you are struggling hard to focus and concentrate on your studies then, you have come to the right place. In this article, we have discussed some effective ways in which you can focus and get rid of the distractions. For, if you learn nothing after sitting down for studying then it’s all a complete waste of both your time and efforts.
Build the focusing stamina
You workout in gyms or play sports to build your physical stamina but what about your mental stamina. Your ability to focus and concentrate something depends on the strength of your mental stamina. And, just like your physical stamina doesn’t builds overnight and takes regular practice and dedication. The same is true for your mental stamina. To build your mental stamina try and focus on one task at a time. Keep the goals achievable in the beginning and then slowly increase as them as your feel your stamina building. Practice the process as you would with any physical workout and overtime you’ll notice an increase in your focusing ability.
Read What’s Relevant
When it comes to information gathering we usually make our way to internet. While there is no doubt in the fact that the internet is an ocean of information and you’ll find tons of content online on any given subject you have to be carefully what’s worthy of reading and what’s not. As this is where the problem arises by the time when we read something consequential our brain is already tried and exhausted by the large amounts of binge reading that we do. So, to improve your focus, give yourself a target of reading for about 30 minutes straight. Also, try and print out the relevant reading material that you find online. Keep your phone and any other distracting item aside and then read the relevant content.
Make a schedule or to-do list
Sometimes multi-tasking is unavoidable but juggling multiple projects and deadlines can lead to stress. Also, sometimes working on a project you might completely forget about the other. All this happens because you are unable to focus on the project at hand. Making a schedule or to-do list then can be quite effective in situations like these. It will help you keep track of your activities and task along with the amount of time you have for each one of them. Thus, allowing you to focus more and in a better way.
Break Down Work into smaller tasks
Lack of focus results in procrastination which often then leads to frustration which is not a good thing for college students. You can easily eliminate this problem by motivating yourself to complete your tasks in smaller parts rather than seeing it as one big whole task. Also take a small break every few hours or so when you are studying. It helps refresh your mind and improve your focusing ability.