Are you having trouble concentrating on studies since COVID-19 pushed classroom learning to move into virtual spaces?
Though the Internet is a helpful place for work and study, it also provides endless possibilities for distraction. It’s tempting to take (take with a grain of salt idiom synonym) a break and check the latest news headlines or pop over to Facebook or Instagram, but five minutes can turn into fifteen and keep you away from work or studying.
Here are some steps which will help you get back on track:
- Get into a study routine.
Developing a daily routine is the important step to achieve your goal. By developing and sticking to a study schedule, you can ensure that you are focused during the times you plan to do your schoolwork, resulting in better productivity!
Start by creating a study plan. Identify sessions of the day when you are most productive. Try to get up early and learn the most difficult topic, studying in the morning develops better practice to focus. Force yourself to treat your new study sessions as “distraction free” sessions.
- Disable all non-essential notifications.
Sometimes the most distracting part of being online are the pop-ups displayed showing activities on your online accounts. Switching off notifications will unlink you from those sites when you’re not using them. This will help you stay focused on your topic rather than opening the social media app or a game app and getting distracted.
- Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Distractions vary from person to person. What may help one person overlook the distractions may actually be a distraction to someone else. For example, some students may like to listen to music while they write or read to help drown out distractions in their surroundings.
But what may be a tool to help get focused for some may cause a distraction for others. It’s easy to get captivated in the words of a song or the mesmerizing melodies of music. You may find yourself singing along when you should be reading. Therefore, the first step in stopping distractions is identifying them.
- Take a screen break.
Taking regular screen breaks into your online study routine is a great way to avoid breakdown, increase your productivity, and let the learning sink in. Hence, try to take five to fifteen minutes break every hour or so to stay fresh. Use this time (race against time phrase meaning) to grab a snack, step outside, and destress yourself.
- Replace your time on Social Media with Other Activities.
Replacing something that you do often isn’t easy, this also applies to distractions other than social media. Perhaps you spend too much time on YouTube watching videos – why not go for a walk for 30 minutes instead? Sometimes unlinking yourself from social media can help you focus on things that can be more productive. Maybe try a new hobby, or spend more time with your family or friends.
You will start feeling better about yourself once you find more productive uses for your time. The less time you spend on social media, the less easily you will get distracted.