Whenever we try to focus on something, our attention spans are sporadic and our thoughts keep wandering. Whether it’s the Winspire Team at work or you trying to study, concentration is always an issue for us all. Here are a couple of tips that will help you collect your thoughts and distractions while studying:
Create a Proper Environment
Our surroundings are always happening and full of action. In such a case it is quite normal that we face difficulty in staying attentive. We need to customize our environment as per our level of comfort.
- Choose the Right Spot: There might be one particular corner of your house or room that you like the most. It should be peaceful and you might also choose to play some light music in the background. This is a hack that helps a lot of people focus.
- One-Arm Distance: Make sure you don’t have to get up again and again. It breaks the attention span. Make a list of all the things you will need and keep them at an arm’s length. Right from stationary and books to water and even a snack. Let everything be around you.
- Keep Distraction’s Away: Okay, something’s are best kept away. Keep your mobile phones, playstations and other electronic devices away. Perhaps in another room altogether. You may need your PC’s to work on. Make sure you’re logged out of all social media accounts in this situation.
- Write Down Your Goals: It is a good idea to start with a checklist of things that need to be done. Use colours and write it in bold and stick at a place where you can see it constantly.
Rise, Revise and Reward
- Rise Up for a Break: Given our lifestyles today, the span of concentration is usually short. Whenever you feel exhausted, rise up from your seat and take a break. Stretch a little, take a walk or listen to some music. However, make sure you’re not cheating, do not get into the habit of getting up every 15 minutes or so.
- Revise: After every break, revise what you’ve done previously and then move on. Make notes as you study and these may come in handy for your revision
- Reward: Hard work must always be rewarded. Learn to appreciate yourself. After an intense session of academics, go for a good meal or take a nap. Best, involve your parents for some incentive!
While these were some efforts that you need to make, a little notice of your biological system will help you come a long way too. Pay some attention to your body and it shall cooperate with you and your routines.
- The Body Clock: This too is different for every one! Like everyone has a specific time of answering nature’s call, our concentration span has highs and lows too. For some, the best time to study is early morning, others can focus better late at night. Identify your time and schedule accordingly.
- Get Proper Sleep: This is a highly debatable territory as some say an average human being needs 8-9 hours of sleep, while others argue that six hours are sufficient. Again, this is something you must figure out for yourself and ensure that you get enough sleep accordingly. You may not be able to function your best if your body hasn’t rested adequately.
- “5 More Minutes Please”: This is what we tell ourselves every morning when we try to wake up. How about using the same principle on other tasks too? Just as you realize that a chain of thoughts is building up and diverting your attention, tell yourself, ‘just five more please’ and another five lines/ questions/ paragraphs/ pages etc.
- Do What you Enjoy First: You will have a greater zeal and capability as your start on a higher note. Pick up things you are sure you will get a sure shot success in and then move to the harder tasks. Don’t let the difficult or the lengthy tasks bog you down.
- Eat Right: A daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables is important. If you’re in a habit of eating junk food or packaged food on a regular basis, cut it down to a weekly affair. Not only will you feel much more energetic and productive, the constant lethargy will also wash away.
ONE MONTH CHALLENGE:
Read the article above and follow the steps for a month. Note your progress on a weekly basis and share it with us! Your parameters will be:
- Tasks done under the daily goal list
- How did you reward yourself and for what?
- Did the change in sleeping and eating habits make any difference?