Practical tips to stay focused while studying

Make the most of your work or study time with these suggestions.

  1. De-clutter your work-space

    Our lives are filled with constant distractions. When you arrive at your desk, clear your work space to eliminate any distractions that may be present. Notes that aren’t relevant to the task at hand, snacks, scrap paper, garbage, whatever it is — get it out of sight!

  2. Put your phone away

    If you remember anything from this article, remember this: put your phone away. We live in an age where our phone isn’t just a phone — it’s our music, our personal trainer, and our social network. You wouldn’t sit in a room with a group of your best friends gossiping about the weekend while trying to meet a vital deadline, would you? Having your phone within reach is equally distracting. Silence the group chats, Snapchats, and Instagram notifications so that you can get in the zone and focus on what’s in front of you.

  3. Give yourself time

    Don’t get frustrated if you’re not in the zone right from the get-go. Studies show that it can take at least 30 minutes to focus your mind. As easy as it is to let your mind wander, check your personal email, or scroll through Facebook — especially when you first start a task — try to hold back for the first hour while you get started, and those distractions will subside. If you give in to them, you’re only pushing back the time it takes to get in the zone.

  4. Establish clear goals

    Establish clear goals for the day before starting anything else. This will create a ‘roadmap’ for your day so you’ll never be sitting there wasting time wondering what to do next. Unsure about your goals? start here with GoalsOnTrack

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