How to study without getting distracted
Posted On June 26, 2022
How to study without getting distracted/ Working and studying / How to concentrate on your studies
How to concentrate in college
When studying, it is often difficult to concentrate. If you too have sometimes stared at the blank wall, this article can make a difference.
Learn to focus while studying
One of my favorite definitions of focus is John Carmack’s, which reads:
“Concentration is a matter of deciding what not to do”
You often have so much to do that you can’t find the desired focus on the really important things. Because of this, sometimes focus is about deciding what not to do and therefore having a good focus on the things that really matter.
Who hasn’t had trouble concentrating during their studies? It goes without saying that this significantly reduces the desire to learn…
Now I would like to explain to you how it is possible to make your brain a little “stronger” and therefore more focused.
Have you ever started reading something and stopped for a moment at the end of the page with a confused expression on your face, looked around and asked yourself:
“But… but… what did I read!?”
Yes, I know… You felt a bit stupid, but then again, what can you do about it… it’s not easy to concentrate while studying.
Learn to focus while studying
Has anyone ever taught you to stay focused?
How do you say? nope!?
I know you did everything on your own and did your best but today I and my crusade are against wasting time.
I have certainly told you on several occasions that one of my greatest goals is to enable all professionals who want to continue their studies to have an organized life.
But I never tire of repeating it to you because I may never have said it you the truth underlying goal…
The real goal is to make you happy.
- To be clear… Don’t just and exclusively make yourself happy, make people happy.
- I’m serious… My mission in life is about helping others to make a difference, only then did it become my profession.
- What is the best way to make a person happy? (No, I will not give you any money).
- Giving her time to herself and the really important things in her life, which, when you think about it, is far better than any money they can ever give you… Making money (coincidentally) takes time.
Here I am… I am your personal donor of time, i.e. of happiness.
So… let’s take a break!
But like Vincenzo, we haven’t started talking about concentration yet and you already want to take a break?
But all your concentration and concentration is to do first “Let’s take a break”:
Let’s take a break
In fact, first of all, it’s important that you learn to use pauses!
Breaks are useful in order to be able to work with concentration.
In my courses I explain different strategies and concentration cycles that are useful to stay maximally focused. Today I want to reveal a few tricks.
There are different theories as to when you should take the break, I can’t tell you which is the best as it depends a lot on you and your habits.
So you can test them all and if you want to deepen them, there are always some of my courses to help you.
Techniques for making the most of breaks
The first theory is the 25 + 5 ➔ very similar to the next, but I mention it because it became famous as the “tomato technique”.
The second theory is 30 + 10 ➔ This option is useful for those who don’t have long jobs to do, but need to switch ways frequently (e.g. send mail, call, etc.).
In these cases, it makes sense to do cycles of 30 minutes of work and 10 minutes of rest.
The third theory is 50 + 10 ➔ consists of 50 minutes of hard work and a 10-minute break in which you completely take off.
The fourth theory is 40 + 10 + 10 ➔ this is the theory I personally prefer when studying. It consists of 40 minutes of total work, 10 minutes of rest and 10 minutes of resuming work, during which you must review your previous work or insert easier work.
The fifth theory is 90 + 20/30 ➔ It’s definitely the one that makes the most of the natural cycles of being human (it’s also my favorite at work) when you try to follow those cycles at night when you go to sleep , you will immediately notice.
Try setting your alarm clock by doing some quick math and you’ll wake up with more energy.
(Ex: Before bed, assuming it’s 11pm, set the alarm by adding the 90 minute cycles to the time you want to wake up, then you can set it to 5am or 6:30am when you wake up , or if you are lazy 8:00).
As you will surely understand, this strategy is not only useful for concentrating on studying, it is also exceptionally good for sleep, thousands of my students are doing it now.
Study brain cycles, yes
i notice that there are moments of high concentration and others of low concentration, but by taking the right breaks you will be able to keep your concentration high.
As you may have noticed, the order of the theories I have presented to you goes in a temporal crescendo, from 25 minutes of total concentration to 90 minutes.
I did it for a really important and not at all obvious reason, namely the fact that at the beginning (especially if you are not used to it) it might be hard for you to erase any distraction for 90 minutes, but it is easier to do it for 25.
With habit you can certainly increase the times.
Which theory to apply?
To find out which theory is best for you, the simplest thing is to try them, do not go to the feeling by choosing one at random, try them!
I recommend that you try each theory for about a week and then adopt the one that allowed you to perform the most.
Also remember that the break is part of the work process and is a pit stop where you stop and then leave even faster.
Taking days for you is also part of the work process, in fact when you are too tired to work well you should take a break!
If you follow the cycles I told you about, you will be able to increase your concentration and the work will be easier.
Focus While Studying: Create Your Bubble
Create a bubble to focus on studying
When you study, you have to create your own “bubble” of concentration!
For many schools of thought, subjects are productive when they are inside the flow, and this is fine, but from experience.
I can guarantee you that it is essential that you are able to create your own personal “bubble” to completely estrange yourself from the external environment.
Just imagine creating a “bubble” of energy around you that makes you feel protected.
Since the brain does not distinguish lived things from imagined ones, that bubble will give you the feeling of being in a safer and more peaceful place.
Imagine now that the “bubble” protects you from all the distractions that are outside, which will bounce against it and end up elsewhere, allowing you to concentrate on studying in total tranquility.
I do this when I work in the office and there is a lot of background noise, which makes it difficult to concentrate during the study:
In that case I stop for a moment, close my eyes and visualize my “bubble” (I imagine it colored emanating strong light) that lets absolutely nothing in.
To isolate yourself, you can also listen to classical music with headphones: you will see that nothing will be able to distract you.
Relax the Mind
Relax your mind to better concentrate on studying
Mental relaxation is another fundamental thing.
There are several ways to relax the mind, such as practicing yoga, breathing, autogenic training, you can also use special smartphone applications.
If you still don’t apply anything in this article, I’ll explain an extraordinarily fast and effective technique.
To focus on studying, you need to be offline
Working disconnected is one of the hardest things to do today, BUT, it’s also the most important thing you could do for your time and productivity.
I advise you to use the pause strategies that I have previously exposed to you in total disconnection, there you will be amazed at what you can do in a short time well concentrated.
I would like to make you understand the importance of working offline, so I’ll give you an example:
It is as if you have a tank of fuel that you consume whenever something requires your attention.
This fuel is called concentration: if you use it all for social media or various apps in a short time you will find yourself dry for the things you really need.
This tank normally lasts up to 6 hours, but if you use the cycles I told you about above, you can also double the duration.
For example, when I work the phone I keep it in airplane mode so as not to be disturbed and so that people do not find me.
Only in moments of pause do I make myself available. This does not cause me any problems, because I warn important people about what I am doing to prevent them from worrying.
How many people in your life would care if they didn’t find you?
I am sure that the number of people important to you is on the fingers of one / two hands.
Being few people, you just need to warn them that you will not be available for a certain period of time, at which point down headlong!
How to focus in your study: Make the most of the first hour
alarm clock and notepad
There are numerous theories that claim that the first hour of work is the most productive one available during the day.
The problem is that many people, in the first hour, do activities that are not the most productive they could do.
I, for example, before knowing these theories, took the first hour of work for himself.
sit in the office, check your e-mails, check Facebook, etc. I wasted the first hour with futile activities.
Later, the first hour became my most predictable hour:
when I get to the office, I already know what to do, and I use that hour to do at least two of the three most important things in my life. the day.
How about checking two really important things off your daily to-do list in the first hour of the day? Motivating, no?!
By starting productively and engaging in challenging work, you’ll have the right mindset to complete the remaining hours of work!
If you find yourself in a situation where you have to study and work at the same time, there is only one really effective approach: study before you work!
To be truly productive, you have to study before you work: in fact, thinking of working a whole day and then having a “cool” head to be able to produce again is unthinkable.
Otherwise, participate in the next edition of 6inTempo and discover for yourself how easy it is to work and learn with the right tools.
Listen to the best of yourself
As a last point, I chose the one that made the biggest difference for me.
You have to start listening to what your body is telling you, that hidden little voice telling you what is good for you in this situation.
Often the problem is not knowing what to do, but finding the self-discipline to do it.
To improve in this regard, work on your self-discipline and listen to even the best, and you will see that everything becomes easier!
Some time ago I saw a movie that talked about “20 seconds of embarrassing courage” and this sentence touched me a lot, because even if you don’t know if you can do something, you still have to take 20 seconds whatever they ever do. ..
With those 20 seconds of awkward courage, you’ll be able to “get into” an activity that even the worst would never have thought of, and then you’ll see that the rest will take care of itself…
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