When you finally stop procrastinating, open the books, and start studying, distractions seem to start popping up from every direction. Some people can withstand a barrage of distractions and never lose focus, but if you are one of the many who can’t concentrate when something is going on around you, don’t worry. This article will give you five easy ways to eliminate distractions when you’re trying to study.
- Have a study spot. Where you choose to study often has the greatest effect on how productive your study session will be. For example, a coffee shop may not be the best choice because people will be coming, going, talking, and laughing all around you. Instead, find a place that is quiet and relatively traffic-free. Also, designate a place to be used only for studying. This will help you to keep your mindset on studying, whereas trying to study on your couch will cause you think about watching TV, playing video games, and hanging out with friends.
- Control the noise. It’s nearly impossible to find a place that is completely noiseless. However, the best way to control the noise is with headphones and music. Noise-canceling headphones are designed to block out all of the sounds that are going to surround you while you study, which will help you zone in on studying. Also, if you’re distracted by song lyrics, go instrumental.
- Turn off your phone. Phone calls and text messages can derail your train of thought, so turn off your phone and eliminate the problem. Even if you’re not getting any calls or texts, just having your phone on may lead to you picking it up and calling someone, playing a game, or finding some other way to abandon your studying efforts.
- Limit your Internet usage. The Internet is rife with distractions. If you don’t have to use it to study, it’s best to avoid the Internet completely. Try disabling your wireless connection or unplugging your ethernet cable. However, if you must use the Internet to study, do research, or complete assignments, don’t let yourself get off course by checking Facebook, your email, your favorite blogs, or anything else. There may be some computer programs that can help you block those sites too if you don’t trust yourself.
- Let people know. If you let them, friends and family will pull you away from studying by wanting to hang out, talk, or go do something. It can be hard to say no to any of these invitations, so let them know ahead of time that you’re going to be studying and you don’t want to be disturbed. Hopefully, this will persuade them to leave you alone for a little while and give you some peace and quiet.
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