'I want to study, but can't focus', 'I spend a lot of time to finish just one chapter', 'My mind wanders aimlessly while studying' - we all remember these statements from our childhood, but today, there is a whole new set of issues.
If you are constantly checking your mobile phone every 10 minutes and receiving calls about how much you have studied every 1 hour, how can you possibly focus?
Our inability to focus makes our productivity rusty, which is very hard to recover. You can't just paint it and get rid of it. In this case, it will require at least ten coats of paint. In simple word, a lot of hard work.
So, how to increase focus? Let's find out.
First, Don’t Multitask
If you are constantly checking your phone when you are studying, then let's be clear, it is not going to work. You can focus either on studying or on other activities. Both don't go hand in hand, it never has, never will. In fact, with multitasking, you compromise your memory's capacity and attention span.
Then, Have A Pep Talk
Have a pep talk with yourself about staying focused. This may sound stupid and funny, but try spending five minutes talking to yourself, explaining how it is important to study. Don't forget to tell yourself that you can get through this.
This is not to say that you can get through your exams without studying, it is the other way round. For improved results think of the worst that can happen if you don't study, then calm down and start studying.
Goals are necessary. Make a to-do list beforehand and set goals for each day or each hour. Complete these goals on time and reward yourself. Go eat your favourite food, play for a while, go for a walk, or use your phone for 10 minutes.
Goals also give you a clear understanding of where you are headed. If you never analyse your goals, you'll end up with a lot to study and very less time to do so.
Follow A Schedule
If you like staying organised and following a schedule, then adopt the same technique here. Plan a schedule for studies, include every subject and stick to it. Make it beautiful and place it somewhere always visible.
Following a schedule will take time, but you will adjust and it will all be easy after a while. Don't forget to add other things to the schedule, no one can study all day. Hence, take some time for yourself.
Include Breaks In This Schedule
Unplug for some time and spend this time away from books. Unwind all the stress, relax, brighten your mood and refresh your mind. After some time get back to your books, and with a fresh mind, you will be able to concentrate more easily.
However, do something relaxing. Trying to read a novel will only take up extra energy. Keep all these things for days with a less hectic study schedule.
Find A Quiet Place
While some people can study in loud places, some can't. If you are someone who can't, find a quiet place to study; if you can constantly hear the television or someone talking, you'll be distracted.
Follow these things, and after a few days you'll automatically see the changes.