Hey guys, as promised, four days ago. (I think)
Today I have decided to give you all advice on something that I am actually horrible at ironically. I’m not great at staying focused (hence why I have multiple unfinished blog posts) but I’m getting better so here are a few ways that I think helps me to stay focused. *plays game on laptop*
I cannot be productive I don’t listen to music. I love listening to music when I need to focus and do work. At the moment, I am really enjoying songs by Jess and Gabriel as well as Ben Schuller (you can find them on Spotify). I just find that I can’t listen to music that I know the lyrics to because I won’t be able to focus and just start singing along!
Tidy work area
I find it soo much easier to be productive when there is nothing on my desk. I find it so much easier to concentrate and not get distracted by everything. A tidy desk is quite uncommon for me nowadays, but when it is, I can’t explain how much I appreciate it. I always vow to myself to keep my desk tidy… it never happens. (can you guys relate at all?)
If I’m in a stuffy or congested room, I just can’t concentrate. At the moment, I have my desk facing the window in my room and I love it so much. I can open my window and feel the breeze, and I can hear the birds. (I am aware that I probably sound like a tree hugging nature freak… not that there’s anything wrong with that). it’s just so refreshing and helps me to work productively.
Warm drink / food
I don’t know about you guys but I can’t work on an empty stomach. This one doesn’t need too much explaining. It’s always good having something to munch on while you revise.
Writing a To-Do list
This one should probably be at the top of this list because it is a must for seriously every part of my life. I just can’t work without a to-do list and knowing everything I have to complete. On my laptop, I use an app called Make a List (original name… I know) and it just helps me keep track of everything and is pretty easy to use. Probably the best, most satisfying and rewarding part of having a to do list is crossing things off as you go.
Completing the little tasks first
By completing the smaller tasks first, it just makes the list seem so much more manageable and small. (not that my to-do list is ever small anymore… quite similar to my neglected books-to read list). I find, it also gets me more motivated to work and in a better mind-set.
Make small goals
Whenever I have really big assignments, I break them up into much smaller, step-by-step parts. This may make it seem like you have more to do, but you can tick things off so much faster. If you stop working on something then come back to it, this also makes it easier to know where you are up to and what stuff you still need to do.
Write a timetable
Whenever I know that I have full days of study coming up, I write a timetable to help me stay on track and get everything done. I usually do 45 minutes to 1 hour intervals of study or work then do something fun for 15 minutes. Studying in smaller intervals has actually proven to be more effective apparently as well. If one thing isn’t working at the time, that’s ok, just don’t push it, move onto something else for a little while
Have something to look forward to
Having something fun to look forward to always gets me motivated to work hard knowing that the sooner I get stuff done, the sooner I can relax and do something fun. Last time I had big exams at school 2 friends and I, who live pretty close, decided to go out for dinner after a full day of study which was great relief from all the work.
Try not to put things off
The last tip I can give you is to not keep putting things off (I do it, but still haven’t seemed to have learnt my lesson). The longer things sit there unfinished, the longer they linger in your head. Apparently, you are a professional at something after you’ve done it for 10 000 hours, so I guess I qualify as a professional procrastinator.
That’s all for today. These posts seem to be getting longer every time. Maybe sometime in the near future I’ll finish one of the other blog posts that I’ve started. (kind of ironic)
Sincerely Me xx