How to eliminate distractions

how-to-eliminate-distractions-fWhen you are studying it can be very easy to get distracted and end up not achieving half of the things you had planned to do. There are many things that can cause distractions, such as social media, other people, and having to get up all the time to fetch things. In this blog post I will share four things you could do to eliminate (or at least reduce) distractions so you can be more productive.

Find a suitable environment

If you are in a really busy, noisy environment you are never going to be able to concentrate. Try to find somewhere calm and quiet to study, this could be in your bedroom or somewhere else, such as a library. It just need to be somewhere where you won’t have to focus on loads of other things going on around you. Studying in the same place regularly is also good as you will (hopefully) learn to associate this place with concentrating.

Have everything you need

You are never going to be able to concentrate if you have to get up every five minutes to fetch things you have forgotten. Before you sit down to study, make sure you have all the materials you might need such as pens, paper, textbooks, and that all important cup of tea etc.. By doing this you will not only be able to avoid getting distracted by having to get up all the time, but also won’t get distracted by other things while you are getting the stuff you forgot.

Tell people not to distract you

If, despite your best intentions, you always seem to get interrupted by other people when you are studying then tell them to not distract you while you study. Let them know how long you will be studying for and that unless it is an emergency then you don’t want to be interrupted. In addition to this, you might find turning your phone off so that you can’t be distracted by texts/ social media is also useful.

Have a clear plan

If you have a clear plan for what you want to achieve during a study session then you are less likely to get distracted. Using a weekly plan┬ácan be useful for this. Before you sit down to study decide how long you will study for and what you want to achieve during that time. This should be realistic, for example, don’t plan on doing three hours of studying without a break or you will get bored and distracted (and studying for that long isn’t effective anyway). Once you have your plan, gather everything you need for it and don’t allow yourself to get distracted until everything is done.

 

Leave a comment to let me know what your main distraction from studying is and if you have found this post helpful ­čÖé

Ellen Allsop

Hello! I'm Ellen Allsop, the creator of EAsy :)

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  1. October 13, 2016

    […] Before you start to plan an essay, make sure you have everything you will need. Read any guidance you might have been given and make sure you understand what the essay is about and what is expected of you (this will all have been written to help you so make good use of it). Make a note of the word count and any other details about the format of the essay. Then gather any important materials. I like to have a selection of pens (including coloured pens – because studying is far more exciting when it is colourful), A3 paper, page markers, and some little post-it notes.┬á┬áMake sure that you also have any relevant notes or textbooks with you. Make sure you have all these things before you start so you aren’t constantly getting up to find stuff and getting distracted. […]

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