We totally understand how difficult it is to focus on one thing at a time. You’ve got distractions aplenty – from itching to play that new game you just downloaded, to stealing peeks at your mum’s K-drama playing on the television in the background. The temptations are endless, but with these 6 methods, dispelling that ineffectiveness in you isn’t all that impossible.
1. Take a break every 45 minutes
Vision getting blurry? Realised you’ve meddled with your hair that they’ve started falling out all over your desk? Then it’s time to put away those books, for a while at least. Studies have shown that taking breaks at optimal intervals to rest your eyes (and brain) from concentrating for extensive periods does wonders for your productivity. Set an alarm for every 45 minutes of work-time and step away from your desk when it rings to just stretch, scroll through your Instagram feed or scour your fridge for a snack – you deserved it.
2. Switch off your phone or lock it away
The world’s greatest invention might possibly also be the most distracting one, tempting you with its evil forms of online shopping, social feeds and gaming apps. If simply setting your phone aside at the corner of your bed or at the side of your table still doesn’t stop your fingers from crawling towards your device, do the unthinkable and… switch it off. Should self-discipline not be your strongest trait, take it a step further by locking it away in a drawer and giving the key to your trusted parents or sibling until you’ve finished your assignment of the day. You’ll thank them later.
3. THIS app
While your phone can be your biggest distraction, it can surprisingly also be a great source of productivity. The ingenious Forest app actually encourages you to to put your phone away – to grow trees. Yep, you read that right. Be your own virtual gardener as you seed different species of plants and watch them grow together with your productivity the longer you don’t touch your phone. What’s more, you can even collect in-game tokens and exchange every 2,500 for a real tree to be planted in the world. Getting work done and giving back to the environment? Two (green) thumbs up!
Forest is available on the iOS app store for S$2.98 or on the Google Play store for free.
4. Create a schedule that works for you
The only person who knows how and when you work best is after all, yourself. Get more effective by setting up a routine customised to your schedule so you know you have to get down to business when it calls for it. How exactly should you go about doing this? Treat your study/work time as a daily mandatory activity, just as you would for having your meals or taking a shower – and you’ll feel the pinch when you fail to keep up with the regulation you’ve set yourself, and be all that more motivated to get off that couch and be productive.
5. DON’T multitask
Hold up – if you think doing more tasks at the same time will get things completed faster, you couldn’t be more wrong. Always remember that quality edges out quantity, and it’s imperative to complete responsibilities with dedication and commitment, rather than delivering slipshod work. Limit your full attention to one assignment at a time, only moving on to the next once you can check it off your to-do list with pride.
6. Binge on the right food
We all already know chowing down junk food will leave you restless nursing a food coma, and extinguish any form of motivation to get work done. However, eating the right kinds of food will actually do quite the opposite – and get your brain juices flowing in all the right way. Foods like salmon, berries, nuts, avocados and bananas are delicious sources of energy and help induce that much-needed burst of productivity, while green tea stimulates your mind and improves memory retention. Also don’t forget good ol’ water throughout your day to keep yourself alert and hydrated!
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