After you've decided, there are a million distractions to deal with. Your roommate who listens to music on her I-Pod, so loud, the next room can hear; the constant updates on Facebook; the rerun of your favorite TV shows and so on.
There are many things that occupy your mind, particularly when you sit down to study. The trick lies in avoiding distractions effectively and keeping yourself motivated to continue studying.
Tips to Stay Focused While Studying
Choose a Quiet and Comfortable Place
Study at a place, where you feel most comfortable. For most people, home is the best place, but if there are too many people at your home, go elsewhere.
Put Away Things that Distract You
Clear your study desk of anything that you do not need while studying; clutter around the room could be a distraction. Seeing things like a book, a bill or a photograph may distract you.
Tempted to watch your favorite show? If so, keep the TV and laptop away. Check Facebook before you start studying and then disconnect your internet. Put your cell phone on silent and preferably out of sight.
Prepare a Timetable and Stick to it
Prepare a timetable and alternate between subjects that interest you and those that don't. Make a target for yourself and at the end of every day, check whether you managed to achieve it or not.
Reward yourself when you manage to complete your goal successfully, either by buying yourself a dessert or allowing yourself an hour of surfing the net or whatever it is that makes you happy.
Take a Break at Fixed Intervals
It is important to take breaks, before you feel saturated and loose complete concentration. Take a 10-15 minutes break after every hour or so, depending on your concentration level. Regular breaks are very useful in maintaining concentration. If you feel very tired, you might want to take a longer break and get back to studying when you feel alert.
Eat Small Frequent Meals
Avoid eating too much before a study session, also do not eat anything that could upset your stomach. Eating too much will make you lethargic and you will be tempted to take a nap and starving yourself will not help with concentration.
It is best to eat small meals throughout the day. Opt for healthy snacks and fruits each time you take a break. Also make sure you drink enough water, especially when you feel sluggish.
Learn When You Feel Most Alert
While, most people maintain that the best time to study is early morning, people have different preferences. Figure out when you feel the sharpest and study at that time. Schedule the most difficult things to study for the time when you are most alert. Once you figure out your body-clock, make a schedule accordingly and stick to it.
Avoid Getting too Cozy in Your Chair
Sit in a good rigid chair that supports your back. Avoid lying on your bed and studying or sitting on a couch that is cozy and comfortable, as it is quite likely that you will get too comfortable and might fall off to sleep. It is best to not sit on the bed, when studying, to maintain concentration and avoid lethargy.
Eliminate all Internal Distractions
Internal distraction could be some incomplete work or emotional stress that occupies your mind and does not let you concentrate. If you are going through some emotional trauma, try and deal with it before you start studying.
Finish any work that may have you distracted later. Clear your mind of anything that is not related to studying, or else you are not going to remember much. Light some soothing vanilla candles to relax yourself and concentrate.
Apart from the earlier mentioned tips, surround yourself with people who are hardworking, their sincerity might just rub off on you. The more motivated you are, the easier it is to deal with distractions.
Different things work for different people; figure out which place, time and method work best for you and stick to it. With time you will device your own concentration techniques to avoid distractions while studying.