Picture this: you’re sitting at your desk, with an unbelievably high stack of papers in front of you. Yet, you’re on your phone, scrolling through your social media applications. What has gotten into you?! With yet another sigh, you click your phone shut and try for what feels like the thousandth time to stay focused on the task at hand. This is a situation we are all too familiar with. What should we do?
ONE: Stop procrastinating 🙅🏻
Procrastination. The number 1 factor besides laziness that stops us from achieving our best. Let’s face it: we all procrastinate. We know that its bad and not going to help us accomplish any thing. Yet we still do it. Well, now’s the time to put a stop to that behaviour. The moment you find yourself procrastinating is the very moment you should put an end to it.
TWO: Cut out distractions ✂️
Alright, here comes the one that’s always easier said than done. Putting away our phones and really studying is definitely a struggle we can all relate to. If you’re looking to increase productivity, try putting your device on airplane mode or disconnecting from wi-fi. Another less known method is downloading phone apps that prevent you from using it! Though this may sound counterproductive, it can prove to be more useful than you’d think! I’d recommend an app called ‘Forest’ (SGD 2.98 on the app store), in which you plant virtual trees which mature over the span of an hour per tree. During that hour your tree is growing, you can’t close the application or your tree dies! The more you study, the more trees you’ll plant, thus creating a forest. It’s a cute and interesting idea, isn’t it? Free apps that work in the same way include ‘Unplugged’ and ‘Freedom’.
THREE: Make lists 📝
There’s something about making lists that is very effective in the process of getting things done. I think that just visualising the number of things to be completed gives us a mental preparation. So if you have a heavy workload, be sure to list down what exactly you have to do, be it on a sticky note or journal and keep it where you’d be bound to see it from time to time during the day. Otherwise, like they say, ‘out of sight, out of mind’!
FOUR: Hold yourself accountable 👌🏻
Now, I’ll admit that this is a bit of a tough one. It’s no biggie being able to set goals, realistic ones of course. The difficult part is when we are forced to stick to our plans in order to reach the goals we set. This may involve letting those close to you in on your plans, hence ‘holding yourself accountable’. The idea behind this is that whenever we feel like deviating from our initial plans, those around us can give us the much needed push. But be careful, for this idea may backfire if both parties have different ideas of when and how to provide that support.
FIVE: Take breaks 🍃
Whether it’s that Korean drama that you’ve been watching or that book you’ve been reading, it’s good to take short breaks in between our work. Do whatever helps you to relax. But here’s an even better option, if you have time to spare. Go outside, take a stroll and do what they call ‘getting in touch with Mother Nature’. I think that having fresh air and a change of scenery alone helps a lot. Not to mention, its good for the eyes and acts as a source of physical activity.
SIX: Keep your end goal in mind 🏁
Life’s a long race to run and it’s easy to forget our purpose sometimes. At times like these, we should keep our end goal in mind. Why did we start on this journey? Why try so hard? What are we getting out of it all? Is it satisfaction at the end of the day that we want? Is it something tangible or intrinsic that we desire? These are some questions to which the answers we should be clear of. For example, if you’re on a diet or weight loss programme, hoping to shed a few pounds, stick to your goal of becoming a better, healthier YOU. If you’re taking a national exam, tell yourself that working hard is all going to be worth the good grades. Find your source of motivation!
And that concludes my personal study tips! I hope that this post has helped you in one way or another ☺️ How do YOU study? Share your tips with me in the comment section! I’d love to hear them!
* Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Applications mentioned were purely for the benefit of my readers.*