Studying and working is a chore to many, and that’s part of the reason why most people lose their focus when they get around to it. I’m sure we’ve all felt that boredom at some point. No matter how much you love the subject, and no matter how much you schedule your day, sometimes it just doesn’t work out.
“I don’t feel like doing it today… I’ll just get this done tomorrow.”
EXERCISE your Focus All Day
So how do we find the focus to sit down and learn? Believe it or not, focus doesn’t start with studying — you need it with you all the time.
It really does make sense: if you let your mind wander for the entire day, playing games and scrolling through social media, do you think it will listen to you when you tell it to focus at 6 PM after the entire day? (This doesn’t mean you can never have fun. Let me explain.)
Practice focus throughout your day; this includes your free time! Focus on playing that game for one hour, focus on reading that book, focus on finishing your food quickly. Once you teach your brain how to focus, once you start practicing it more often, you will see that it comes naturally to you when you actually sit down to get some work done.
Above all, enjoy what you’re doing in the moment — don’t dwell on what you could be doing/what you’re not doing. Then, when you start to study, your brain will enjoy it.
One stumbling block to focus is a huge part of our lives these days: social media. We can easily spend hours on all of the different sites these days without even realising. Many kids can’t even live without checking messages and information every few minutes — I see it happening before my very eyes, and I used to be guilty of that as well. Those apps (like Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and Tumblr) are designed to keep people engaged. So how do you break free?
- Set a daily limit on your account after 1 hour
- Turn off notifications!
- Exercise self control
- Use another app for music (not YouTube!)
- Find news on traditional news sites (perhaps even twitter, but no reposting!)
By following these rules, you’ll find that you have way more free time at the end of the day. You’ll also feel happier and probably even more energetic!
Above All, Take Initiative
In the end, it’s all about what you want to achieve. Embrace the joy of learning and bettering yourself throughout your life. The world is interesting — magical, even — so discover it through your hard work!
– Your fellow student