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Top ways to keep yourself focused

By FreshSocial 28 Sep 2016

Moving away means you don't have your parents breathing down your neck, constantly reminding you to get things done. 

Although this sounds like a good thing now, when deadlines approach you'll start to realise you could actually do with someone there to motivate you...

There are ways to stay focused...

  • Create a to-do list
    This not only gives you a plan to stick to but it helps you prioritize tasks. There's also something very satisfying about ticking off or crossing out something when it's done.
    Why not try an app: EvernoteWunderlistGoogle Keep
  • Have a break
    ...have a kit-kat! Or else go for a walk, simply close your eyes- just step away from the task. It'll help refocus the mind so when you get back, you will be more productive.
  • Set yourself strict deadlines and rewards
    For example, for every 500 words you write, you get 5 mins on your phone or after every 3 chapters, you get a sweet. It gives you something to aim for and look forward to! 
  • Shh please!
    Noise can be a huge distraction, even if it's just ambient. The sound of cars or people outside can be irritating and affect focus. Try a quiet study zone for some peace now and again.
  • Avoid multi-tasking
    Or start a 'distraction list.' It happens all the time- you'll be doing one thing then remember another. Rather than switch between tasks, complete one before moving onto the other. Write down anything you think of as you go and add them to your to-do list for later. 
  • Have you own space
    Choose a designated spot for when you need to really focus. If you try and study on your bed, you're more likely to relax as we associate bed with sleep. Have your workspace separate to these spots and you'll be more productive. 

You could also try out: meditation, brain training apps, getting a good night's sleep or finding a work buddy. Whichever works best for you!

Give them a go and smash that next revision session!

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