Internet & the speed of communication has never been so fast. In such a dynamic world there a lot of distractions that can hinder your concentration and throw you off your track. Concentration is clearly not an easy thing that can be brought in control.
It’s totally understandable that you are unable to concentrate and hence you end up spending most of your time in front of the book. You take an entire day to complete a topic which can be completed in 4 hours with concentration. This is not only a waste of time but also a waste of your energy and it results in a psychological discomfort.
Getting all your concentration in one place requires 2 broad things.
How to avoid distractions
How to enhance concentration
Mobiles, sleep, play stations, friends, soulmates and a ton of other things lead to distraction. It’s not easy to get these under control in one go. It takes time but more importantly what it requires is dedication. You will concentrate only if you like what you’re doing.
It’s very simple; If you’re driving, you definitely have to concentrate on the road, you can’t fiddle around with your mobile cause you know that can cause a major accident and you don’t want that to happen. Similarly, you won’t get distracted while you’re studying if you don’t want to score less.
It’s in your hands. So the first step to avoid distraction is starting to like what you’re doing. How do you start liking what you’re doing? That is an altogether a separate discussion. Here are a few ways in which you can improve your concentration.
Keep your electronic devices away:
A lot of people might try to contact you for literally no reason, and that is what you need to avoid. You can also be tempted to ask your friends what’s up with them or a thousand of other things. This is what you need to control. Keep your mobile away from you and challenge yourself not to touch your phone for the next one hour.
Develop this attitude that my body, heart, and brain is in my control and I can do whatever I want my heart, body, and mind to do. You’re the boss. Get this attitude and challenge yourself.
Choose your study space wisely:
TV’s on, your sibling’s fooling around, your mom’s shouting from the kitchen, that’s not the kind of environment you’d be able to concentrate well. You need a space where you can actually read things aloud and have just your book in front of you.
Talk to yourself:
It is very important that you talk to yourself about what you’re currently thinking and what do you want to do. Make mental calculations as to how much are you deviating from your original plan. Evaluate the reasons for it and work on the nongenuine reasons. Do not however, call the nongenuine ones to be genuine. That’s what most of the students do to defend themselves from themselves.
Deadlines are important because there is a time constrain that we all have. You might not be able to see it but you know. You have one year to your exams and hence I need to complete a particular topic in 7 days. This is the kind of deadlines you need to have and follow them rigorously.
Remind yourself what you’re doing:
Your mind is too sensitive and hence is prone to diversions. Keep reminding yourself about your hourly or daily goals, and pinpoint the time when you’re going wrong or off your track.