In the modern world, our attention span is limited – and that is putting it kindly. There is always something else to be watching, enjoying, or working on, and to try and focus on something when there are so many other options available can be difficult in the best of times.
This piece is going to focus (get it?) on some top tips that can help you with studying and general life tasks.
So, let’s get into it.
Create a Priority List
The first thing you want to do to help your life become focused and organized is to create a list that is in order of priority. Not only will this help your tasks stop ruminating around in your head, but it will also give you a clear picture of what you need to tackle to ensure that you clear off the important jobs first.
This works if you are studying and have different sections of work you need to look at, papers to write, or presentations to create. It is also very useful if you are just beginning university and you need to put together all of the admin parts, such as the college transfers requirements for Pepperdine University, or a different university of your choice. Once you have worked through the essentials, you can then start to focus on the things that are less time pressing such as sourcing pre-term materials to read.
Take it One Thing at A Time
One of the most important aspects of being able to focus on anything is to only focus on one thing at a time. If you try to multitask, more often than not you just end up doing a poor job of everything. It is a much better use of your time to choose one task to give your undivided attention.
Make Sure to Take Breaks
Taking breaks is perhaps one of the most important parts of being able to stay focused on a task. It can be difficult to give our attention to anything for a long period – even our favorite shows! Therefore, taking breaks are so crucial to actual focus. They can help us retain information, give our brain a rest, and refresh our body and mind for the next batch of learning. You can get mental and physical fatigue from trying to take in too much information, even when you are not actively being physical.
Use Proven Focus Techniques
Focus is well sought after in the western world. We have a limited amount of time for everything that life requires of us, and it can often feel like it is too much on our plate. While that can be the case, sometimes it is also just a lack of time management. Using proven focus techniques, such as the Pomodoro technique, time blocking, or even instrumental music can help you stay on track, and get much more out of your time for less effort. This will help you to get the most out of your study and personal time.