The Battle for Your Brain: Ways to Avoid Distractions
Multiple assignments with springtime distractions can be tiresome and threaten your grade point average, making finishing the last few weeks of the spring semester akin to running a medieval gauntlet.
There are so many things fighting for your attention: email, texts, Facebook and Twitter, family, friends, coworkers, and even pets.
Here are some easy things you can do to combat distractions and finish the semester strong:
Identify your weaknesses.
Can you resist a text message? What about a Facebook notification? If your web browser is open, can you ignore it or must you surf?
Knowing what distracts you will help you form a strategy to avoid straying from your target. Be honest with yourself, and make a list of every potential threat to your focus. This leads us to number 3…
Use your resources.
When you know what you want to achieve, and you’ve identified potential obstacles to achieving your goals, the next step is to figure out what you can do to help yourself stay focused.
Is noise is a distraction? Wear noise-canceling headphones or put in ear buds and listen to ocean sounds. If email or text notifications are a problem for you, adjust your phone’s settings and turn them off, or put your phone in a drawer across the room while you’re working. For some people, shutting down Outlook and closing their Internet browser is the only way to get things accomplished.
If you have kids or pets that distract you, ask a friend, family member or neighbor to keep them occupied so you can work.
Do you have a plan to counteract distractions? What works for you? Let us know in the comments below.
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