Having trouble staying on task? Got focus problems and aren’t feeling productive, but you got an important test coming up? No worries, because 👏 you 👏 got 👏 this 👏.
1. De-clutter (that workspace)
It’s a lot easier to work in a space where you can spread yourself out. If your workspace is gunked up with stuff not relevant to what you are doing, it’s really easy to get distracted. So do yourself a solid and clear up your desk, living room, counter, or etc in your Kapi Apartment and get to work.
2. Move Around
If you like to exercise and/or workout, this one should be easy for you. For the rest of us, we have to remind ourselves that even though we are mentally capable of remaining seated for 8+ hours a day, we probably shouldn’t be staying still for that long. Make sure that you take some time from your study grind to stretch out those arms and legs! Don’t let your back get wack! Let those muscles flex a little! You’ll be surprised how much better you can work when your body is not locked in one position for hours on end. You can use the free fitness center in the community for this, or walk around the park with your roommates to stay productive.
3. Don’t Self-Destruct (take a break)
But it’s not just your physical state you should be keeping an eye on. Sometimes, staring at the same problem or paragraph for minutes, even hours, can make you feel like you’re going crazy. You might end up getting frustrated or giving up all together, which is kind of a downer, especially when you usually need some kind of morale to keep yourself productive through an intense grind. If that seems to happen to you a lot, then you really need to take a break. Cook some food or order take out. Watch vine compilations on Youtube. Check your Snapchat or Instagram. Just as long as you set some limits on how long you take your break, the sky’s the limit. Don’t feel guilty about indulging yourself. You’ve earned it.
4. Review What You Learn
Don’t just speed through what you’re doing for the sake of moving on. If you don’t get it and you just blow through it, you’ll end up hitting a roadblock somewhere down the line and that’s kinda the opposite of what you want out of a study session. Take notes, and maybe once in a while, refresh yourself with their contents. Reread chapters. Redo problems. Have someone quiz you on what you think you know and what you don’t know. Practice makes perfect. It keeps you on your toes and it’s a good morale booster when you eventually hit a roadblock (because you will hit one). 💪
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Written by: Jessica Tsien