9 Hacks That Will Increase Your Concentration And Help You To Focus On Study.
Students often complain that they are not able to focus on the study. They try different ideas advised by others but nothing seems working.
The problem of focusing on study or on other constructive things is not limited to only students but adults and elders also.
When they start working on something important that requires serious concentration, they get bored, demotivated, and give up easily on the task after some time.
It is a challenge to stay focused on study for a longer duration of time and this is serious because it can hamper your studies. And you will probably get fewer numbers in exam results.
In this article, though we will talk more about a focus on study, the same is true for every situation where you need to concentrate for a longer duration of time. For instance, your projects, your hustle, your office work, or your research.
Everyone is concerned and searching for the cause, why they are not able to focus on studies, and what can be done to tackle this problem.
When I think more about it and I have found a few things that will help you to concentrate on study for hours.
Let’s dive deeper,
Distractions around you are the reason why you are not able to concentrate.
We are surrounded with many distractions that shift our focus from study to other things.
For example, TV, mobile phone, video games, music player, and other electronic gadgets.
These habits are highly addictive once you started using a mobile phone, it will waste your half to one hour easily. The same goes for TV and video games.
When your mobile rings or vibrates while you are studying, you can’t control the impulse. You will pull out the phone and start checking the notification.
If you keep doing this for some time you will feel distracted, saturated, drained, and lazy.
You will probably procrastinate to start studying again. Because your mind got distracted toward pleasure things and now study looks boring.
You might be studying in a noisy place. e.g. Maybe a lot of people in your home, some mills or factories near your home producing a lot of noise.
Noise causes intermittent distraction in between studies and it becomes hard to stay focused for a long time.
Problems in your family like abusive parents, foster parents, unavailable parents, money crunches, etc. will make you tense and shift your focus away from study.
Family problem is a significant distraction that makes you drained mentally.
2. SAY NO TO MULTITASKING.
You being multitasking could be the reason why you can’t focus on studies.
Because you try to do multiple things at once and it causes the problem.
For instance, you are watching TV while studying, using a mobile phone in between or chit-chatting with others while studying.
You keep thinking about multiple things at the same time while study, it will be hard to concentrate.
This behavior will distribute your attention to multiple things. And because our brain can’t do more than one active thing at once, it becomes difficult to focus on one thing properly.
Also, our brain can’t switch focus really quickly, it takes time.
That’s why if you really want to focus on study stop multitasking.
Because of evolutionary instincts, our brain focuses on what we think important. Setting goals is nothing but signaling your brain what is important for you.
You must have a goal if you want to get serious about the study.
Set the short term and long term goals. For instance, short term goals like how many portions you have to finish in a day, week, or month. Or long term goals like how many potions you have to finish in six months or in a year.
Get yourself a long term goal first and then break it into small goals so that you will stay motivated and don’t feel burdened.
Habits that give us pleasure and happiness attract us easily. This is because these habits stimulate the body to a secret a high quantity of dopamine in our body.
Habits such as watching TV, using mobile phones, electronic gadgets, surfing the internet, scrolling through social media, eating junk food, playing video games, gambling, drugs, and streaming platforms can make us habitual.
As Dopamine is a pleasure hormone, with high dopamine in our brain we feel ecstatic and overwhelmed.
Constructive things like study produce the less or normal quantity of dopamine, which means it doesn’t give that much pleasure.
If you are addicted to high dopamine surge you are likely to feel bored and unmotivated while studying in between these high dopaminergic habits and you start procrastinating and keep postponing the work. Hence it becomes difficult to focus on study.
Dopamine Detox may help you in this situation.
You must be disciplined in what you do if you want to achieve something in the long term.
Disciplines such as you must make a schedule for study and follow it strictly.
Without any excuses study for decided hour daily. wake up on time, go to sleep on time, have food on time.
Discipline will help you to avoid distractions and stay motivated for the longer-term. It will help you to stay away from high dopaminergic habits.
Pomodoro Technique is widely used by people for time management while focusing on the important tasks. It will help to concentrate on work for a longer time on one thing.
Pomodoro Technique is developed by Francesco Cirillo in 1980 to break down work time while working in the kitchen.
POMODORO is a tomato-shaped alarm like a timer that rings after 25 minutes.
In this technique first, you have to decide which task you have to focus on. Here our task is to study.
Set the alarm (or Pomodoro) so that it will ring after 25 minutes.
For the next 25 minutes, you will only focus on study and will stay away from any distractions and impulses.
Study for 25 minutes with full concentration. When the alarm rings after 25 minutes take a short break of 5 minutes.
5 minutes break must be either constructive or relaxing. For example, grab a coffee, meditate, do breathing exercises, go for a short walk. Avoid unhealthy things like eating junk food, surfing the internet or social media, and watching TV. This will help your brain to relax and recharge.
If you remember something in the middle of the study, note it down on paper and do it later.
Continue this until you finish four Pomodoro cycles, after four cycles you can take a large break for 30 minutes.
When you finish 30 minutes break repeat 25 minutes of work and 5-minute brake cycle again for four cycles.
This will keep you focused on study for a longer period of time and eventually will increase your productivity.
Self-care or Personal care is also important to keep your body and mind healthy.
It will improve the productivity of your brain and also develop healthy psychology.
Take a good sleep for at least 7-8 hours a day. Do not stay up late in the night, instead wake up early in the morning.
Morning is the best time to study because your brain is relaxed and recharged at this time and functions with full potential.
Eat good and healthy food. Avoid junk and outside food if possible. Drink a lot of water 4-5 liters in a day. Keep yourself hydrated.
If you really want to achieve something you have to be brutally honest with yourself and your work.
If you are studying or If you are working on important task, do it with complete honesty.
You should be aware that today’s hard work will bring sweet fruit in a long time just be real.
What is important, do it now. Postponing will bring bitter consequences.
The reality check will surely help you to focus on study and stay motivated.
I can understand that concentrating on one thing for hours is boring and difficult. You need a lot of motivation to do it.
Reality check and discipline will help you to stay motivated. Another thing you can do is give yourself a reward when you finish your study portion in time.
Give up short term pleasure and think about long term benefits, which will give you motivated.
You need to keep yourself motivated continuously until you finish working on the task.
Follow the following 9 simple hacks, that will increase your concentration and focus on study,
1. Avoid Distractions.
2. Say no to multitasking.
3. Set goals.
4. Dopamine Detox.
6. POMODORO technique.
8. Reality check.
9. Keep yourself motivated.
POMODORO TECHNIQUE is originally used for time management while working in the kitchen. But now widely used for time management and keep yourself focused on the task for hours.
Self motivation will help you to convince yourselves to study.
Naturally, we get attracted to comfort and pleasure things, that don’t require much effort.
But studying requires serious concentration and hard work. You have to leave your comfort zone. That is why you get bored and feel sleepy.