I feel like i'll remember it and i can get back to it later.Instead of being distracted from the task at hand.
Of course,"later"is quite arbitrary.So it helps to set when that"later"will be by taking breaks regularly.
You can do this with the Pomodoro method,which is 25 minutes of work and 5 minutes of rest or a 50:10 rule.Which is like the same but double.
Another way to improve your focus is to just work on thing at a time and make it very clear exactly what that is.
It's almost impossible to aim at a target if you kn't know what you're aiming to do.Also,working on just one topic or task at a time will help you get into the flow for that specific thing.
The way to do this is first to make a to-do list,then break down the bigger tasks on your to-do list into smaller things.So for example,writing your paper becomes,choose your topic,make an outline,write your thesis so on
After you've make your to-do list.The way to choose what to do first is to prioritize one way is to use the Eisenhower matrix.
I'll put a graphic about it on screen right now.I also recommend doing the hardest things first when you have the most energy and motivation.
My third tip is,do not multitask.You might think that you're being more efficient,but multitasking really is impossible.
Research shows that we can only handle one thing at a time instead of multitasking.You're actually just very quickly witching between the two tasks.
This also has a switching cost,meaning you are spending more effort on just switching between the tasks which reduces your efficiency overall.
So the practical application is don't do two things at the same time.But also don't play movies,shows YouTube videos or podcasts in the background while you're working.
Another tip is to clean up your work-space,as the visual clutter around you will distract your mind even if you don't notice it.
Tip 5 seems very obvious,but it's surprising how effective this is if you actually implement it,and this is to get rid of distractions,so turn off notifications on your phone.
I'm going to tell you,you see that little bell icon,turn if off.
Notifications are a big one and you should also consider putting you phone on the opposite side of the room that way you aren't tempted to grab it.
Also block certain sites.You always get distracted on using a website blocker,and use noise cancelling headphones to prevent noises around you from distracting you.
As a perfectionist,i find that on of my main obstacles to getting things done is that i start thinking that it's not good enough.So i just stop doing it.
A mindset shift that's really helped me is not criticize until I've finished.
For example,having a bad draft down on a paper is still better than having nothing written.Editing is much easier than actually doing something.
So getting it all out on the first go and then going back to fix things is overall,pretty efficient in order for your mind to be focused and working at its maximum potential.
You also have to take care of your body in order to have a healthy mind before studying.You can do some quick exercises to get your blood moving and to clear your mind.Also make sure you're hydrated and well fed with some healthy snacks.Try to get a good night's sleep each night.
But id you're really tired,have a 20-minute power nap also make sure you look up from your computer screen and loot at something in the distance every once in a while,so you can relax your eyes.
There are some things you can do to improve your focus.Long-term as focus is like stamina,and it's also like a muscle that can be built up.
One way to do this is to meditate.And i know that sounds very"Whoo!Whoo!Hippie"ish!But it's become a lot more accessible recently.
You can find some great apps or videos that will teach you how to meditate.
Another way is to read or listen to audio-books.There are both ways to get you to focus on something for a while so that you can get used to actually focusing.