Distraction is a condition or state of mind in which the attention is diverted from actual interest or focus. It is a mental disturbance and has many connotations, like, noise, improper room conditions, sleeplessness and personal issues etc. Generally, distractions are said to be of two types, outward or external and inward or internal.
The external or outward distractions may be many like, TV, music, mobile, people, conversations, games etc. Whereas the inner distractions may mean disinterest, lack of focus, shallow understanding, hunger, anger, insomnia, procrastination etc.
Distraction is one of the most common problems students encounter with, in particular during study or when they seriously engaged in exam preparation. Students always aim high but the idea of intense hard work comes to their mind only when exams approach. The urgency for good preparation coupled with expectations of parents and teachers make them quite sensitive. Amidst these imperatives students tend to feel the actuality of distractions.
While studying, feelings of distraction actually invite a student’s attention towards something which could be potentially dangerous. To have control over unwanted feelings students stability and a firm commitment plays a pivotal role. Students need to be sharp focused and adhere to practical ways of overcoming distractions:
- Selection of place – Ambiance does matter; select a comfortable, quietest and a bit spacious place for your studies.
- Clean your room – Keep your study room clean, take out all the things that could disturb you.
- Maintain Privacy – Let everyone who lives with you know that you are pretty serious in studying and no one is supposed to disturb you by any mean.
- Organize study schedule – Prepare an effective time table to ensure optimum utilization of available time.
- Avoid friends – Avoid friends. Tell them that you would appreciate if they don’t call or text a message. However, if need help, you can invite your class fellow as a study partner.
- Read aloud – There is a highest possibility that reading aloud will help you remember. Read aloud, in particular when you feel any distraction.
- Concentrate on memorization – If you succeed in remembering studied portions means the distractions have failed. Let memorization be a benchmark to know the effectiveness of your study and the level of your concentration.
- Be flexible – Don’t be tense with regard to the time table, subjects and the left over chapters. Be flexible, utilize the available time to the best of your benefits.
- Change study hours – Sticking to the same schedule sometimes reduces your concentration and interest level. Try to rotate the subjects and there corresponding study hours. If this fails by chance, change your place, go somewhere else, to your friend’s house, garden or school /college library.
- Rotate study pattern – Don’t stick to a solitary style of studying, change the duration of study, shift the place, flip the timings, change the methods.
- Adopt IDEA technique – This is one of the most effective techniques. Here, I stands for identification. You should be aware of the reasons for distractions. D for defining, soon after realization define your positive attitude for dealing with all forms of distractions. E stands for energy, it’s all about energizing yourself to stay always on your toes. A for abandon, give up all bad habits that contribute to distractions.
- Study material – Keep your study material ready. The moment you start your studies, things should be available for instance reference and use. It will be an added advantage for you. It helps understand that everything is under your control and you have a command over things.
- Take short breaks – It is recommended that you should have a small break after every 45 or 60 mins.
- Be productive – Study shows that an average period of concentration per day is less than 2 hours, so you need to be very productive for optimum utilization of the available time.
- Revision snacks – Take some healthy snacks during the breaks. Avoid excess eating, carbonated drink and junk food.
- Motivate yourself – Take a regular assessment of your personal involvement in the studies and memorizing things. Motivate yourself with words and phrases that are quite inspiring.
- Study partner – As it is said, if needed you can have a study partner, or join with anyone. But remember heavy reliance on a study partner is also a kind of distraction.
- Take care of health – Have nutritious food, avoid night outs and sleep at least for six hours.
- Remember God – Invoke Him. Seek His guidance. Ask His forgiveness. Devote quality time for worship. Be thankful to Him for providing you with an ease to study and remember things.
Muhammad Abdullah Javed – Dec’ 2016