Re­mov­ing ob­sta­cles to learn­ing fo­cus

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

DO you have that aw­ful sense of “Where did the time go?” in the mid­dle of a se­mes­ter? Or­gan­is­ing your time is im­por­tant but be­fore you get there, it’s worth check­ing out if you are un­in­ten­tion­ally sab­o­tag­ing your pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Here are some com­mon ways we can be­come dis­tracted from study goals.

Be­ing too con­cerned about small mat­ters

It’s nice to do well in ev­ery­thing, but if you are lim­ited in time, it makes sense to put the most ef­fort into the as­sign­ments that carry the most weight in terms of marks.

Work out at the be­gin­ning of the se­mes­ter what you need to do and how much each piece of work counts to­wards your end grade. Fo­cus your best en­ergy on the things that re­ally mat­ter.

Tak­ing on ex­tra cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties that don’t count to­wards the bot­tom line

While it’s im­por­tant to have fun and to learn soft skills from ac­tiv­i­ties like the de­bat­ing team, it’s not so good if you’re so over­loaded with com­mit­ments that you’re im­ping­ing on your study time.

Take a look at your non-es­sen­tial ac­tiv­i­ties and be ruth­less about cut­ting out time eaters that don’t con­trib­ute to your learn­ing goals. You can pick up the fun stuff later when you get the dream job.

Not set­ting your study scene

To get good work done you need to have a quiet space with all the re­sources you need and enough time to re­ally get into what you’re do­ing.

If you’re try­ing to get things done in the cof­fee shop, you’ll be dis­tracted by friends, noise, that book you don’t have and more.

So cre­ate your workspace, gather the tools you need, switch off your phone and make study­ing a nat­u­rally pro­duc­tive ac­tiv­ity.

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