Im­prove your at­ten­tion span

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Education Guide -

EV­ERY­ONE goofs off some­times but when play­ing on YouTube in­stead of study­ing be­comes a habit, you might waste so much time that you start fail­ing.

So if you have trou­ble main­tain­ing a de­cent at­ten­tion span, here are some tips.

Get seven hours sleep a night

Sleep de­pri­va­tion is a tor­ture. Af­ter a day with­out it, you be­come mud­dled and can’t make ra­tio­nal de­ci­sions. Af­ter a cou­ple of days you’ll begin to hal­lu­ci­nate.

So don’t tor­ture your­self: you need a good night’s sleep every night to keep your brain buzzing along ef­fi­ciently.

Write a to-do list

You need to set your­self clear goals so that you can track how you’re do­ing and to help you fo­cus on what must be done. Also, it feels re­ally, re­ally good to cross things off.

Elec­tronic is okay but pa­per and pen can be even more sat­is­fy­ing when it comes to cross­ing items off.

Work in down­times

When you’re wait­ing for the bus, you can read a chap­ter of your book. When you’re walk­ing to class, you can vi­su­alise that pre­sen­ta­tion you’ll be graded on. When you make that list, work out what you can do while you’re busy do­ing noth­ing.

Switch off your phone

It’s nice to see who’s do­ing what on What­sApp but un­less it is an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion, you can live with­out it. So switch it off and con­cen­trate on what you’re do­ing.

Re­ward your­self

If you’re good dur­ing the day, you get time off to do what you love most. So block time in your sched­ule that is your own time.

Try to find at least one big block of time dur­ing the week where you can do some­thing sub­stan­tial like hik­ing or play­ing foot­ball.

Re­ward your­self for be­ing good by do­ing some­thing in­ter­est­ing like hik­ing.

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