5 Easy Ways to Limit Distractions and Boost Your Focus

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Rachel Aul, Account Associate

As a busy college student, it can be hard to sit down and get right to work – especially with all the notifications and alerts present in today’s media age. Here are some tips and tricks that should help when it’s time to buckle down and get to work.

1. Set reasonable expectations for yourself

Writing a to-do list of every task that needs done for the entire week is going to feel too overwhelming and impossible to complete. Instead, set reachable goals and provide yourself with enough time to reach those goals.

2. Silence your phone

It’s hard to stay focused when your phone is buzzing with notifications. Consider turning your phone on silent, and placing it within walking distance from where you are working. That way, you will be less tempted to reach for it.

3. Stop multitasking

Research continues to prove that humans can only focus on one task at a time. Devote your entire attention to a specific task before moving on to another.

4. Grab a snack before you start

Preparing for your study time will allow you to lessen your distractions. Make yourself a healthy snack, pour yourself a cup of coffee and set up your work area. By the time you’re all set up, you’ll be ready to go.

5. Take short breaks

If you find yourself burning out, take a short break. Go for a walk, doodle or listen to some music. Be sure to set a timer for your break so you don’t spend too much time unfocused.

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