Your Guide to University Success | GRAD - page 21

Tips for beating your mind’s attempts to prevent
you from focusing
You sit down at your desk and start studying. You suddenly remember
something you had to do. Don’t get up and do it! Just write it down at
the bottom of the to-do list for the day. Your mind will be satisfied with
being taken seriously. It might try again to prevent you from concentrat-
ing by popping another seemingly urgent matter into your thoughts. Stay
put, write it down at the bottom of your to-do list. Do this every time it
happens. Your mind will eventually allow you to concentrate on the work
at hand. When you take a break, attend to the new items at the bottom of
your to-do list. Firstly, prioritise the items. You may find that some of the
items are actually, on second thoughts, not urgent at all! Do the urgent
ones and then go back to your studies. Repeat this as required. And do
not, under any circumstances, attend to WhatsApps and other social
messages during focus time!
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