Technology is a constant reminder that we are not doing enough in our daily lives. The notifications, event invitations, and looming deadlines are there to keep us in tune with everything going on around us. How do you keep your head on straight while you study with everything going on?
You know the scenario, you’re working on a paper for class and then your phone dings loudly. One of your friends posted to their new album on Facebook, or your Google calendar is reminding you to research a new travel destination for your upcoming vacation. Next thing you know your concentration is gone, and the voices in your head have taken over. This type of conversation continues when you try to sleep as well. So, how can you remain a diligent student while being faithful to your everyday life? Finding a mind quieting technique that works for you is the first place to start.
Give yourself time to daydream. Matthew E. May, of Lifehacker.com, wrote a great post on “Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind.” In his post he talks about daydreaming as a way to indulge your inner voices. A daydream walk for 20 minutes a day is a sufficient use of time to review the things that are stressing you out outside of classes. During these breaks I take a jog and allow my mind to wander. It brings creative ideas out, and you get exercise in the process.
Another technique is through breaks in concentration. Todoist is a very robust task management system. You can manage complex projects by creating nested-tasks, adding deadlines, assigning priorities, and you can use this tool offline; no internet access necessary.
Don’t ignore the thoughts and reminders flowing through your head each day. Give yourself time to indulge in them throughout the day. This way you’re more productive with your assignments for class.
By J. Mason
Online Learning Tips Editor
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