Whatever type of course you are doing, there will be a certain amount of studying that you need to do at home. This is fine if you are motivated and have somewhere quiet to study, but there are always going to be times when you either want to be distracted, or are unwittingly distracted. If you really want to stop procrastinating and get on with your studies, there are a number of things that you can do to avoid distractions when studying at home.
Put a do not disturb sign on your door
Hopefully, you have a room in which you can study and shut the door on the rest of the world. Put a sign on the door saying that you don’t want to be disturbed, so that family members know you are working. It may not stop them disturbing you completely, but it should cut down on the distractions. If they know your studies are important to you, then they should back off.
Have a schedule
It is always easiest to avoid distractions if you have a schedule and stick to it. If everyone knows that you study in the evening, then they are less likely to call or come round when you are studying. It will also help you to get into gear and stop procrastinating. Of course, a schedule will always need a certain amount of flexibility, but some kind of routine is important when trying to study.
Turn your phone off
Once you sit down to study, switch your phone off – don’t just put it on silent, switch it off completely. If you don’t, and someone calls or texts, you will be tempted to answer, especially if you are a bit bored with what you are doing. If you have a landline phone connection in your room, you should also switch that off. They will call back if they really want to talk to you.
Fit your breaks around favourite TV programmes
You need to have regular breaks – if you study for hours on end, your brain will reach full capacity and you will struggle to take things in. However, make sure you fit your breaks around your favourite TV programmes – the last thing you want to do is go downstairs for a break when they are on, because you will struggle to get back to studying. Either deliberately take a break when the programme is on, or stay well clear of the television.
Limit your social Internet time
If you need to be online to do your studies, then you may well find social networking sites and emails to be a major distraction. Make a pact with yourself to check them no more than once every two hours and then for no more than ten minutes. It can be a treat for you to look forward to and get you through study periods. As for games, don’t even contemplate starting one until you have finished your studying.
Studying at home can be extremely productive if you avoid distractions. Be organised, set yourself a schedule, avoid temptations and you should be just fine.