Whether we like it or not, human beings are designed for singular focus. Our point of focus can be broad or narrow, however if we refine focus itself we excel at what we are doing. Concentration and mental acuity levels are heightened when focus is held in one direction. Distractions are inevitable, but completing any task efficiently requires one to stay in the zone. Here are a few key techniques to help improve the quality of your homework or other activities, boosting focus when you need it most.
No matter what work environment you are in, or how ideal the situation may be, certain distractions are inevitable. When you find yourself plagued by the exact same problems repeatedly, accept them and move on. There are some factors that are far easier to observe, identify, name and ignore, than they are to get rid of. Put yourself at peace with the things that cannot be easily changed. After all some things are just not worth the time and effort that it takes away from you day of writing. Learning to cope with these controversial environmental and human factors takes far less time than eliminating them completely. You will find that when you accept the things you cannot easily change your homework will be easily expressed on paper clearly and quickly.
Music Helps You Stay in the Zone
Find the style of music that works best with your head, helping you to focus. Use it as a tool. Each of us will find that specific styles of music have a beneficial effect to our concentration and focus. Music has profound effects on mood changes and the presence of a background track can make all the difference to staying on track. All too often we forget the assets available to us, and forsake the use of many of our tools. Music is commonly overlooked, or misused. Just as beneficial as it is to have the right music keeping you in the zone, the wrong selection can be extremely distracting. Be sure to classify your preferences honestly, keeping in mind the affect that they have on your productivity.
Stay in One Place
Once you have found your focus in a particular place, don’t move about to a different space! The change in environment can break you train of thought, dropping concentration from the subject at hand. Your environment and setting makes a bigger difference on your habits of thought than is commonly realized. Similarly if you find yourself facing a bout of writer’s block and cannot drop the issue facing you, then step out to a different area. Whether it is the backyard, a different room or a coffee shop, change your scenery and surroundings. The stimulation and foreign setting may be exactly what you need to break the unnecessary blockage in your writing process.
Observe Your Urges
If begin to notice that you have an urge for something other than the writing which you need to complete, then take a moment to observe the urge. After thinking on it for a moment and then carrying on with your academics, you will find that the craving subsides rather quickly. No thought wants to be swept under the carpet! Unresolved ideas will grow stronger when put aside, returning to the foreground of your thoughts after necessary processing. Deal with them immediately, but with little attention or emotion, to ensure that they pass quickly and do not build into distractions. Homework does not need to take an extensive amount of time. You cannot let anything distract you, especially not trivial thoughts.