Since I'm usually SUPER unfocused, it's really difficult for me to get into the groove of just sitting down and getting all my work done. I've noticed that I'm more focused at night rather than during that day. Recently, I saw a video of someone with ADHD saying he also works better at night. His theory is that because the world is so busy that during the day, when everyone's awake, there's more stuff to get distracted by than there is at night, when everyone's asleep. I was thinking about it, and I actually see a lot of myself in him. I realized that the strategies I've used to help myself work for long periods of time involve recreating the peaceful energy that the night provides me.
In this post, I'm going to share some of my study/work strategies that I have found to be most successful.
Noise cancelling headphones:
These have been a HUGE help in making me really focus on my tasks. I have super sensitive hearing, and the sound of literally anything can contribute to my distraction. With noise cancelling headphones, I'm able to properly cancel out the noises around me and focus on my work.
Working in quiet rooms:
Similarly to the concept of noise cancelling headphones, working in quiet rooms brings a similar effect. It's a lot easier for me to get things done when there's nothing there to distract me. Well, not all distraction factors are eliminated, but at least there's one less thing to disrupt your focus.
Personally, I don't really used this method since once I'm in the working zone I can sit down and finish tasks for long periods of time, but I've heard it to be effective so I thought I'd throw it out there for you all to try out! The Pomodoro Technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo and its intention is to work with time rather than race against it. You're supposed to pick an assignment to focus on and then set a timer for 25 minutes. In this 25 minutes, you must promise yourself that you will work for the whole time without interruptions. After the timer is done, you can take a short break and then continue for another 25 minutes. Every 4 pomodoros you can take a long break for around 20-30 minutes. For more information on the Pomodoro Technique check out this link. To help encourage the no interruptions idea of the Pomodoro Technique, here are some apps that I find helpful in resisting the temptation to go on your phone:
Study Bunny: Focus Timer