Finding focus when you are stuck at home with about a billion and one distractions is difficult. Before Quarantine, I couldn’t study at home one bit. If I was at home, I was doing everything but studying. Netflix, YouTube, Instagram, playing games. If I needed to get some work done, I’d either go to the library of the various coffee shops nearby. Admittedly, it was quite problematic. Especially during the winters.
With classes going online for the summer and now the upcoming fall term in many Universities across Canada and the world, I had no option but to figure out how to get shit done at home. So, here are some tips that I have found helpful for getting shit done while in quarantine.
- Delete Social Media off your phone.
This may seem extreme and you’ve probably heard of it, but it really works. When Quarantine began, I deleted all social media off of my phone. No Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook. These were my biggest distractions and 9/10 times when I sat down to study, I ended up scrolling through social media for at least a half-hour before actually getting to work. And then constantly getting notifications was extremely distracting. In order to get work done at home, I had to minimize the number of distractions. So, social media was the first to go. I still go on my laptop every now and then, maybe like once a week so I still use and have my account, but it is extremely less than the amount that I was using before.
2. Create a Routine
Building a routine is similar to building a habit. So, I have the routine of getting up, showering, making coffee and getting to work. The first week, it was extremely difficult to get out of bed since I felt that I can get to work on it at any time and there is no rush. But, forcing myself to get up and go through a routine is what allowed me to consistently get up and get to work. This has also helped me continuously study over the last few months. I am sure that I am not the only one who feels a surge of motivation, being very productive for about the first two weeks of a term and then slowly tail off and get lazy. So, routine and habit are what allows me to maintain consistent productivity.
3. Play to your strengths
I have always been a morning person and that is when I am the most productive. I am able to focus and get work done quickly and efficiently along with actually learning and understanding the content rather than my eyes glossing over my lectures. But some people are night owls who have the same effect, but later in the day. So use this to your advantage. Since I am a morning person, I like to wake up around 5–6 and get my day started. This also means that I prefer to go to bed around 10–11. But those who are night owls will prefer to wake up around 11–12 in the morning and then probably get to work around 5–6. If you have to attend your lecture in the morning, I am not saying skip it. Attend it, take notes, but revisit them in the evening. I don’t plan my day to study late because I know that I probably won’t be able to get any work done. To add, if you are currently living at home with your parents and siblings right now, it helps to be up while they are asleep so you get some uninterrupted time to study. This saves you a lot of time and stress.
These tips are things that I learned during quarantine, but as I write this, I realized that these are tips that I am going to continue using as school opens and University life goes back to normal. Not only are these great tips for studying, but productivity in general.