We’ve all been there.
Sit down at your computer to work on that assignment for school. Open Word. Set Paragraph to 1.5 line spacing. Good to go.
Maybe I’ll just do some extra research to find more ideas for the essay. Oh, apparently Meerkats lay eggs. Is that true? And down the rabbit hole you go, 18 minutes of ‘study time’ spent away from the Word document.
Okay that’s all good though. That time wasn’t wasted, I learned some interesting things that might help my assignment.
I’ll just check my Facebook messages quickly … **writes back to a few**
Right, time to write. Oh wait, actually it’s time for dinner. Back to writing after dinner.
Sound annoyingly familiar? The video up top, featuring James Hamblin MD (not an actual doctor), prescribes trying out a tabs-free lifestyle. Imagine working on just one tab at a time while on the internet.
Be present in the thing that you’re doing.
Work on it until it’s done. And then close it.
This is studying in 2017. Put away your phone. Shut out distractions for even 30 minutes at a time. Be strict with yourself and the benefits will be fast upon you.
It’s worth knowing that your anticipation of little red notifications on Facebook, Instagram or whatever is driven by Dopamine, a chemical in the brain linked to reward-motivated behaviour. We’re kind of addicted to the chemical hit that comes from aimlessly scrolling down, anticipating some novel new discovery.
When you find that something new? Far less satisfying. There’s diminishing returns. And then, oh damn … it’s late and you haven’t finished your assignment.
But this isn’t life! That ain’t productive study time.
Unplug. Get focused. One tab at a time. Watch your stress decrease and assignments get done!