Exam season is here, and you have a whole semester’s worth of work to cram into 2 weeks, meaning a fortnight of library sessions, all-nighters, and copious amounts of coffee…
It’s safe to say exam season is definitely the worst ‘season’ known to man, and there are so many distractions out there which can make matters worse. Do you ever find that things you’d normally find completely uninteresting and dull, suddenly become the top of your to-do list at the most crucial times? Like when you’ve left everything to the last minute? Yep, that quiz on which type of pizza topping you are is SO much more important than pythagorizes theorem.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone, research by the University of California estimates that we are now bombarded with twice as much information than we were 30 years ago – no wonder you feel like you have the attention span of a gold fish.
Experts are blaming the internet for the lack of concentration in the ‘digital generation’, which is now causing young people to reach to prescription drugs when trying to stay awake whilst studying for exams. But this doesn’t have to be the case, there are many natural ways to increase focus without having to take potentially harmful substances.
So, whether you’re looking to smash your mountain of invoices at work, finish your 10,000-word essay or revise for your upcoming exams, we’ve got you covered with our top tips on how to improve concentration, the natural way.
You can do anything, not everything.
Ever feel like when you try do million and one things at once, you end up doing nothing? Well yes, you can’t do everything – you’re not superman. Instead, write a list, prioritise what the most important are and make sure they’re done first. As you begin to tick things off the list, you’ll feel relieved, less stressed and in a better mindset to focus on the task at hand.
Fitting your work around your circadian rhythm is a great way to increase productivity. For most of us our peak alertness is 10 am – in fact, madly enough, studies show that our most productive time of the week is 10.01am on a Monday morning! Our deepest sleep occurs at 2am, so always make sure you’re tucked up by then to give your brain a chance to fully recuperate and absorb all that you’ve learnt throughout the day.
In your cycle of unproductivity, you probably feel like you don’t deserve a break, but actually, this could do you a whole world of good. Set a timer and work for 30-minute block sessions separated by 5-10 minute breaks. This will give you something to work towards and you’ll feel a real sense of achievement by being focused the whole time.