How To Study better And Stop Time Wasting

Do you want to learn how to stop wasting time and study proactively instead? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! In this article you are going to learn the EXACT steps you need to take in order to overcome laziness and procrastination and get on with doing your study or other work instead.

So how do you stop wasting time and start studying instead?

The secret is that you need to eliminate distractions. Distractions are the number one killer of motivation/drive/work ethic, and the biggest factor that contributes to time wastage.

What counts as a distraction in this context? As you might expect, I’m talking about things like:

  • Cell phones (specifically text messaging)
  • Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr
  • Multi tabbed browsing; where you have one tab open for your work but lots of other tabs open for unnecessary stuff as well (so tab one might be the resource you are studying, but tab two has Facebook and tab three a news site etc)
  • Working in an environment with lots of noise pollution and foot traffic

So if you want to learn how to stop wasting time and study better, then you must also learn how to eliminate distractions from your life.

This is going to require you to find your inner focus and determination. In our modern, busy world of almost constant distractions it can be a real challenge to actually kick distractions to the curb … but if they are getting in the way of your work, then you need to do it urgently!

Here’s what you can do to eliminate distractions that are preventing you from studying and working, and making you waste time:

Work away from your mobile devices (if possible).

This is especially important if your study involves doing something like detailed reading of a book or handout. You simply cannot focus if your phone is ringing off the hook or getting blown up by text messages.

Use noise cancelling headphones to create a more productive working environment.

I recommend these Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones, which I use whenever working in a more public space in order to cancel out annoying interferences. You will be wasting a lot of time that could be spent studying if you work in crowded places such as libraries without “noise protection”.

Only have one browser tab/window open at once.

This is a biggie; it is simply impossible to work on more than thing at once. Multi tasking is really just doing worse at more than one thing. So if you’re wasting lots of time and would rather study instead, then force yourself to use only one browser tab or window – one that is focused upon what you need to be doing. If you are reading class notes, then there is no need to have Facebook open in another tab!

If you’re looking for more ways to stop wasting time, then make sure you read this comprehensive guide on my site (it is focused primarily on stopping procrastination, but will really help you to quit your time-wasting habits as well!)