Ways to Stay Focused While Studying From Home
As many can attest to, the past school year has been anything but normal. Most of our classes
have been virtual and have been conducted through an online platform. Even here at Indiana
HOSA, we had to convert our regular in-person conferences to virtual due to the impact of
COVID-19. Even though a virtual learning method reduces the spread of the virus, it takes away
the fun and engaging learning experience that we gain from going to school. Keeping these
struggles in mind let’s take a look at some easy methods that you can use to stay focused while
studying from home.
First, it is important to know yourself. Many of us are on a complete online schedule,
which means we get to do work at our own time as long as we get it turned in before the end of
the day. If this is the case for you, figure out the time when you feel the most motivated. If you
are an early riser, wake up early and finish your work and then enjoy the rest of the day; or, work
later during the day. Personally, I find it hard to wake up in the morning but once I am up, I feel
energetic and get my work done.
Next, make a list of the assignments you have for the day. I find this really helpful and it
is something that has helped me a lot. Making a list of assignments/tasks you want to finish for
the day helps visualize all the work you have. I enjoy marking things off as I am done, and love
the adrenaline I get from finishing my work and turning it in. A list also serves as a daily
reminder of what has to get done.
Third, create a workplace. One of the biggest challenges that online school brings about
is having a learning environment. Usually, we are used to going home and relaxing and not doing
much work except homework, but with the circumstances over the past year we now do most of
our activities from home. Having a workplace will help you focus more and get work done.
Make sure that your workplace is not in your bedroom so you don’t have to look at your bed and
have motivation to do work.
Fourth, limit social media usage. Staying home as truly increased the number of hours I
spend on social media. An app like TikTok was irrelevant before quarantine and COVID-19 hit
and now it is one of the biggest social media platforms in the world. Social Media can serve as a
major distraction while you are trying to work. When working, either silence your phone or put it
on do not disturb. This will allow you to work without getting distracted by the texts and snaps
that are coming your way.
Fifth, reward yourself with breaks while working. It is important to step away from our
technological devices as looking at them for long periods is not good for us. I personally like to
set deadlines for myself. For instance, I give myself an hour to finish an assignment and once I
am done, I take a 30-minute break to relax and rejuvenate and then get back to my assignments.