I am such a procrastinator, does anyone have any good tips on staying focused?

United States
April 7, 2011 12:38pm CST
I am really good at starting to study and do homework, but after about 20 min, my mind begins to wander, or I think im hungry. I used to eat snacks while i studied to help me focus...but I always gain weight during finals. Seriously. I can eat something then focus again for half an hour...but then I get unfocused again. Especially if I am on the computer...I'll start surfing and lose track of time. Does anyone have any solutions?
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@jemilane (176)
• Philippines
8 Apr 11
You have to find a place where you can put your undisturbed attention totally to your studies. Stay away from things that you know would eventually steal your mind away. Motivation to stay in focus is also one factor you need to have. :)
• Canada
8 Apr 11
I find that if I eat too many times during the day, I get much LESS focused. So I tend to eat only 2 scheduled times a day - that is Lunch & Dinner. If I am doing a large assignment, I down some food so that I won't get hungry later. I feel that eating less has increased my concentration a ton! I really would like some suggestions on the procrastination front, too! lol
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
8 Apr 11
hi Boncie, I have the same problem as u do. I procrastinate a lot too. I keep losing focus. Rather than keep eating and gaining fats, perhaps you could try to write out a timetable and stick to it as much as you can. That would help you focus.
@lady1993 (20416)
• Philippines
8 Apr 11
I am a procrastinator too- I have already wasted 2 weeks of my summer vacation. My tip would be, stay away from the computer when you're studying, they can be very tempting and can eat up all your time. Stay away from the tv too- just you , your books and your notes.
@joaomacp (67)
• Portugal
7 Apr 11
Hey there! I'm a procrastinator as well, I can identify with your feelings. What I usually do to fight this is to set up a timer on my cellphone, and study for that amount of time. Then, when the time is over, I stop for a while, and I see if I need to study more or not. I also make plans for how many hours I should study each day of the week. And during study time, keet your computer off. You'll be much more focused on studying, and therefore you will be able to spend time on the computer later, when the studying is done.
@wiggles18 (2523)
• Canada
7 Apr 11
As soon as you get that urge to actually do what you are thinking about doing- do it then! Don't even really think too much about it, or you will come up with some sort of excuses.
• United States
7 Apr 11
For studying... Turn off the computer. Seriously, turn it off. Stick to the books and the notes. If you need something from the computer than print it out. Keep the TV, your phone, your music, and whatever else is distracting you off. I know loads of students say they can multitask and it's not hurting their studying, but I see them getting absolutely nothing done or learned. So turn it off! Read through your textbooks/notes to study. To ward off boredom, get up and walk around from time to time. Constantly ask yourself, "How does this apply to my life? What is it that this book is trying to get through to me?" Be attentive and interested! Don't just yawn and let your eyes glaze over the page. For homework... you should still turn off the computer if you can help it. If you need the computer to do your work (which in this day and age, is really hard to avoid) then make sure the internet is off along with your music and anything else getting in the way. I would recommend nixing the internet in your research searches and going to the library instead. It may sound stogy and old-fashioned to you, but it keeps you focused and helps you to learn more.