5 Methods for Focusing and Concentrating Effectively

The Roman poet Horace once said,

“Rule your mind, or it will rule you.” | Tweet This

The life of a student is constantly peppered with periods when we don’t feel like we rule our own minds. There’s a disconnect with what we truly want to do – that is, what our goals and aspirations tell us we should be doing – and what we actually find ourselves doing.

We know that focusing on a single task is the best way to finish it efficiently and effectively.

Yet, we often find ourselves attempting to multi-task. Or, even worse, we find ourselves distracted – going down the Reddit rabbit hole, spacing off or, like, juggling potatoes or something (that actually sounds like an awesome way to waste time).

In the past, I’ve talked about how scheduling high-density fun can be an effective way to ward off distractions. Perhaps, though, you’re in need of some additional techniques to truly attain the level of focus you want.

Well, I’m right with you, friend. As someone who has transitioned from the role of a student to that of a full-time information worker, I can tell you that the ability to focus doesn’t magically manifest itself when you get your degree. That ability must be earned.

Today, we’ll explore five techniques for earning a more effective ability to concentrate on your work.

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Building your ability to avoid distractions is integral to becoming a successful student. If you enjoyed the video, you’ll find even more tips on this topic  in Chapter 5 of my free 100+ page book called 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less).

The book also covers topics like:

  • Defeating procrastination
  • Getting more out of your classes
  • Taking great notes
  • Reading your textbooks more efficiently

…and several more. It also has a lot of recommendations for tools and other resources that can make your studying easier.

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Video Notes

5 ways to focus on studying more effectively and avoid distractions!

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Minyette Bodden

my email for the book never arrived 🙁

Brian Yee
Hi Thomas, I’m a regular reader of your blog. This video about focus and concentration has opened my eyes on new ways to control our mind avoiding distractions that hold us back from accomplishing tasks. The burnt ships technique is amazing, I knew this long ago but never try it out, in my opinion it needs strong willpower to do so. I think I should give it a try anyway. I’ve installed the Forest app you introduced in the video. The graphic is cute and it works for me. And your tip on writing out what’s distracting you works for me too. But I have a question, and I need your advice. I’m still studying university and owning a website. I always struggle with managing my daily life to deal with relationships, academic, website, workout, and a hell of a lot more. But mostly fail at something every day, especially keep writing posts for my website. And this consequently affects my progress on studying. A lot of people said we should focus on only one thing, but I have many things ( don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean “focus on a single task each time” problem). I can’t stop… Read more »

That new background is neat! And this video too.

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