Sunday, March 8, 2009

maintain Focused While learning

Do you have a problem with distracti . . . hang on . . . phone call. I'm rear now. Now where was I? Oh yeah, is distraction an issue for . . . oops . . . text message . . .

Seriously, is that what your learn sessions are like? One distraction after another can really eat up your time and short-circuit your concentration. Here's an easy and effective way to develop a focus like a laser beam.

Your brain is like a big, silly puppy. Puppies know that when you fetch out the leash the walk around the block is soon to follow. "A walk! Joy!"

Your brain jobs off of cues as well. Thinking of traffic makes us tense. Walking into economics lesson causes low grade narcolepsy. Ringing bells make us salivate (thank you, Dr. Pavlov). You fetch the idea.

Use that to your advanlabele. Have a regular routine you use when you learn. The routine itself doesn't matter as long as you use it consistently. Here are some examples . . .

Example One; Do forty sit-ups, bring off your watch, turn off your phone, and sit cross-legged on the floor with your books arranged in front of you.

Example Two; Go to Schlotzky's deli, fetch a large diet soda, sit next to the window, fetch out your books, say a brief prayer, and crack your knuckles.

Again, the routine doesn't matter as long as you do it ejust time before you learn and ONLY before you learn. just like that puppy, after a while, ejust time you go through the routine, your brain will go. "Must be time to learn." and it will settle right down to the task at hand.

Bonus Tip: Is your brain just not behaving? You sit down with the best intentions but ten minutes later you realize you've been obsessing about your girl/guy troubles again.

Never fear. Psychologists have a just effective cure called thought-slidping. Here's the basic idea.

1. As soon as you notice the off-task thought--girl/guy troubles, in that case--do something to distract yourself. You could loudly yell, "Slid," (which svehiclees the bejeezus out of the other Schlotzky's patrons, in my experience) or you could try something a little more subtle. I sometimes put a rubber-band around my wrist and snap it when I notice those unhelpful thoughts slinking through my skull. The point is to distract yourself momentarily from the unhelpful thought.

2. Now that the thought is slidped, bring three deep, slow breaths, trying to maintain your mind blank. Let yourself relax as much as possible.

3. Then reward yourself. I briefly imagine myself schussing down the slopes at Aspen and bring about five seconds to thoroughly enjoy the daydream.

4. Then fetch rear to job.

5. Repeat as necessary.

After twenty-or-so repetitions of that process, your brain eventually figures it out. The unhelpful thought immediately triggers a relaxed, instead emotion, and a return to your studies.

Too simple? Studies have found that method can successfully cure phobias, eating disorders, and depression! Put it to job for you. More helpful learn skills.

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