We’ve all been there: that point where you can no longer mentally, physically, or emotionally do any more homework. It’s that point where your head hurts, problems seem impossible, and almost anything other than your homework becomes the most interesting thing in the world. Unfortunately, those equations won’t take the derivative of themselves, so you have to stop playing with your pen and focus. Here are three tips to help you do that.
- Take a break
Although it may seem counterintuitive to stop working just when you really need to keep going, it’s important to give your brain a rest every once and awhile. The only caveat: you have to get moving. Do a few jumping jacks, or even take a walk outside. Do anything that gets your blood pumping and increases oxygen flow – both important when it comes to focusing.
- Drink some water
This may not be the most exciting tip, but it is one of the most important. Not only will drinking water help you stay hydrated, the simple act of taking a drink is refreshing. It allows you to rest your eyes for a second, and it also allows for some movement. Overall, it’ll help you feel better and work better, so next time you can’t focus, turn to the H20.
- Form a habit
When you just can’t focus any longer, pick one song to listen to, one candle to light, or even one food to eat, and keep working. And then, every time you can’t focus, go back to that song, candle, or food. After a while, your brain will start to recognize that particular trigger and understand that it means you need to focus. It will eventually become easier to work – even when you really, really don’t want to – when you have that trigger. Believe me: I’ve gotten through more projects than I can count thanks to my Marshmallow Fireside candle. It will take some time to really work, but it may just be the one thing you need to keep going.
So, the next time you have an assignment to finish, and essay to write, or a test to study for, pull out these tips and just keep going. I promise that Netflix will still be there when you’re done.
By Megan Tack