Have you ever struggled to study productively without overthinking and lame distractions? Let’s put a stop to that distraction for good and learn how to study productively at home.
We are going to create a system that includes the Zeigarnik effect, Pomodoro technique, to-do list, memory techniques, and a scientific brainpower diet.
A unique collaboration of researchers from Havard and Boston University came out with a systematic approach to help students reduce distractions and remember more with less study time.
How To Study Productively At Home
Follow this checklist before you study.
- Switch on aeroplane mode.
- Cut vegetables like carrot, cucumber, broccoli, and a lemon.
- Eat a moderate amount of meal.
- Switch on the Pomodoro timer.
- Create a dedicated to-do list.
- Choose a memory method.
- Turn on some concentration improving music like baroque, alpha waves, etc.
- Sit on a comfortable chair that improves posture.
- Make sure enough light enters the room to study productively.
Now I will explain why these 9 steps work great.
Switch Off Notifications
You should mute the easiest distractions from social media and WhatsApp groups for good. Write down a time to scroll through messages.
Notifications sounds are extremely distracting and no one will think badly of you if you didn’t message them quick enough.
People are afraid of losing relationships if they don’t reply soon enough, but this is not true. The bond gets stronger if they think ‘you are sometimes occupied with work and you care for yourself.
We can cut unwanted calls from customer care or any other distractions easily with airplane mode.
Smart home notifications from refrigerators, TV, air conditioners, pet care, and other service have increased over time, so it is better to stay away from them if you wish to study productively.
I cannot insist more on the importance of a Pomodoro timer. Install the app on your desktop or mobile phone and see how it works.
Francisco Cirillo came up with a concept which based the timer on the proven technique that calculated the average time that a human being could concentrate on effectively.
It is 25 minutes of study time followed by 5 minutes of rest time.
During the 5 minute rest time, do some physical activity along with the distraction of your choice. For example, I do dynamic stretching while checking Instagram or WhatsApp.
Paymo and Focus To-Do are wonderful Pomodoro applications that provide a flexible, spam-free user experience to work or study productively. They have both free and paid plans for enterprise-level app usage.
The most important part that could avoid distractions is by maintaining a to-do list. There are beautiful bullet journals, planners, productivity tools that can handle a to-do list for you.
The easiest way you could start practicing is by buying a productivity planner or make your own planner.
A To-Do list helps you avoid distractions while studying because your mind would wander as “what to do next?” and you can message your mind that you have already given it a list and stop complaining. HAHA.
They cost little and as you progress with differentiating hibernating and must do to-do lists, you can move to productivity tools like ClickUp, Todoist, etc.
Comfortable Study Environment
The basic thing you should always keep in mind is to monitor the cleanliness. A cleanroom provides your brain a sense of freshness. Arrange stuff as you like before seating yourself.
I like to keep my cell phone upside down to avoid any reflections while working or studying. It works well for me.
Invest in the right chair. A posture-friendly chair can reduce body pain and stress even after long study sessions. Remember to practice dynamic sitting every 1 hour to reduce stress on the spine.
There are many memorization techniques and the most popular ones are memory palace and aboriginal memory method. I have another article that explains the one you would like to choose.
A piece of instrumental music from the baroque period, the flute, piano, and some Lo-Fi hip-hop music could improve concentration while studying at home. Keep the music’s volume less than how you regularly listen and start studying.
Muscles become stiffer if they stopped moving for a long time. It is necessary to provide frequent micro or mega movements to relax the mind and body.
With a scheduled studying system, you can achieve the tasks faster than you think. By switching off notifications, using a Pomodoro timer app, a conclusive to-do list, a non-distracting study environment could benefit a lot.
Besides these, practice the habit of stretching and the suitable memory technique that could further trick your brain to learn and do more with less time.