Graduation is just around the corner and staying focused is becoming increasingly challenging! There is so much to do and so much to cram in before you don the cap and gown. How will you ever get it all done? You tell yourself you’re going to have a productive day and then before you know it, you’re climbing into bed with an unfinished to-do list.
It might seem impossible to ignore distractions and accomplish your goals. Not to worry – you can do it!
Here are 5 ways to stay focused between now and graduation.
Break down your work into segments.
You’ve probably heard that humans can only focus for so long and it’s true. Your brain needs a break to avoid becoming overwhelmed and fatigued. Therefore, if you schedule breaks, which seems a little counter-intuitive, you’ll actually be more productive in the long run.
Reward yourself for working hard.
If you have something to look forward to, you’ll find yourself staying focused because you know something “good” is going to happen. This doesn’t mean a Starbucks mocha frappe every time you cross off a line item on your to-do list, but it might mean you take five minutes to text your best friend or 30 minutes to play ultimate Frisbee in the quad.
Find the right background noise.
Noise meaning music, television, people talking, coffee mugs clinking, or nothing at all. Everyone has a background noise that works for them when trying to concentrate and it’s important that you find the one that works for you. If there is a certain kind of music that really gets you working, then turn up the volume and have at it. But, if you work better with the sound of silence, find a quiet space pronto and hunker down.
Go incognito or (gasp!) leave your phone at home.
In other words, stay away from social media and social settings. Hide out in the basement of the library or study somewhere new for you. Unfortunately, Snapchat (or any social media platform) and our own friends can be the biggest distraction. Love them as you will, but staying focused sometimes means being anti-social for a short time. If you are concerned about your ability to stay unplugged and focused, refer to # 2 above.
Remind yourself of the bigger picture.
While it might be tempting to put your to-do list aside, don’t forget how that might impact your life after graduation. Whether it’s simply making the most of the last few weeks of your college experience or buckling down for an important exam, everything you’re doing now is part of the end game. Let that motivate you so that you stay focused and stay on track!
Good luck! And, by the way, if you need help focusing on your resume and cover letter, let’s connect so it’s one less thing you have to worry about. I offer a free 30-minute consultation to get you going on your next chapter – life after graduation. Contact me today to get started!