Sometimes, the temptation to check our phones during studying sessions is very over-powering. We hear a notification come through, and that one little notification leads to an hour of scrolling through social media, wasting valuable studying time.
The obvious answer of course is to switch your phone off. However, this isn’t always doable. Many of us utilise features on our phones such as our planner, stopwatch, or OneDrive to aid our studying and therefore getting rid of our phones can be a hindrance. Although, there are ways around these things!
Firstly, I highly recommend investing in a small desk alarm clock, if your watch doesn’t have an alarm feature. They can be purchased for as little as £5 at places such as B&M, and eliminate the need for the stopwatch feature on our phones. They are super easy to use, and will get you more in-tune to quickly reading clocks and calculating how much time you have left, like you will need to do in the exam hall, as opposed to the phone alarm telling you how much longer you have left.
Next, most of us will have some paper, a diary/notepad, or sticky notes laying around the house that we can plan our revision out on. I know it’s better to not waste paper, and try to plan our study sessions on our phones, however if this is often your procrastination downfall, then using a couple of sheets won’t hurt! Or even better, get hold of a whiteboard for £3-5 in The Works, that can be used again and again!
Finally, accessing our files is the hardest part to avoid, as laptops and PCs will have access to social media. You can always load all the files, then disconnect from the internet, and use your new found procrastination-resistance to avoid reconnecting! Ultimately, there is only so much you can do before you need to just really push yourself to knuckle down and avoid distractions. It’s tough at first, but the more you do it, the easier it gets to resist, and the more rewarding the outcome will be!