How To Study Effectively: Eliminate Distractions

For those who are engaged in studying, the value of using your study time shrewdly by being super-organized and super-productive is an absolute must.

So how valuable would it be if we could tell you one simple little technique that can make you more productive straight away? How much time could you save and how much more productive could you be over the entire course of your studies (keeping in mind that your “studies” could be anywhere from 1 to 10 years depending on what grade you are currently in?)

The technique I’m about to share with you is extremely simple to understand and extremely simple to use – but it could have a significant impact on what you can achieve.

A productivity guru named David Allen developed what is now known as the “Two Minute Rule”. The two minute rule is exactly as it sounds and it works in the following way.

When a distraction arises and threatens to soak up your precious time (and distractions are everywhere) you simply ask yourself: “Can I handle this in two minutes or less?”

If you believe you can handle the interruption within two minutes then you address it straight away. You do whatever you need to do to resolve the disruption. Then once you have resolved you go back to what you were doing (studying hopefully!) On the other hand, if you don’t think it can be handled within two minutes then simply put it on your to-do list and note to address it later.

That’s the long and the short of the two minute rule. Pretty easy really! No complications and no confusion.

Even though this is a simple solution it is also a very powerful solution. Often the time when we are most productive is also the time when we are being interrupted the most. Often those interruptions can become quite lengthy and threaten to take our entire focus for long periods of time. This is not a good outcome if we are trying to study or get something important done.

A great benefit of the two minute rule is that you are quickly and effectively taking care of any distractions as they occur, and you are also creating a new rule that you can live your life by – “If I can’t resolve it in two minutes or less I’m not addressing it until the important stuff is done!” By doing this, you have created a brilliant new habit.

A second advantage of using this technique is that you are consistently making a list of those things you need to get done (those things that take longer than two minutes!) By doing this, you are making yourself far more organised – another great habit to get in to.

This idea is simple but the results can be amazing. You will become more productive, more organized and less distracted. By anyone’s measure that is a great result! Give it a go for a week and see how productive you can be.

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