The Struggle and the Solution

Like most college students, especially being a freshman, I find myself struggling to keep track of my work. While I did not have much of a social life before, being in a new environment has opened up new doors. There are people and opportunities coming into my life and being the person I am, i want to take advantage of all of them. This is where the struggle began. Balancing the time between papers, study time and the actual classes was already difficult enough. Not to mention my normal 8-9 hours of sleep have been cut to maybe five hours maximum.

Technology is a temptation. It is easy to turn your phone off and push it aside, but it also just that easy to put it back on. Taking a five minute break and going on Facebook can so easily become half an hour, and then an hour, and then a couple of hours. With all the social media, it is so difficult to stay focused.

Luckily, I put myself back on track.

The solution(s):

1.) I find that being in a place that promotes studying helps me do so. Instead of staying home where I have technology at my fingertips, I go to the library and leave my phone at home. Simply being in a different environment can work wonders for people.

Going back to the turning off the phone, it simply does not work. Surprisingly, there are apps and websites to help you concentrate when you are at home.

2.) For Mac users, there is an app called SelfControl. Like most of the following, this site is designed to block websites that you have to avoid for a set amount of time.

3.) For PC, you can get Cold Turkey. Like the SelfControl app, you are able to block websites, games and even programs.

This requires the download of a program, though. There is another option of just installing extensions. Since this option is supported by many platforms (and because someone has laid out the directions for installing them), I’ll provide a link that you can follow to block the social media. This, however, works only when you’re on the computer.

SITE: http://hackmystudy.com/how_to_block_specific_websites.html

(The main site is a great help as well)

Finally, there is the problem of picking up your phone. Since, I’m more familiar with the iPhone, I’ll go ahead and talk about that. I’m pretty sure Android users have some type of solution similar to the following.

Well, you know how sometimes you put your phone on silent and then cannot find it? Do exactly that. Put your phone on silent and give it to a trusted friend to hide it for you.

So what if there is no one around?

Here is somewhat of a solution.

Grab a piece of pen and paper and go through your phone settings. Look for the option that enables you to put long passwords on your phone. Make sure it is a difficult pattern that most likely will not stick into your head. If it requires letters, let it go something like this:

hcunrghsits (a.k.a a bunch of nonsense)

JUST MAKE SURE YOU WRITE IT DOWN. Write it and leave it with the phone. Though you know where it is, it is probably going to be a hassle to type that into your phone.

Should these options not work for you, well…. You probably really, really, need some help.

Happy studying! 😀