Distractions from outside sources can happen to anyone, anytime or anyplace. It could be anything from an uncomfortable temperature to a noisy atmosphere. You may think it is funny, but being physically uncomfortable can prohibit you from being able to concentrate better for the tasks you need to perform.

Students many times will have neighbors that are noisy when they are living in dorms. This makes it difficult to concentrate better on their homework due the next day. The party in the other room running all through the night makes it next to impossible to focus on your task. Even a telephone ringing over and over again can be enough at times to send you looking for a quiet haven.

If noise is a problem for you, then you need to find someplace to study that is quiet. The school library can be one solution when the dorm is too loud with noise. If the library is not available for the all-nighter you must pull, then opt for some earplugs to gain enough quiet time.

Distractions from outside sources can be such things as insufficient lighting or uncomfortable seats or tables. To be conducive to studying the chairs should be comfortable to sit in, the tables should not be too tall or too short, and there should be sufficient lighting. If you attempt to study in surroundings that are not comfortable and have insufficient lighting, you will just get a sore body and eyestrain instead of focusing on your school work. You will need to fix this if you are to concentrate better.

Now let's imagine that you found the ideal place for you to study. This place is a serenely peaceful place with no distractive noises it has ideal lighting and the chairs are comfortable. You can start studying. Are there some other distractions that can keep you from focusing on your school work?

This is where distractions from within can show up and cause problems. You stomach could begin to growl with hunger or you body could start to feel tired. You could have little motivation to keep on task, bored silly with the subject, or you could have no interest in the topic at all which would be the worse-case scenario. These are some other hurdles to overcome to concentrate better.

You could be totally unorganized or drifting off into daydreams. Also, you might start thinking you should go through the piles of clutter in your room, since it is such a mess. You could be worried about being the next person let go at your place of employment and not being to pay your bills because of it. Worrying over what other people thinks could also be one distraction. "What if I am no good at this task? What if mistakes are made by me? What if my nerves get in the way?" Questions like these and others could run through you mind, completely distracting you and making it impossible for you to focus your efforts on whatever task you need to perform.

The worse thing that can happen is you doing negative thinking. Your mind keeps telling you that you will not achieve what you are trying to do. Why in the world do you think you can do something this big? You start to get caught up in your mistakes, instead of letting them go, learning how to right them and moving on. External and internal distractions cannot be avoided in your life, and the way you deal with them and rid yourself of them is what counts.

It really can be as simple as all that. You just have to make yourself quit thinking negative things and regain control. Force yourself to think positive and refocus your efforts on the work you need to do. This requires practice, but is necessary for you to concentrate better. If you do not immediately regain your attention, you will once again have scattered thoughts, and your concentration will be gone. It will take a bit of time to regain control of your thoughts, but it is worth the effort.

Author's Bio: 

Throughout a career in engineering and project management with a family then afterward as an author working from home, a laser focus, concentration and optimizing, prioritizing schedule has been critical for his success.

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