Maybe you are sitting at the living room table doing homework. Maybe you’ve been working for an hour but have hardly gotten anything done. Maybe you are procrastinating. Getting distracted. Maybe you’re getting the icky feeling that comes from being behind in schoolwork and being in a noisy environment (or maybe you’re not like me in that way). And maybe you need a solution to this problem of procrastination and getting distracted.
I may have one. I may want to procrastinate giving it to you for the fun of it. I may not. I won’t. I will now tell you.
If all that I said in the first paragraph relates to you, there’s a good possibility you need a…
Change of environment.
Think about it. It’s easier to get distracted when there are more distractions around you. Possibly your talking siblings. The movie your other siblings are watching. The sizzling of the food your parents are cooking. You might be hearing this and thinking, “Isn’t it a bit obvious that that person should move somewhere else?” Likely. But sometimes people don’t realize something obvious until it’s pointed out to them… and a solution is provided. I’ve pointed out the obvious. Now for a solution. Multiple solutions, actually.
- Go to a cafe. Whenever I go to a cafe, I can concentrate much better. Cafes are nice, fancy, and offer yummy stuff too (for a price, of course). For me, whenever I tell friends that I can’t concentrate, they always suggest a cafe.
- Just move to another room. If there is another quieter room you can go to, go there! The quieter, the better.
- Build a desk, or buy one. “What do you mean?” you might be asking. Well, this is the solution I went with. My brother, dad, and I have been renovating my brother’s and my room. A cool feature we thought we’d add was a desk *“ooh”s and “aah”s are heard from the crowd*. Concentrating is easier here than in my living room, where all family members living in this house (6 of my siblings and my parents) work, pass through, and just be. (Being honest, I didn’t actually do too much for the desk… mostly my dad and brother. They like carpentry and are much better at it than me.)
- Clean up! From what I observed, the cleaner your surroundings are, the better you can concentrate, because the cleaner it is, the more comfortable you feel, the more productive you become. If you’re like me and you share a room with someone else, and while you are always very tidy they are not, just have a conversation with them. Try to get them to understand. Figure out a resolution.
- Talk to those you live with. This goes beyond the person you share a room with, to everyone in your household. Explain to them the problem, and offer a solution. Don’t be too nit-picky or impatient, though. The kinder you are, the more likely it is that they will listen.
- Spruce things up a bit. If you work in your living room and your table is always dirty, your chair is chipped, the painting on the wall is ripped, there’s toilet paper on the floor left by the dog, the picture frame is crooked, the plant in the corner is dying, and so on, your going to get the icky feeling that comes from being uncomfortable, and comfort can help you concentrate. Clean the table. Get a new chair. Trash or mend the painting. Sweep the floor. Straighten the picture frame. Get a new plant (and don’t let it die!). Buy a nice candle. Then take a moment to admire the nice vibe.
And there are 6 tips and suggestions! I hope they helped, and increased your productivity. If you have any other suggestions, comment them below, and I might add them to this post!
Disclaimer: I am not a professional nor have I put significant time into studying these things. The above are simply advice from one teen to another (even if you are not a teen, this post can still apply to you).
With God’s help,
Daniel L. Amador