Digital distractions include all the attention diverting things while studying which are related to digital devices for example mobile phones, tablets
Digital distractions include all the attention diverting things while studying which are related to digital devices for example mobile phones, tablets, laptops, televisions, etc. The major distraction faced nowadays by youth either physically learning or learning online is social media.
Tips to reduce these distractions:
Digital devices are although a source of great information and knowledge in this scientific era but in the meantime, these devices also distract people and waste a lot of time while doing something productive. Some of the major tips that can help to reduce these distractions are discussed below;
- Being focused:
To reduce the risk of any kind of diversions while learning online, a person must be focused on what he/she is doing. Focus is developed when a person is motivated and clear about the goals of what he/she is learning. To be focused, a person must establish an interest in learning. I however suggest learning only those things online, which you are fascinated about.
- Logging out of social media accounts:
Social media is no doubt one of the major learning platforms in this era but the distractions produced by this media waste a lot of time and energy while learning something fertile. To minimize online distractions, the first step is to logout of your social media accounts before learning something.
This step will reduce online interruption by up to 70% and will develop your focus towards digesting something productive online.
- Switching off the phone:
When you receive calls or text messages while learning physically or online, it diverts your attention, you lose your focus and ultimately your interest in learning starts fading. So before you start learning online switch off your mobile phone and protect yourself from the unwanted types of distraction.
- Stop multifunctioning:
This point must be kept in mind that your efficiency is directly related to your productivity. You must stop doing any other task either on another tab in your device or manually in order to increase your productivity. Close all other open websites on your device which will develop your focus and your online learning will become less time-consuming.
- Less exposure to the internet:
Try to avoid using the internet on the same device you are using for learning. Turn Wi-Fi mobile data off. Take screenshots or download files that you are going to use for learning in spite of reading them using the internet. As the internet has vast associations, it will surely divert you from the original content you need for learning.
- Generate interest in learning:
People are victims of distractions mostly due to a lack of motivation and proper management of their time and energy. Here are few points that will help to generate interest in learning online;
- Time table:
To avoid distractions, a person must have a proper distribution of time and a productive kind of timetable. It can be either handwritten or in soft form but it must be in written form that may guide you about how much time you have to pay for any task you are doing.
To avoid distractions and to generate interest, a person must be motivated and fully focused to learn. This motivation can be established by listening to motivational videos, having an overview of your goals and reminding yourself of your destination.
- Evaluate your progress:
Make a daily flow chart to evaluate your progress. You must be clear that where you fall in learning. You must have proper information about your working ability. This will analyze your growth and will help you to organize your learning data.
- Set up a studying environment around you:
Sitting in disorganized kind of surroundings will reduce your interest in any task you are doing. Try to create an organized studying environment around you. For learning, your surroundings must contain books, notes and related things. It will make you interested in learning and ultimately diverging risk will decrease.
- Limit yourself:
This is related to self-evaluation. Remind yourself again and again of the goals you have set and at the meantime punish your-self by increasing study time after every distraction. You can also motivate yourself by saving time from study hours.
Never give up:
These are some of the creative ideas that will help you from distractions that electronic devices create while studying online, but the major trick of all is to never give up. Start again and again but don’t quit. Use self-rewarding and punishing ideas to make learning creative and more productive.