I will not lie. When I work I can get distracted pretty easily.
Over the years, I have gotten a little better at ignoring Facebook, my phone, and other distractions while I work or practice. When I am doing homework, I have to be listening to music. The music can be basically anything except for rap and death metal. I can’t explain why I have this need for music while working but I have found that I always work faster and more proficiently when I am listening while I work. Additionally, if there is no music playing, I find it much more difficult to concentrate. When practicing my bassoon, I have found that it is easier to ignore distractions than when I am just doing homework. I have no doubt that this is due to the fact that I’m doing the thing I love to do versus doing homework, which I despise.
Oh, and sometimes I tend to be a procrastinator. People tell me that can be harmful.
When it comes to work strategies, I have found that taking periodic breaks while working helps me to stay motivated and to get work done in a semi-timely manner. These breaks can involve activities ranging from eating to napping and from exercising to messing around on Musescore. If I am feeling worn out from going at a specific project for a long period of time, I will often take a 20 minute break from it and do one of the aforementioned activities to “detox” if you will. When I return to my task, I feel re-juiced and ready to resume.
Here at SMU, I am quickly finding out that time is a very valuable and precious thing. It is getting harder to be distracted from my work because there is so much of it and therefore much less time to be distracted from it. I am also gaining a better sense of time management every day and I soon hope to have my daily routine down to a science.