Have you ever noticed how difficult it is, sometimes, to concentrate on your studies?
I’m sure you have. Why?
Because 4 out of 5 students I speak to, say: Can you suggest some ways to increase my concentration when I study?
It happens to everybody. No matter how hard you try to focus, your mind just wanders away.
You sit down to solve a Physics numerical, but your brain reminds you to recharge your internet pack. Or to solve a chemistry exercise, instead!
The problem is – when you study like this, without any focus, you actually learn very little. Sure, you sit down with a book for 8 to 10 hours, but the efficiency is extremely low.
To make up for it, you decide to study 12-14 hours a day. The result – an extremely frustrated, and irritated person.
No matter what everyone else says, studying 14 hours a day is unhealthy.
I’ve always said that 6 hours of focused study daily is more than enough to prepare for JEE. But with so much distraction around you, how do you stay focused even for six hours?
Today, I will share with you the technique that helps you do just that – The DIL technique. Use this technique with discipline, you will become a better and faster learner.
Why mind wandering is bad for your studies?
Do you know why we don’t use the Direct Current (invented by Edison) to transfer electricity over long distances?
The reason is – when electrons travel in the wire (like a road), they face resistance (speed-breakers). To overcome this, they use energy – which is wasted as heat. And the power output you receive is very low. It’s not profitable.
Similarly when you study without focus, your brain spends a lot of energy in taking care of the distractions. So the output (Learning) is very low.
As you achieve little progress, you either fail to complete your daily target or set a goal that’s very small – like 10 pages of NCERT. This hurts your preparation by slowing you down.
It makes you feel bad about yourself. Because everyone else is finishing their targets and completing their syllabus. But you are looking at a mountain of coursework to finish.
This leads to the lack of motivation to do anything and the result is frustration & giving up on JEE preparation.
Every successful person wherever he/she is – is because they had intense FOCUS. Towards their goal.
You can have that level of focus too. All I need from you is discipline. Do NOTexpect overnight results. But keep practicing the technique I’m teaching you today, and with time, it will do wonders for you.
Think about it.
You can study effectively, practice with concentration and finish more syllabus in less time. And that’s not all.
This is not a skill that you will use just for JEE preparation. You can make it a part of your lifestyle.
You will be able to identify the important tasks in your life from the not-so-important ones. The urgent tasks from the not-so-urgent ones. And become a master at accomplishing things in life – faster and easier than anyone else.
Sounds like something worth learning, right?
Introducing the DIL technique
There’s only one simple rule for this – Whenever something distracts you from your current study or work, write it into your DIL.
Jab bhi koi kaam distract kare, apne DIL me likh daalo.
Now, it’s not your heart and talking about. Some of you might have already given it to someone before you reached class X. Am I right or what?
The DIL I’m talking about is a list.
It’s called the DO IT LATER list.
And the technique is very simple.
When you sit down to study, keep a small diary or notebook with you. Every time something pops into your mind, that’s not related to what you’re currently studying, write it down in the notebook.
Don’t worry about how many such thoughts come. 5…10…15…just write them down.
When you do this, you tell your brain that you will finish the task – but at a later time. It’s like making a promise you will not forget.
This simple step of writing it down makes the magic happen. Your brain now feels confident that you will take care of whatever distraction it was throwing at you.
Now comes the second part.
After your study session is over, look at your DIL list. It may contain several items depending on how distracted you were. Let me give you an example.
- Recharge my number with an internet pack
- Buy this year’s sample paper
- Wash my clothes
- Buy a few chocolates to eat when I study…
- Check the JEE official website
Now you deliver on the promise you made to your brain. Pick the task you feel the most important item in your DIL list. You may realize that some of the tasks are really unnecessary.
They would have distracted you, but since you wrote them down using the DIL technique, your mind became free. Once you select the most important task, go ahead and finish it. Then follow with the others in the order of importance.
You may or may not finish the tasks you find not important at all.
It’s time for you to practice this now.
I want you to try the DIL technique for at least three days. For the next three days, when you sit down to study, keep a notebook with you.
Write down any thought that distracts during the study time in your DIL list. And after you finish studying, use this list to complete these tasks.
Practicing the DIL technique will help you study with better focus, and have a more effective preparation.
Try it, experience the change and share it with me here in the comments area or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to read your experience.