Being Present

Ignoring Bodily Distractions

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Martin Fisch

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Martin Fisch

The author of this article about concentration while studying notes four “areas for distraction” on your body: your ears, your eyes, your hands, and your mouth. He offers solutions for how to overcome and avoid many of the distractions that accompany each of these areas. Which of those four “areas of distraction” is the biggest problem for you?

1. Pick one area and read the author’s solution for it. Give the solution a try the next time you’re reading/studying.

2. Write a short description of what you did and if it worked for you.

Conquering Distractions

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by John Bennett

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by John Bennett

1. Look at the list of Other Mental Strategies and select two strategies you would like to try while studying.

2. Decide which upcoming projects/homework assignments you will apply the mental/focus strategy.

3. After you use each strategy, write a paragraph that identifies the strengths and weaknesses of each strategy. Consider how and why you might implement either strategy full-time into your study habits.