In terms of relevant life skills to foster in all students, managing distractions has to be high on the list. Our aim is to have students who can successfully focus on tasks and manage their time effectively. So how exactly do we go about helping our students achieve that?
We know “Knowledge is Power,” so providing background information and suggestions for how to maintain focus on tasks, is essential.
The following suggestions are taken from a presentation I delivered to Grade 10 students here at GEMS World Academy, Switzerland, organised around 4 key ideas:
1. Prep for it
2. Track it
3. Block it
4. Sort it
Just like choosing the right vehicle for the race, you need to set yourself up for success. Here are some tips for a positive start to your work:
Perhaps you’re not entirely sure where your time goes when you’re trying to study? Maybe you’re adamant YouTube isn’t the problem? Either way, if you track it, you’ll know about it.
Ok, so you have tried prepping and tracking but you need to try something more proactive. Time to get some help by blocking some of the websites/apps that tend to lead you astray.
If you get organised and plan for your work in advance, you can make life so much easier. Here are some tips to help you level up with your organisation.
Below you will find a Padlet with links to resources mentioned above, and a few additional articles of interest relating to distraction.
So there you go! I hope you have a few more tools at your disposal to help manage distractions. Feel free to add suggestions below so we can all benefit from any I may have missed.