If you’re anything like us, staying focused at uni doesn’t come naturally. Even in the library, there’s always one person being just distracting enough to ruin your productive streak.
We all have our own study tips that make it easier to concentrate and complete an assignment. Fortunately, most of these tips can be just as useful when applied to the distractions we face when we get behind the wheel.
The most obvious distraction is still the one that we all find the hardest to ignore. Even just looking at your phone triples your risk of a crash. Actually, using your phone to fire off a message increases your risk tenfold. And according to a University of California study, it takes 23 minutes to properly regain focus on a task after being distracted*.
With phones, there’s one golden rule to follow. Just turn it off before you start. Whether you’re in the library or driving home, don’t even give it the opportunity to distract you. Without the vibrating or pinging hitting your ears, you’ll find your attention wandering less and simple tasks will actually stay simple.
Give Your Mates Space
Mates can be just as distracting as your mobile (some mates more than others). There’s a reason you go to the library solo when you actually want to get work done.
The same is true for driving. Any passengers in your vehicle will be distracting in some way, and it’s important to just be aware of it. If you’re the one driving, it’s your job to stay focused and ensure that everyone arrives safe. And if you’re the one in the passenger seat, let the driver concentrate.
Stressing Over Deadlines?
There’s another type of distraction that’s easy to forget. Internal factors like stress and anxiety also make for distracted drivers. Naturally if your attention is focused on exams, it will be harder to focus on the road.
So make an effort to clear your mind before jumping behind the wheel. Forget about uni for a while, concentrate on the road and make sure you arrive home safe.
Remember – It Pays To Pay Attention
Whether it’s at uni, at home, or on the road, keep these tips in mind and focus on staying focused. With a bit of concentration, you can keep those distractions in check. Having made it to the end of this post, you’re attention span may not be as bad as you might think.
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Vicroads Distraction Fact Sheet – January 2019
*The Cost of Interrupted Work – Mark, Gloria (https://www.ics.uci.edu/~gmark/chi08-mark.pdf)