This week’s question is about a really important subject that I’ve rarely gone into too much detail over in this blog.
No matter how hard I try, I just can’t get into the habit of studying. I always get distracted by other stuff. I know it’s supposed to get easier when it’s a habit but I can’t even get into it for a week straight. What should I do?
I’d start by verifying you have clear goals. Why do you even want to study? If you can’t give an emotionally compelling answer to that question then start there. People don’t do unpleasant things that they kind of want to do. People only do unpleasant things when they have a damn good reason. You need to find a good reason.
That subject can be dense as hell. It’s probably the bulk of your problem. People that have a really good reason end up doing what they have to do. This can be kind of tough to develop the answer to though. I feel like there is always a way but it requires time and creativity. There are other short term fixes as well but eventually you should be solving this problem.
In the short term, make your study routine as easy to follow through with as possible. If you are trying to develop a study routine that includes 2 hours of studying a night then it’s no surprise you’re struggling to do it. Even the most disciplined person in the world would dread that prospect. That’s part of the reason why I recommend a 15 minute a night study session on this blog. The shorter a study session is going to be, the easier it is to get started.
While I recommend 15 minutes of studying a night, while you’re trying to develop the habit of studying, you could make that study session even shorter. If you can get yourself to study 5 minutes every night then you’ll be better off. Heck, if you can get yourself to take out your textbook, turn off your distractions, and sit with the textbook for 30 seconds, you’re going to find it a whole lot easier to start studying. Make the habit as simple as you have to make it get yourself to follow through. Later you can worry about making that habit more useful.
It’s hard to completely start a new habit. It’s much easier to change a previous habit a little bit. Once you start studying 5 minutes a night, adding an extra 5-10 minutes to it is much easier.
Of course, there is no guaranteed way to get you to follow through with the habit. If reducing the habit doesn’t help you follow through with the habit then you might be having one a different kind of problem. Motivation is my first instinct but you might have picked a poor time and place to study. Keep your eyes open for ways to make the habit harder and harder not to develop. If you can get through that first week, it will just get easier from there.
Do you want to know how to study in less than 15 minutes a night? That’s what this blog is all about. Be sure to follow and check out the archives to get all the details. Also, be sure to check out the ebooks in the sidebar.
MAYBE THEY WON’T NOTICE…
I’m not going to get in trouble again, am I?
Here is the story:
I’m the originator of the 15 Minute Study Strategy – proving you only need 15 minutes of studying each night to academically dominate MOST academic institutions. You may have heard someone talking about it – and it’s easy to be skeptical I get.
It’s a crazy fact that most academics don’t want you to know. And for good reason…
This strategy completely obliterates their systems.
Student’s are supposed to struggle through school. School starts as a training/education tool (around gradeschool.)
As you grow up, it becomes a weeding out mechanism. It’s a system that rewards people for: obedience, hours of work, and unhappy type a’s.
And it’s meant to punish students that are: intellectually curious, motivated, and genuinely smart people.
My strategies BLOWS everything they built apart and it rewards students for smart actions.
It’s not the hours invested as much as it’s the things you do. If you do these things – you’ll get killer grades.
(And that’s why they hate me. Its proves everything they’re doing is wrong – and it forces them to address the truth… Or continue to pretend otherwise despite the overwhelming and increasingly humiliating evidence.)
Are you ready for this?
Let me send you some emails – it’s important we take this one step at a time.