The paradox of the pause: How stopping regularly helps you get more done

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In pre-internet days, it was much easier to focus and complete your work.
If you were struggling, you couldn’t escape to the worlds of Facebook, YouTube and Netflix for instant relief.
How do I know?
Because I was born before 1985. I know what it feels like to be a student with and without the Internet. […]

What to do when you can’t be bothered studying: The Do Something Principle

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The do something principle
I recently overheard a year 12 student say to her friend:

“I can’t be bothered studying English … I can’t be bothered studying maths or biology … I’ll just sit here and do nothing.”
I suspect that this student was feeling overwhelmed by everything she had to do.
And we all know […]

How to develop super (study) powers with a focus force field: A step-by-step guide for easily distracted students

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Last year I found myself in a rut. Like a student who leaves studying for an exam until the very last minute, I’d been avoiding a major project.
The logical, rational part of my brain kept saying:

“Just break it down. Write one measly sentence … if that’s too much, just write one […]