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  • What's going on guys? in this video I'm going to talk to you about overcoming procrastination;

  • how to study when you feel like you just cannot do it.

  • I'm going to break this down into three easy principles.

  • The first is the location and environment where you're studying.

  • In another video I'll go into more detail as to what makes for a good study environment.

  • But for the sake of this video, let's assume that you're in a place where you're not

  • getting distracted, where you're able to focus, and get work done.

  • Number two, is Just Start.

  • The hardest part, and the reason why we all procrastinate is that it's so difficult

  • to start.

  • Getting yourself to start makes the whole process that much easierit's all downhill

  • from there.

  • So what I would tell myself is, I'm just going to work for 5 minutes.

  • By making it seem much less daunting by saying "okay, just five minutes" it was not much

  • easier for me to start and then once those five minutes were up and I asked myself "hey,

  • do I need to take a break?

  • Or can I keep working?" more often than not, a lot easier to just keep working at that

  • point.

  • Another thing that's going to help is breaking your work into sizeable chunks.

  • What do I mean by that?

  • If you have a lot of work to do, don't tell yourself that you need to get all that work

  • done in one go.

  • For example, if you have this entire textbook that you need to read, tell yourself that

  • you need to read that whole textbook in one night, obviously is going to be a daunting

  • task and you're not going to want to ever get to it.

  • But if instead you tell yourself, I'm ust gonna read one section or one chapter, it

  • becomes a lot more manageable.

  • By doing this, and by organizing your work in your to-do list in this way, when you start

  • geting things done, this small tasks and you start checking them off, you build momentum

  • and that's gonna carry you forward.

  • Number three is take breaks.

  • Now, there's a little bit of a science and a technique in how to take breaks.

  • First of all is the frequency; how often should you be taking breaks?

  • I recommend every 30-60 minutes.

  • Anything shorter than thatyou're not getting much work done, and anything longer

  • than that, your attention span is deteriorating and you're having diminishing returns with

  • your study time.

  • The next is duration; how long should your breaks be?

  • That obviously depends on how long you're studying for.

  • So, if you're only been studying for 30 minutes, take a short 5 minute break.

  • If you're studying for 60 minutes, take a longer 10 minute break.

  • Taking breaks much longer than this defeats the purpose of taking the break and trying

  • to study in the first place.

  • And third, know when to stop.

  • There are going to be times when you're going to be sitting down, and even though

  • you're taking these breaks, you're just so burned out and you can't focus and you

  • can't get anything doneit's times like this when it's better to get up, go

  • to the gym, do something productive.

  • Go eat, get away from your desk, get away from your work space, clear your mind.

  • When you return it'll be that much easier to get back into it.

  • The next thing I wanna talk about is The Pomodoro Technique.

  • This is a technique that worked very well for me and what it is - so, what you do is

  • you work for 25 minutes, and then take a 5 minute break, and to do that 4 times.

  • So in total, you're working for a total of 2 hours and after this 2 cycles, yo take

  • a 20 minutes break.

  • So, all in all a Pomodoro cycle takes 2 hours and 20 minutes.

  • After that, you repeat, and you can do this as many times as you would like.

  • The app that I used to time myself is called 30/30 for iOS, but there's many free alternatives

  • out there.

  • I like this app because it gives you some flexibility and it has a very clean interface.

  • The reason I'm such a big proponent of the Pomodoro technique is when you first start

  • studying, when your mind is fresh, you're going to feel like you can get so much work

  • done.

  • That you can study for 60 minutes and still focus, take a 5 minutes break.

  • But I found that when I did that, I would get burned out much quicker.

  • By the time the afternoon or the evening came, I wouldn't be able to work anymore.

  • And let's say I had an exam the next day, that would be very bad.

  • So instead, by doing the Pomodoro technique and by taking that break after 25 minutes

  • even when I felt like I could keep going, that helped keep me fresh throughout the day.

  • And I was able to study and maintain my productivity and my retention for longer periods of time.

  • So that's it, those are the three concepts.

  • If you guys have any questions or comments, leave them below and I'll see you guys in

  • the next video.

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