How to make your phone less distracting while studying
Everyone has a smartphone and with smartphones come a whole range of interesting new things to scroll through and explore (especially when you get the new updates).
But as we get closer and closer to exams, the need to knuckle down, cut out distraction and be our most productive selves becomes essential.
While a little diversion during a study break can be a good thing, the constant interruption of Facebook notifications (with friends tagging you in memes) isn’t so great. So here are our tips to make your phone a little less distracting while you hit the books.
Prioritise you notifications
Just like you might prioritise items on your study plan based on your needs and knowledge, you can definitely do this with your phone notifications. Have a think about what might be useful to see while studying and make sure these can pop up on your lock screen. Everything else – yes, everything else – doesn’t need notifications.
Jump into your settings and select the notification type for each app (or switch them off completely). Make sure you’re honest with yourself. Your emails and calendar notifications are a yes, but how useful is it to know when your fave doggo account uploads a new pic on Instagram?
Switch your phone to silent
Even when you have identified which notifications are important to still receive, it may be a good idea to switch your phone to silent. It’s already distracting enough to see your screen light up out of the corner of your eye when you receive a new notification. And you definitely don’t need your pinball machine ringtone going off every time a new message comes through.
Do not disturb
A gift from above is the Do Not Disturb setting. You will find this on both Android and iOS phones. It allows you to silence all calls and alerts that come through when it’s switched on. You can even set timeframes that work with your study schedule, allowing you to view the messages you’ve received (and more importantly, the memes you’ve been tagged in) once you’re on a break.
Uninstall your apps
Do you ever find yourself idly clicking on random apps on your phone because you’re bored, procrastinating or just waiting for the next text or Facebook message to come through? This is never ideal but it’s especially inconvenient of your brain to allow you to do this when you should be studying.
But there is a solution. Delete all unnecessary apps. Get rid of everything that you don’t really need or use – especially during exam week – and wipe it from your screen. It’s only going to be a couple of weeks and these will all be stored in your account memory to re-download once exams are finished anyway.
Put some literal space between you and your phone
If none of the above is going to work then it might be time to physically step away from your phone for a while. Put it in a draw or a completely separate room. Do whatever it takes to switch your brain’s focus from your phone to your textbooks and study notes so you’re ready for your exams.