You have a deadline and you just can not focus. It happens to the very best of us and it completely kills time. Avoiding work is one of the biggest time wasters and even worse, it can keep you from having fun.
Here are some tips to help you get done quick and get to doing what you really want to do.
Don't sit next to your friends
As I am trying to write this card there is a room full of people having conversations that I want, no need, to be involved in. It has actually taken me 10 minutes just to write the title. The most important thing you need to remember when trying to meet a deadline is to not sit by your friends. It may be a lonely library/work day but when you finish your work early you can catch up with your friends doing something you'll all enjoy...happy hour!
If you have no other option, bring headphones
Shut off All social media
Websites have been developed to help students get rid of distractions during finals. Apps like SelfControl let you plug in the website that you need to be blocked from, be it Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Buzzfeed, anything, as well as the time frame you need to be banned from. Once you enter the information you must wait out the time. Its the best way to avoid the distractions.
Listen to Classical Music
It is extremely difficult to study while listening to music with lyrics. Your brain will only be half paying attention to your work as the other (obviously more fun) half will be rocking out to whatever music is blasting from your headphones. It has been scientifically proven that classical music helps you focus, even on those dry as hell science textbooks.
Break it up into smaller portions
We've all been there; the night before a huge paper and you have only the title. Staring at a blank page and knowing all the work that lies ahead of you makes it even harder to start. If you break up the assignment into smaller portions it will be much easier to not only finish, but to focus on. Writing 2 pages a day is a lot easier then 20 in one day.
Although lets be real, some of you are still going to wait till the last second. Just break it up during the all nighter. Write 3 pages then get a snack, write another 3 and go for a walk or allow yourself to check Facebook. Smaller portions is always better.
Have Something To Look Forward To!
Have a reward waiting for you once you cross that invisible finish line! It can be meeting your friends at a party and drinking until you forgot about the assignment you just finished, or hopping into bed for a nice 17 hour slumber. Whatever it is make sure you know that after you power though your work you will be much happier!!
Like I am now.
And heres a perfect video to motivate you. If Shia LaBeouf doesn't get your ass moving, nothing will.