Do you find it hard to be disciplined when it comes to studying?
There are so many things competing for your attention.
It’s so much easier to text a friend or watch a video than it is to study. But while doing those things, you’re probably feeling guilty.
You think to yourself, “If only I had more self-control…”
In this article, I have 25 strategies to share to help you be a more disciplined student.
(To learn 5 bonus strategies, download the free PDF below.)
1. Change your environment.
When you try to study, you may think it’s all about willpower and self-discipline.
Those things are important, but are you aware that your environment matters even more than self-control?
Some environments make it difficult to study. For example, if there’s someone in the next room playing music or talking loudly, it will be hard for you to get to work.
Even studying in your bedroom can be hard if you’re surrounded by distractions.
In contrast, have you noticed how easy it is to study when you go to a library?
In a library, there’s an atmosphere of quiet concentration – everyone is focused on their work. That’s the kind of atmosphere that will help you to be a productive student.
Of course, you don’t necessarily have to go to the library.
You could go to a different room in your house that you use exclusively for studying. If there’s a place like that in your house, it will remind you of your purpose – you’re there to study.
As such, you’ll get a lot more done.
2. Do one small thing every day that you dislike doing.
Of course, willpower is still an important part of being a disciplined student. After all, studying requires effort and focus.
These are things that don’t come naturally to most of us. You may even find yourself resisting the idea of studying.
This is where willpower comes in.
You can build up your willpower through habits. One way to do this is to perform a small task every day that you dislike doing.
For example, you could try…
- Cleaning your room
- Making your bed
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Taking a cold or lukewarm shower
- Reading a book for a few minutes instead of watching videos
When you do one small thing every day that you would prefer not to do, you’ll become more disciplined.
It’s like working out: your willpower “muscle” will get stronger every day. [Read more…]