How many times have you seen somebody dose off or lost their trail of thoughts or even lost track of what the professor was talking about?
This blog is about expanding the average attention span for an individual and will discuss the importance of taking study breaks.
What does paying attention even mean? Paying attention can be something as simple as to listen to or to watch. According to the study conducted by Microsoft, an average human has an attention span of 8 seconds, as of 2018. What would be the reason for this decline from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2018? Nowadays, we don’t have enough patience to look over a 10-20-page paper or even if we do, there is no willingness to go through all that reading and pages. We would rather choose an easier way out such as a brief explanation or a short summary. I blame the concept of KEEPING IT SIMPLE for losing the attention span and getting easily distracted. Personally, I have chosen the easy way out way too many times when I was in high school. But choosing that easy way out was never beneficial for me because I didn’t have a complete understanding of the material.
One of the ways to have better attention span is MEDITATION. This method has been active for so many years and is considered to be a solution for so many problems. Meditating for even 5 minutes can activate our attention span or focus. Meditating every day is also considered to be good for our health and well-being. Some other ways that help me with getting my attention and focus back on track are eating something crunchy or juicy while studying, reciting my notes out loud, walking and studying or staying hydrated.
Will taking a study break help? YES!
Our brain needs time to relax and recover. Sometimes we sit for more than 2-3 hours to study because we have too much material to cover in a short time span. However, this could affect our brain and also the ability to do simple tasks. Moreover, the brain’s ability to grasp the concepts and study material will continue to decline. Our brain can get foggy and overwhelmed with so much information and this could cause losing attention span as well. Due to this reason, experts recommend to always take a break after an hour of studying. We might not feel like taking a break, but our brain always needs a break after an hour of studying. However, these breaks for some individuals could also turn into procrastination. We need to be mindful of our time and energy and how efficiently do we want to use them to be more productive.
Some other ways that could help our brain recover while on a study break are:
- Put on some music.
- Take a power nap.
- Go for a walk.
- Keep the study place tidy and quiet.
- Get coffee and fuel your body.
- Talk to a friend to get refreshed.
And much more….
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