Everyone has focus issues. This has been a problem, mostly when I wanted to stay concentrated during mid terms exams or else. Sadly, I found that I can hardly stay focus for more than 2 hours and a half. After that, my mind is automatically redirected to some useless stuff. That’s why I only reviewed my lectures and university courses for about that amount of time. After that, I needed to “clear my head” with something completely different before going back again to study my lectures. I work on an “alternative” basis.
I had some distractions back then. I still do today and they are pretty much the same.
Twitter can be a hell of a distraction! Even if I don’t follow a lot of people, there is almost something new to read every 2 or 3 minutes. It’s ok when it is just a tweet but when there is a link to an article that sounds interesting, you can be suck into a time vortex and forgot all about what you were suppose to do in the first place. Nowadays, I use Pocket to store the more interesting articles so I can read them later. It’s a bit procrastinating and I don’t know if I’ll have time one day to read them all but I try to keep a low number of favourite tweets on my account.
Tumblr can be a bitch as well. Ironically, today is the 3rd birthday of my Tumblr account \o/ I’ve been avoiding it for a few months because, weaned from the Internet, I wasn’t up to date about some TV shows like Doctor Who and Sherlock. And you must be aware that spoilers are a regular habit of Tumblr. As I did not want to be spoiled, I avoided it. But now I’m back and it feels good to have another place where you can scroll down infinitely and keep on discovering new things, depending on the accounts you subscribed.
I must confess also that for me, the basic card games on Windows can be quite a distraction! They are the silliest games but I’m obsessed to make perfect stats on FreeCell and the best I can on Klondike. I’m not proud of that fact.
In addition, I watch a lot of TV shows. This is related to my first university years when I spent a lot of time in front of my first laptop. To date and according to myepisodes.com, I saw 267 different TV pilots. I didn’t follow through all those shows still, it looks like I have spend around 8 months, 2 weeks, 9 hours and 26 minutes in front of my screen (without reruns). That’s a lot! I reduced the amount of shows I am currently watching a couple of months ago, henceforth I do not have 20 episodes to watch in a week anymore. Still, I have a couple of shows sleeping on my hard drive in case of shortage.
In the end, I’m glad to see I can regulate the amount of distractions I currently have so I can focus more on my coming exams. I still have to read everything on my timeline but I can delay watching episodes. Only a few fantastic shows must be seen the day they are broadcast, otherwise I can wait a bit. I didn’t even started on House of Cards season 2, this is quite an achievement!