In these distracting times, especially after two trying years of Covid-19 when mobile and laptop screen was everyone’s best friend either for entertainment such as Netflix or Amazon Prime; or for study and work purposes such as Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, and more. It is certainly hard to move on from screen to turning pages of a paperback. Most of us are tired of procrastination and these distractions and want to perform better in academics and live a productive life but alas, there is no way to leave the phone entirely. In this article, we are going to read about 5 ways by which you can change screen habits to book reading habits.
5 Ways By Which You Can Change Screen Habits To Book Reading Habits:
Unplug and Log Out
If you watch television programs or any other applications on TV, it is best if you unplug the cable. Every time you want to open the TV, you would have to go through the plugging in the process which might work as a reminder that you need to focus on studying and not on television. You might want to watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or perhaps Big Bang Theory again while having dinner or going to bed. And, the next thing you know, you forgot about your homework and trying to convince yourself that one more episode will not be that harmful. So, unplugging TV cable or logging out of OTT platforms is one of the best ways to avoid screen time.
Create A Plan
The only way to do anything in life is to have a plan. Plans that will help you to stay focused and not get distracted a lot. You need to have a study routine and everyday plan to check your progress and know how much more you need to study. The everyday plan is necessary to know if you are having productive days and if you are focused enough for your upcoming exams. Tip – A. Start by adding 5 tasks every day. B. Complete the difficult ones first.
Use Study Application
It is not necessary to shift from the screen time habit to book reading habit you need to stay away from the phone entirely. You can use the help of study applications – I would personally recommend Forest App. There is a deep focus system that will not let you use any other application on the phone. Well, if you do that you are going to lose focus and the tree you could build from staying focused will kill the tree. Not only that, if you register the app, you can contribute to planting real plants as well.
Keep Important Reads In Front
While growing up, you must keep books in every room of your house. Similarly, when you are an adult and distracted, make sure to keep books in every room of your house, especially places that distract you the most such as beside the TV remote or the bedside table where you keep your phone. You can also use sticky notes to remind yourself of the tasks that you need to complete by today.
Keep A Reward
Yes, just because you are trying to shift from screen to books does not mean you have to leave it entirely. Use screen time for a normal amount, so that it feels more like a way of gaining entertainment rather than a distraction. If you are studying for several hours, you would want to watch Netflix or enjoy Spotify for an hour or so. I am going to tell you what I do – I listen to Spotify every day, to get over the monotonous study sessions of 3-4 hours. A lot of people listen to soft or lofi music while studying, it helps them to stay focused. And, I am not a cinephile, I only prefer to watch movies when I feel too tired. So, as a reward, I keep a movie to watch during weekends. It helps me to stay focused and excited about studying.