How Nurses Can Limit Distractions

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Do you get distracted when studying for your exams?

How many times have you told yourself you need to focus and get it done? But you keep getting distracted by things around you.

In this article, I share tips that will help you limit distractions and focus on your studies and pass your NCLEX exam.

Turn off your cell phone
Your cell phone is a major source of distraction. With all the buzzing, updating, tweeting, calling and messaging that goes on, you are probably hooked to your phone.
Opt to switch your phone off or have it on silent and set priority calls to be enabled.
Master a sense of discipline to have time for your studies without having to reach for your phone every 2 minutes.

Limit time on social media
Social media is another source of distraction for nurses.
You may end up spending lots of hours scrolling and trolling instead of typing away your project.
Limit your time on social media and get to check and respond to all the important messages.
Should someone want to connect with you and have a long chat, politely ask them to allow you to get back to them at a later time.

Focus on one project until it is complete
You will get a lot done by focusing on one thing at a time. By moving from one task to another without completing any task, will achieve very little progress.
While it may be overwhelming to handle multiple projects at a go,  especially when preparing for your NCLEX license exam, plan your tasks in a way that you can accomplish them within the required time.
This will enable you to move at a swift and sure pace and still complete the projects at hand within the set time. Use this process, and you will make significant progress.

Limit email
Emails bombard nurses inboxes frequently.
You may be tempted to check your mail every time you see a notification. However, this will be a constant source of distraction.
Instead of typing your document, you’ll be thinking of your response.
Limit your email by setting a particular time when you read them, or sort your emails according to priority -to enable you to focus on your project.

Limit television
As a nurse, you need some rest and relaxation time.
However, it can be hard to control leisure time.
Develop a habit of setting aside a specific amount of time to watch your favorite TV show or movie. Also, it will help you a great deal if you can work without having your TV on.
By doing this, you will be able to work in a focused manner, without throwing glances to your TV screen and being partially attentive to the task at hand.

Plan your week
Plan your activities in a way that they do not interfere with your studies. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Prepare and plan your schedule and follow through.
Do not fail to do a task on the date set, to ensure you will have a smooth workflow. Allocate enough time to do your shopping or visit family and friends. This will minimize chances of you getting distracted at random occasions.

Avoid on the spot decisions
Remember, your friends and family have a different schedule from yours. Sometimes they come up with activities you did not plan for.
Since you have made a choice to schedule your activities and plan for your day or week ahead, make an effort to avoid on the spot decisions, unless it is an emergency.
Discipline will enable you to dedicate yourself to completing your projects and achieve much more.

It starts with you!
These tips are a guide to help you to be less distracted and more focused to complete your study projects. It is now totally up to you to get this done and write a new chapter in your life. On where you get things done and complete.
Your motivation, ambition, and dedication will enable you to achieve your tasks.

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  1. It is amazing how our cell phone and social media have taken up so much of our time.

    • Joyce says:

      So true.
      We need more breaks from social media.