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September 13, 2014

Concentration is the game


It's getting towards the end of the year and deadlines are creeping up, but I've become so bad at concentrating. Lately I've found that the best way for me to get work done is to be somewhere calm yet public - like the library or a cafe. I've become so used to procrastinating at home (I was saying to my friend today that my room has become a literal dungeon of procrastination) that the change of scenery really kicks me into gear. Having strangers around holds me accountable, because I can feel their judging eyes on me if I sneak onto Facebook or try to online shop. A massive mug of coffee also helps, not because I need the caffeine, but because it makes me feel purposeful and grown up. As for the bagel - there is no explanation or need for the bagel. I just really like bagels with cream cheese.

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38 comments:

  1. It's funny because I'm the same way. I need to be in a busy space like a library to get any real work done. There's just too much to do at my house otherwise

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    1. For me, there is nothing better to do at my place other than do work but somehow I manage to find stuff anyway... it's tragic

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  2. Yeah, I feel the same because
    I can't get anything done when
    I am at home. Library was really
    my salvation :') Xx

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    1. I only really like my uni library (my local library is overrun with children), but it's an hour for me to get there!

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  3. "A literal dungeon of procrastination"; that sounds too familiar to me :p
    And bagels... who can't say no to them gehehe
    Good luck with your deadlines!!

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  4. I found when I was writing my dissertation, I could never write in my bedroom. I had to be in the library, or at the dining table or anywhere, basically. In my room, I just never buckled down to any work. Library's were a good place, because if I didn't log-in to the wi-fi, I wouldn't get distracted by the internet, either! I'd always take snacks with me, though, haha.
    Good luck with all your deadlines! x

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    1. Seriously, my room is cursed or something. My uni library is SO STRICT about no food, if I try and sneak something I get pounced on immediately!

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  5. I also find that a change of environment helps me concentrate. Library is a great idea. I used to lurk in quiet cafe's :)

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    1. I think the people who work at the cafe I usually frequent are starting to recognise me haha, I should change it up...

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  6. This is LITERALLY me. I can never study at home because there are always people around to distract me, or worse... food. I've never really been into studying in cafes though, maybe that's something I should consider!

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    1. Haha however food is definitely also a distraction in cafes!

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  7. Good luck with your studies! I have that too, sometimes I even move out to the living room instead of my room and I feel like I'm more productive too. I've never studied in a cafe but it seems to be quite common, especially when I was in the US and everyone went to Starbucks with their laptop and papers to write.

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    1. I like a cafe where lots of people are studying, makes me feel less self conscious aha.

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  8. Maybe I should try studying in a coffee place, so that I don't procrastinate by going on Facebook/Instagram. I feel like I would spend too much money on pastries though. D:

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    1. That is definitely one downside to it! But I will gladly spend $3+ on a coffee if I actually get work done.

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  9. A change of scenery from your bed room is always necessary! My retreat is also a cafe :)

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    1. My bedroom is basically only good for sleeping now haha.

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  10. Classic Tom n Toms for studying. It's the same for me - I need to have made an effort to go somewhere to actually be able to study.

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    1. Thank you Tom n Toms staff for never kicking me out (although I think they're starting to recognise me).

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  11. We are completely different! I was at MSM yesterday and told my friend I didn't understand how people could study in cafes or libraries. I am the most productive when I study at home tbh haha. But studying in a cafe does have it's perks - good food a few metres away from you!

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    1. Haha at this rate I'm going to gain a bit of weight!

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  12. could NOT agree more. i know i'm on holiday but since i have such a long time in a lot of places and since my social options are limited cause i'm on my own and i don't want to crowd the same people with my company constantly, i've really enjoyed spending time in cafes writing in my travel journal or editing photos or doing blog stuff. if i'm at home i'll literally not get anything done, but when i'm in a cafe not only are there limited distractions, but i would feel weird watching youtube videos or online shopping, so i just get to work.

    the only thing i really feel like i have to do in a timely fashion is write in my travel journal and if i go sit in a nice cafe with a cup of tea and maybe a bit of cake every few days, not only is that my time to relax but i also feel accomplished because i'm actually getting stuff done and a cafe is the perfect environment to motivate me.

    little henry lee

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    1. It's so good that you're keeping a proper travel journal! The most I do is jot a few sentences of what happened that day, and that tends to trickle off towards the end anyway. It's a good idea to take the time to do one in more detail, it would be awesome to read through again in a few years.

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  13. To me is the contrary! I can't concentrate with people around! I get easily distracted observing people :)

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    1. I guess I'm just really self-absorbed because other people don't really distract me (unless they're being loud!)

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  14. Good luck!

    Don't we all love bagels? :]

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  15. I've always been quite good at getting things done, but sometimes the change of scenery is nice. Not being at uni any more though, I don't really have that need, maybe at the end when I need to write my phd thesis, maybe then I might start thinking I need to work at the coffee shop :)

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    1. I usually do okay but I think this year I've been doing more writing/etc than just learning out of books and that's where I get distracted most easily!

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  16. I feel you, omg. I was working on an assignment all day that should've taken me half the time if only I wasn't getting so distracted. Might have to pick up your idea of just packing it all up and going to a cafe.

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    1. That's the worst feeling :( I really like Tom n Toms cause they have wifi and don't kick you out even if you're there for ages!

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  17. Yes! Home is so distracting! But I don't have a laptop so I'm stuck at home. Did try to bring my box of a computer to a friend's place. Never again

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    1. LOL you tried to move a PC? Haha that's dedication

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  18. Haha yeah I'm the same way. I find it very hard to work at home... unless there is a deadline and I am very behind. In contrast I love working or blogging away in a coffee shop.

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  19. take it easy in those coffee shops, it becomes an expensive habit. I get the idea about working though, it does kinda help.

    Buckets & Spades

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  20. I am the complete opposite! I cannot concentrate at cafes or libraries! I couldn't concentrate at home either until I got a job one time that required me to work from home. I learned how to be super productive!

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  21. I totally agree. I used to be so bad at public places and just 'relax and experience the atmosphere' or weird stuff like that. But now my graduation is coming closer and closer I find myself together with my laptop visiting public places much more often. My home is literally my place for sleeping, eating and watching movies/series...so horrible.

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