The enemy is distraction. I have always know this but only recently have I paid enough attention to fully realize it. The bad news is that I could have accomplished so much more in life had I been focused. The good news is my life ain’t over yet.
Recently, I completed a course to get my real estate license. (I can use it at my day job.) I tend to get distracted easily, as we all do. Yet, I needed to pass the test so that my $95 test fee was not spend in vain. I was finding it difficult to study and work and draw and do everything else that needed to get done. I have never been great at studying, kinda always just passed my courses by remembering what I had read or heard earlier. If it were calculus or such, I could pass and simply say to myself that I probably would not use it in the future. With real estate, I have to know the laws. There are high penalties for making mistakes. So I had to study.
I quickly created a method to study effectively. Perhaps you may be a natural at this stuff. Not me. I had to devise a plan.
Here is what I did:
- I set aside two and a half hours each night to study
- I then set the timer on my phone to 20 minutes
- I studied intensely for that 20 minutes, not allowing myself ANY distractions
- Once the 20 minutes was up, I set the timer for five minutes and took a break, not allowing myself to even look at the study material. I simply sat there and listened to a favorite song.
- Then I repeated the process until six 20 minute sessions were completed.
I must note that I devised this study plan in the last week before my test. Using this plan, I was able to retain much more than I had in the weeks prior. I achieved more in less time.
Since I had success with this plan (I passed the test), I decided to use it for my comics. I was finding myself spending what I felt as too much time per strip. Using this method, I have been able to complete more strips and have even improved the quality of the strips. Additionally, I’m using the method for this post.
And my time is about up. Gotta go.