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Focus on Exams or Deadlines – Eliminate Distractions

Do you have a looming deadline or exam? Are you reading this post, instead of preparing yourself?

Here’s the solution: Close your web browser. Do your work.

Well, it might not be that easy. Fortunately, I’ve written before on this subject. Here are a few articles you might find useful:

Since I’m procrastinating myself, here are some other ideas to consider:

  • Close your email. Seriously, you don’t need to check it every 5 minutes.
  • Ignore your RSS feeds. I don’t think the answer to an exam question will pop up in there.
  • Take a blogging break. Your blog won’t disappear if you don’t post for a couple days.
  • Close other programs. Does IM really help you study?

Now, I really must study for finals. Graduation is near, but I still have to pass. 😉

[tags]exams, school, study, deadline[/tags]

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10 Responses to “Focus on Exams or Deadlines – Eliminate Distractions”

  1. Alberta
    April 27th, 2007

    Andrew, leave it to you to get right to the point…! You are so on target…I find the computer can eat up huge amounts of time without you even realizing it.Thanks!

  2. Andrew Flusche
    April 27th, 2007


    You’re absolutely right that computers eat up time. I think they’re time vortexes. They just sit there and suck up all 1/2 our time. And the TV sucks up the other half. 🙂

  3. Owen Cutajar
    April 27th, 2007

    Good luck mate. Hope you do well. In the meantime, I’d better start studying. Have an exam on Strategic Planning first week of June

  4. Andrew Flusche
    April 27th, 2007


    Thanks for the good wishes. I wish you luck on your exam as well. You must not procrastinate like me – June’s a long time away. 🙂

  5. Dee
    April 27th, 2007

    I have lots of assignment and exams coming up and I’m still procrastinating. While your tips are more than great, I still find them easier said than done. We need a blogging rehab of some sort lol

  6. Andrew Flusche
    April 27th, 2007

    Hey Dee,

    You’re absolutely right that these tips are hard to actually implement. One thing I’ve been doing today is to “reward” myself by having designated blog time every so often. If I really focus and study, I get to have guilt-free blogging time periodically.

    Good luck with your exams!

  7. amore
    April 28th, 2007

    what I do, I asked my hubby to sabotage the internet… hahaha

    by the way thanks for creating the Comment Email Responder plugin for wordpress..

    u will surely be a good lawyer! in what field do u want to focus? I mean what kind of lawyer do u want to be?

    best wishes!

  8. Pro Se Thoughts
    April 28th, 2007

    I’d be able to study law if you would stop sending me blog reports! *grin*

  9. Andrew Flusche
    April 28th, 2007


    I am going to be the lawyer for a nonprofit organization: American Life League. I’ll be doing research, lobbying, and some litigation. It will be fun!