Tips and Tricks

We all have ways to procrastinate online. Whether, it’s Facebook, StumbleUpon or YouTube, these sites have a way of consuming too much time. It can be hard to keep a balance between what you want to do and what you should be doing. So, here are some tips and tricks to keep you focused so you can get your work done faster and go back to watching videos of cats.


Will power

This method works better for some than most. However, it is always worth a shot.


Listen to music.

Finding good music to study and work to can block out distractions while keeping you awake and motivated. Try making a playlist on Grooveshark, find great artists on Pandora or Spotify, or listen to pre-made playlists on


Make a to-do list.

Reward yourself for every to-do you complete. Plus, there is that feeling of accomplishment when you can cross something off a list.


Take breaks.

Seeing the work we have to do by the next morning can be overwhelming. Take small breaks between problems sets or create a reward system so you have something to look forward to. For example, one hour of work means a 20-minute break or two problems equals three games of Tetris.


Silence your phone.

Keep yourself from checking your phone constantly. This keeps you less distracted, and you will feel super popular when you have a bunch of unread text messages when you check your phone after a long time.


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