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5 Steps to Become Super-efficient And Succeed in Distance Learning

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Have you ever thought “this week I’m getting into it! ” and then spent the whole entire week procrastinating on Netflix?

Distance learning is difficult. (and much more  in times of COVID).

And sometimes it’s a struggle to go  to work, I know that as well as you do.

There are many things to do. It’s hard to be organized and to know  from where to start, just like it is to get to work, to be really productive and to move forward as quickly as you should.

But hey, there’s still time, you can always start a little later, can’t you? 

The result?

The backlog is piling up, and there are more and more things to be done. It’s getting harder and harder to get organized and be efficient, but you have less and less time. 

So it’s very important to do the right habits now, and consider  the little things that will help you to be much more productive in the long term and make your studies easier.

If some people can do it, why can’t you?

In the following lines, we will then take a look together at the steps that will allow you to :

  • Develop good work habits, and stick to them. 
  • Stay motivated, even on difficult days. 
  • Succeed in your training, and advance more easily in your studies. 

All right, ready?

Here we go

1. Set goals for yourself to get a successful distance learning

We can never say that it is enough.

If you want to be more productive, you have to set goals for yourself: it’s essential.

Why setting targets is essential? 

Because setting goals keeps you motivated over time and lets you know where you need to go. By taking this step, you can make your efforts more effective – and avoid the procrastination box on YouTube much more often. 

To set your own goals, ask yourself  these questions:

  • What do you want to achieve in the end?
  • For this, what steps do you have to go through?
  • What specific results do you want to achieve?

Answer these questions, and put it all down in black and white. 

When this is done, you will have your direction, and things will be much more clear for the next stage?

2. Break down your objectives

 why can’t you just set the goal for yourself  to get your degree ?. Unfortunately, things are more complicated. (you wouldn’t need us otherwise!) 

The idea is to break down each of your big goals into several smaller ones, closer-to-your mini-objectives.

Why breaking down your objectives into intermediate stages is a guarantee of success? 

Because long-term goals give you direction, but not all the steps you need to go through.

Setting intermediate goals (much closer to where you are at the moment) will ensure that your daily actions will have a much greater impact. 

By giving yourself goals to achieve each week, you can no longer spend whole days procrastinating on Netflix, because you no longer have months ahead of you: your goals must be achieved THIS week.

Result: Instead of  focusing only on a big goal that is too far away, concentrate on your short-term tasks, it will give more closer results of your efforts and you will be much more motivated to get to work.

Start with your basic goals, and break them down into smaller goals.

Ask yourself  these questions :

  • In order to achieve my major objectives, what steps do I need to take?
  • To get through these steps, what are the tasks I need to complete this week?
  • In order to make progress in all these tasks, what can I do today?

Again, place them all down on paper, and move on to the next step

3. Plan your weeks to succeed in your distance learning studies

Well, that’s already much clearer, isn’t it?

Now that you have your objectives clear and broken down, you have a basis for planning your weeks effectively. What  do you need to succeed in your distance learning studies ! ? 

Why making a work schedule? 

Because if you don’t have a plan, you won’t do anything.

Yes, we all have a lot of things to do, we are all surrounded by distractions and we have all of them at one time or another proven procrastinators. (you too, I’m sure…)

How many times have you said to yourself “OK, this week I’ll do it…” to start the next weekend with the only finished task being to finish season 4 of Better Call Saul? (which, by the way, wasn’t so crazy)

If you really want to get started this week, set a time for it.

If you think you can spend two hours a day studying, plan ahead.

It’s as simple as that. 

If you do this little job, you no longer work when you have a bit of time, or when you finally feel like it, but on the slots that you chose when planning your week: no more choice!

So before you start each week, take some time to plan the times when you’re really going to work – and again, yes! Place them all down on paper. 

4. Do one thing at a time 

Now your week is planned and you have well defined your work slots, you need to make sure that these slots are efficient!

It’s all well and good to spend time working, but the time must be well spent.

Once you have your slots, the idea will be to determine your work periods well and focus on one thing at a time. 

When planning for your week, choose a task for each slot that brings you closer to the goals that you have set for yourself. ( do you remember?)

When it’s time to tackle each block of work, you’ll already have your task and you’ll know where to start. 

Why doing one thing at a time? 

So that you don’t get distracted, and  to be more efficient.

 doing a lot of things at once will not make you move faster, quite the contrary.

By focusing on several tasks at once, you exhaust your energy and concentration in all directions and you don’t give your brain the time that it needs to adjust the tasks that you are trying to accomplish. (or you’re wasting time).

Whereas if you know in advance the precise objective you have to accomplish, and you concentrate on a single well-defined task: you know exactly what you have to do and you no longer waste time thinking about  from where to start.

A niche: a well-defined task. No choice.

5. Develop good habits and be regular

Why do the good habits are considered a base?

Because by following the steps we’ve just presented, you can be much more productive and make rapid progress in your studies, in a few weeks.

But if you stopped after two weeks and tried to pick up bad habits, your efforts  will have been for nothing. 

So make sure that your efforts are worthwhile, but also that you enjoy the process of working on you, so that you can keep going and don’t have to start from scratch every three weeks.

Because the key of anchoring these new habits is in you, you will have to follow the advice in this article over time:

As soon as you reach a goal, set a new one.

As soon as one week is over, plan the next one.

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