Tracking My Study Time
Study time is not measured by how much time you sit in front of a book or a screen. It is measured by how much time you actually are learning something from it.
In the damned age of distractions and constant pop-ups, there is no purpose in saying that you’ve studied the whole night, where in reality your eyes were bouncing between your eBook and your phone.
I am a normal human being and I get bored often times. Remember, I am a hardcore procrastinator.
I summarize all possible distractions I’ve experienced in the following block:
- consciously checking emails
- receiving Messenger/pop-pup
- wandering/daydreaming and taking action in that direction
- thinking about remaining tasks of the day/week
- seeking occasions to chat with family
So I decided to manually measure how much time I really put into studying without getting distracted: I start a timer at the beginning of every study session and stop it at the first sign of a distraction if it lasts more than a couple of seconds.
I have been pretty consistent with this technique. I felt weird at first. Imagine you are studying for an important topic and you consciously stop the study time because you know you must interrupt it with some bullshit.
I am going to collect all monthly reports in this post.