We are beings of distractions and forces we can’t control interferes with our focus. With it, we tend to either Entertain the distraction or reject it. But it usually happens that engagement holds the weightage on the entertainment side rather than giving a thoughtful rejection during the study time.

Being unaware of these impacts us in many possible ways, some of them to even the extent of disregarding the learning of the subject itself.

Here, we are going to look at the factors, consequences & ways by which gaps get created in our study time is impacting our focus, as well as how can we possibly tackle them. So be prepared to take some notes in the process of improving your learning methods.

Gaps in Building Context

Information Gap

When we study a subject or a particular topic we start to build a context of what we are studying, usually by learning its terminologies, history, characters or relations to other subjects and so on. Doing these we start to come close to building deep connections to the subject itself doesn’t matter whether it’s reading a fiction or academic textbooks.

And when we have an absence of information or credible source, we tend to have holes in understanding, which would have filled if we had sequential learning in the first place. These consequences impact the growth of our potential learning & therefore performance. But the way we tend to adopt or receive over the exploration of the internet, everything doesn’t seem to be sequential, rather, bits of information here and there. When this happens then we can’t be sure that these bits are coming from credible sources that we can rely on.

Think like this, if we were to shoot a soccer ball with holes in them then how far would you expect the ball would reach. Likewise, it impacts the learning rate by which we need to back and forth to learn unexplored information in the future.

Without a credible source, context building is merely a hammer in the air.

Takeaway: Fill your Holes with reliable & credible information.

Law of Diminishing Intent

Another gap in the shape of Interesting Law coined by Jim Rohn gives a great deal in reflecting our actions and power of doing something now. It goes like this…

The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.

According to this, if we take a longer time to reflect and act upon something, we are likely to postpone it or worst possible — never do it. It is usual and common to most people. Whenever someone hops onto the plan of doing something that actually interests them, they usually tend to stretch the gap of doing it because of various reasons — work, procrastination, or pursuing other activities. So, whenever someone asks about the plan of doing that particular thing, people tend to either avoid the conversation or seems to be telling an excuse that led them not to do it.

Certainly, people set there goals and priorities before starting to do anything. If we were to give clarity in those terms, each set apart different time frames in its meaning. The Goal being longer time frame & Priority being a shorter time frame. Examples of longer one are — Having Good health, Good Savings, Reading 40 books in a year, etc. And Examples of priorities are avoiding junk food today, or bargaining to save 10 rupees today.

The priorities being the shorter target when given a longer delay of action then there holds a possible diminishing of longer-term goals. Think like this, if I don’t read 1 page in a single day then my goal of reading 40 books a year is diminishing its way — Simple.

Looking at the chart above simply shows the decreasing interest and increasing rejection diminishes over time.

Takeaway: Delay is Evil, Stop having too much gap in what you want to do. Do today itself.

Gapping & Feeling of Excess in Study Time

When we sit down doing a study session, we usually happen to think we are taking in too much or have given a certain amount of focus, that we need to be taking a rest from it. This feeling of Excess of taking in or given away lets us Stepping away from accumulated focus to other consuming things. Even if we have not given the required focus that we should have given, we tend to give ourselves more leisure time than the actual study time itself. This creates a Delayed gap.

The more we spend time on leisure, the more the gap between the study session increases. This leading to reduced focus and disinterest in the topic itself. And this is one of the main reasons that make people hop from one subject to another like a monkey.

Here is a study visualized in an infographic manner to describe where a typical person spent most of their time. Just have a look.

Source: emarketer.com

Surely the digital consumption is increasing over time, without counting any age groups. And with this increase, mental health can surely affect and too much consumption may bring the feel of an excess kick in. So, simply whenever the feeling of excess is experienced, the key answer would be the amount of work done to completion.

With that said, Lets recap & summarise three types of gaps we learned so far:

  • Informational Gaps
  • Interest Delay Gap (Priority & Goals-based delay)
  • Leisure Time Gap (Watching Netflix, Youtube during learning)

I hope that made sense.

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