Technology permeates us. Everyone owns some gadget or the other, the most common of them being the smartphone. However, it often leads to waste of time much more than it’s utility. This waste of time is primarily caused by Whatsapp and apps such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Cutting down on all technology, however, is not the solution. What is needed is optimization of the right technology. Here is an article of how I used technology to boost my results the right way, with valid reasons for using each of the tech items.
Remember that you might have the best smartphone and you might still not waste time on it. It all depends on your will power. However, for those who do not have such a strong control over themselves, you can use what I did… minimum distraction and maximum work devices.
I needed to use a lot of books to study and refer from for all the competitive exams, mainly JEE. Now, buying so many books was never an option. Also, my eyes were not strong and hence, could not afford weakening them further by using a tablet or a laptop. Hence, I invested in a Kindle as I could easily download e-books from my PC and read it on my Kindle. It was particularly useful as it gave me 0 distractions and the Kindle screen doesn’t hurt eyes in a proper well-lit environment (just like a book). However, for those with dimly lit situations, Kindle Paperwhite works wonders. For all those like me and with a similar story, I would recommend these devices highly.
At the end of the day, I can look at my Kindle and say it was worth it. It helped me clear NTSE and JEE. It gave me companionship when I felt alone. What more would I need from a device?
The second technology that I used was a pair of headphones (My Walkman Headphones). They helped me study effectively by cancelling out all the noise from the surroundings and replacing it with music. I was used to studying while listening to music and so this was a great thing for me. To each his own though.
However, this is how you can you can use technology to aid your studies, without the risk of unnecessary distractions.
All the best