I am not able to concentrate on my studies

I perform well in studies but I am not able to concentrate on my studies. I have many hobbies such as dancing, painting, sketching, singing, etc. My parents want me to focus on one thing instead of giving time to my hobbies. Please help me to focus on one thing.
Shruti (13)

Dear Shruti,

It is great to have hobbies along with your studies. However, your parents are right, the time is soon coming for you to focus on the most critical four years of your life — classes 9 to 12.

So, pick any one hobby to seriously pursue along with your studies. For this, you can join a hobby class if possible. As for the rest, don’t give them up… just use them as a means of relaxation between your study sessions.

One of the best ways is to focus on learning for at least two to three 25-minute sessions everyday, with a five-minute break in between. In those 25-minutes give all your attention to learning and reward yourself at the end of the session by spending time on a hobby, for example, sketching between two study sessions. If you do this, your hobbies will become your friends instead of distracting you from what you truly need to do.

Nasreen Hashambhoy
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Nasreen Hashambhoy

Nasreen Hashambhoy is a Counsellor, Life Coach and a Facilitator of training programmes for schools and corporates. Through a combination of coaching, counselling and facilitation techniques based on cognitive science and positive psychology, she helps clients achieve their true potential. She is the author of the series Values In Action published by Better Yourself Books.