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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014
Being disciplined can take you a long way
Sameer Parikh, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 23, 2014
First Published: 11:06 IST(23/4/2014)
Last Updated: 11:10 IST(23/4/2014)

Enter any home and the story is the same – parents switching off television and internet connections, confiscating mobile phones and endlessly nagging their children to study. At the same time, students love to brag about the number of hours they study during exams. In both cases, however, what is missing is the right attitude towards gathering knowledge.

It’s not the number of hours spent staring at books that counts, but the honesty and sincerity with which you approach your work. This discipline, whether it is related to studies or any other part of life, will definitely lead you to success.

Academics aren’t just about math concepts or historical events. The discipline that academic endeavours inculcate has much greater meaning for future challenges.
Be honest with your own self: Sitting with your books open for a few hours to please your parents has little value in the long run.

All that matters is that you’re true to yourself about the efforts that you’re putting in.

Minimise distractions: Tempting as it may be, minimise the distractions that steer you away from your books while you’re trying to study. Taking a disciplined approach to your studying will also leave you with more time to do other things that you enjoy doing.

Have a healthy lifestyle: To do well in your academics, you need discipline not just while studying but in your day to day activities as well. Regular physical exercise, a healthy diet and proper sleep are equally important to ensure success.

Be regular with your work: The only way to keep up with the workload of school is to be regular. Don’t leave things to the last minute or you’ll risk lagging behind.
If you miss out on a portion, make sure you cover up before things spiral out of hand.

Self-study is important too: Don’t wait for your parents or tuition teachers to get after your life to do your work. Take some time out every day to revise what you’ve been doing; this will significantly reduce your ­preparation time and stress during examination days.

Know your priorities: At the end of the day, you will excel only if you feel responsible for your own actions and are willing to accept their consequences. First, define your  goals and targets clearly and then work hard to realise them

Find a balance: Discipline in academics does not mean that you have a single-minded focus on studies and leave no time for other activities. What it means is to be invested in whatever it is that you’re doing to maximise your efforts. It will not only bring you good results but also give you the freedom to pursue other interests and activities.

The author is director, mental health and behavioural sciences, Fortis Healthcare


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