Sociology is a complex, fascinating and immensely rewarding subject. However, like most other things in life, being good at it requires passion, discipline, and focus.
Below are three tips I have found to be useful in increasing my productivity and focus as I complete my graduate studies.
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The dictionary defines passion as, “a strong and barely controllable emotion, an intense desire or enthusiasm for something, a thing arousing enthusiasm.”
I have cried legit tears from enthusiasm when I wrote my paper on poverty and residential segregation in Toronto applying Foucault’s concept of biopower. My friend has made fun of me because when I take notes of an article I’m reading, I add “BOOM!” “YAAAAASSSSS!” and other equally enthusiastic words next to a point an author made that I really liked.
It is a bit embarrassing. I don’t care— I love sociology.
Are you passionate about sociology?
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I quit social media.
In my previous post, is the Internet killing qualitative research, I discussed how constant consumption of information is undermining our ability to be creative.
Sociology is a creative process.
Quitting social media has worked wonders for me. It has given me the chance to be bored and exercise my sociological imagination. I got really good at thinking, specifically thinking about our social world.
What’s your distraction? You need to cut it.
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I try to commit about four hours a day on my craft; I work for 25-minutes for eight counts with five minutes break in between.
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I also have failed a lot.
However, when I followed those three simple tips, be passionate, avoid distractions and focus, I have managed to become good at studying sociology, really good.