Burying your nose in a book when studying or focusing your eyes for hours on a computer screen while toiling away at work can prove both exhausting and boring. Though nothing can make these activities fun, there are some ways in which you can reduce the acuteness of your exhaustion or boredom. By working to stave off these impediments to work and study, you can likely make your attempts at doing both markedly more effective.
Prepare by getting a good night's rest. You are much more likely to find exhaustion a problem if you aren't getting an adequate amount of sleep each night. To reduce the likelihood that you zonk out when you should be hard at work, make your night hours restful ones, planning for eight hours of sleep each night to ensure that you have the stamina necessary to push through a busy day of study or work.
Create the perfect atmosphere. Before you start studying or dive into the pile of work that is threatening to overtake the surface of your desk, spend some time preparing your environment. Add some lighting to the space if the current lighting is dim, to ensure a lack of light doesn't lead you to tire to quickly. Set the climate control so the space is neither too cold, leaving your shivering, nor too warm, lulling you off to sleep.
Make the activity a social one. Quiet and isolated activities often prove more exhausting than ones during which you are communicating with others. To make your studying or working more fun, and by connection less likely to put you to sleep, join with a friend or co-worker in studying or completing tasks. This social interaction may be just what you need to prevent yourself from getting a bad case of the sleepies.
Keep busy. As Amy Joyce reported for the "Washington Post," you are less likely to suffer from boredom if you are busy. Instead of avoiding extra work or trying to lighten your study load as much as possible, take on a more lofty load if you intend to prevent the onset of boredom as, if you are busy, you may find yourself with little time to suffer the ill effects of boredom.
Take breaks. Reward yourself for your attentiveness and give your body a chance to rise out of the daze into which you have fallen by taking regular breaks. Make promises to yourself, telling yourself that if you stay focused for an hour or so that you can take a five minute stroll to the vending machine to get some coffee or a snack. The promise of this much-needed time away from the task at hand may prove tempting enough to keep you focused upon what needs to be done.