Most of us are stuck at home right now, and for some, this is the first time not studying at uni. Are you worried about keeping focussed in your home environment? Staying in bed is good if want to nap and procrastinate all day, but the first step to effective home study is creating a designated study space, that will be conducive to academic success.
Pick a space
Find yourself a room or quiet corner at home, and let other people know you can’t be disturbed. Designate this space purely to work, scheduling, planning and organisation. Declutter, and try to remove any distractions; video games, other people, and mess all need to go. If possible, spaces that have natural light and less noise are better.
Sunlight helps boost Vitamin D levels and in turn, mental health. Try to study near a window and let the sunshine flood into your study space. If your study area is dark, it might be worth investing in a desk lamp to help with reading textbooks, and if it’s noisy, noise cancelling headphones can help.
Set it Up
To start, you need a desk or table to work on, a power point to charge your device and a good chair or yoga mat (for stand up desk) to stand on.
To make studying a breeze, set up all your study stuff here; your notebooks, textbooks, study device and pens all have a new home in your study space. You can also make other good stuff accessible; water or tea, healthy snacks, headphones (good for Zoom), a white board, kitchen timer (for pomodoro technique) and planner are all good additions too. Keep anything distracting, like your phone, out of reach, this space is business only!
Where possible, adjust your study space’s temperature. If you can’t, make sure you’re dressed for the conditions. Even though you’re at home, it’s a good idea to get out of your PJs and into new clothes every day, it will help you feel motivated to achieve goals and avoid any awkward Zoom mishaps.
Fill the Space with Love
Make your study space somewhere you enjoy being productive; you can add inspirational decorations and put goals up on the wall. You can find free printable goal sheets online, and fill them in to remind you what you’re trying to achieve, or feel inspired by surrounding yourself with motivational messages. Plants help brighten the space and improve the oxygen quality in a room; and in turn, they improve your immunity, mental health and overall productivity. Picking the right study playlist is essential in setting the space’s mood for productivity.
One of the best ways to stay productive is to maintain a daily schedule, you don’t have to rush out and buy a whiteboard though or stationery though. Be resourceful, you probably have different things you can creatively use to write a daily schedule; separate the hours of the day to specific tasks.
Another tip to keep your space clean is to have a break at least once an hour, and declutter any rubbish, food or drinks in the space.
The perfect study space doesn’t exist, and for most of us it will be a work in progress. But remember, you’ve got this!