Whether you attend classes primarily online or you go to class on campus, as a student, you’ll be spending quite a bit of time studying and completing assignments at home. To make the most of your space, here are a few suggestions to make your study area ideal for producing your best work.
Surface and Space
It’s easy to just use the kitchen table or the coffee table in place of a desk, but these are usually in the high-traffic area of house or surrounded by distractions. If you don’t already have one, invest in a desk or a table just for yourself and your coursework. Set up in a quiet place where you’ll be able to focus on your work instead of everything going on around you.
Be Prepared to Sit
Don’t underestimate the power of a comfortable chair, and don’t underestimate the damaging effects of an uncomfortable one. You’ll need a place to plant yourself–one that doesn’t act as an excuse to abandon the task at hand–so a wooden dining room chair or bar stool probably isn’t the best choice. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but find a chair that’s ergonomic and won’t give you a reason to get up and walk away.
Light Your Way
Sunlight and a window nearby may not always be enough; consider investing in a good desk lamp. Light not only helps you feel more alert and focused; a well-lit workspace can reduce eye strain and has proven to positively affect motivation and mood. As an added bonus, good lighting can even boost your productivity.
Focus on Your Goals
Do you have a particular thought that gets you motivated or helps you unleash a go-getter attitude? Whether it’s a quote, a person or a goal, put it in focus. Surround yourself with positivity and inspiring reminders about why you’re in school and what you’re working toward. The next time you start slipping into a slump, refocus on your ultimate goals.
Redesigning your work area can be fun. Make your space personalized and comfortable for studying so you can make the most of the time you put into school.