There are many places out there in the world to study, but none is more comfortable or convenient than your own work space at home. Don’t have a study or work space at all? Or maybe you do and it needs a little sprucing up? If you want the most productive home office or study desk, then follow these deceivingly simple 5 tips.
Keep it Clean
Think putting time into cleaning isn’t worth it? Think again! The old saying is true: A cluttered space equals a cluttered mind. Each and every unneeded item strewn across your desk needs to go. Does it serve a practical or aesthetic purpose? No? Away it goes! Even if an object is nice to look at, consider if it could be a possible distraction.
Be sure to hover over the word “keep” in the “Keep it Clean” headline. You need to maintain a neat and tidy workspace. Take a little slice of time out of every week to clear off any items or papers that have begun to build up. Of course, the easiest way to keep a clean study area is by cleaning up as you go! Give everything its own place and put things back where you found them.
Make it Comfy
The comfort level of your study space or home office is more important than you might think. If you’re not feeling relaxed, then you won’t be able to fully focus. It’s just another reason to stand up, leave your desk, and go do something else. Making ourselves study or work is difficult enough, so the last thing you need is another excuse!
First off, make sure that the room you’re studying in is temperate. Feel too hot? Turn on the air conditioning or get a cheap fan to cool you down. Feeling the chill? Turn up the thermostat or grab a heater fan from your local home store (Target will also suffice). You can’t concentrate on your work if you’re too busy sweating or shivering!
Secondly, take a close look at your office chair. Sure, almost every chair out there feels great when you first sit down, but what about the minutes after? Consider investing in an ergonomic chair for any long-term sit-age! May sound a bit pricey, but if you live in a college town, finding an affordable one can be as simple as skimming through Craigslist. Skip out on seating that’s too comfy, like an arm chair. You want to focus, not fall asleep! If you want to put a little fitness twist on studying or working, consider getting a standing desk.
See the Light
Ever hear that reading in the dark will make you go blind? Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but reading in dim light really does strain your eyes. If you have to keep your eyes on a textbook all night, bad lighting can really put a cramp in the plan. Reading on a laptop in the dark isn’t all that fabulous for your eyes, either. Darkness or dimness can also make a sleepy atmosphere – and no one wants that!
The solution? Make sure your work space is fully illuminated by quality artificial lighting and/or natural light. Your eyes will thank you!
Eliminate the Noise
When selecting your study space, try your best to pick a quiet place away from other people and auditory distractions. This will allow you to become fully immersed in the task at hand. Of course, this can be waaaaay more difficult than it sounds!
Live in an apartment or in a noisy part of town? Don’t have the time/money for soundproofing? No problem! Your right to quietude is still within reach! Keep some headphones and an iPod within reach. Like to work in perfect silence? Then get ahold of some heavy duty earplugs ASAP.
Weed Out All Other Distractions
Distractions are your worst enemy when it comes to building the perfect study space. Even if minimalism isn’t your style, make an exception for your home office space. As we mentioned earlier, the fewer items that crowd your desk, the less reasons you’ll have to stop what you’re doing and let your mind wander.
But what defines a distraction? Maybe you have a steel focus that can handle having colorful art and posters around your desk. Perhaps your mind is prone to wandering and you can’t even be near a window. Experiment. See what inspires you and what distracts you. When you find something that disturbs the peace, get rid of it immediately to boost productivity. Once you begin to figure out exactly what works for you and what doesn’t, you can start to really plow through your work without disruption.
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