Thursday, October 31, 2019

How to set up an effective study space


1. Have a dedicated room/area

We all know you aren’t going to get anything done if you study on your bed or in front of the TV. If you can’t dedicate an entire room to study (first prize), then make sure you have a spot in your bedroom, or somewhere in your house, away from high-traffic areas (the kitchen is a big no-no), and other distractions. Having a dedicated area means you will associate this space with learning and hence, increase productivity.

2. You’ll need a decent desk and chair

It goes without saying that you will need a suitable desk and a chair. Your chair needs to be ergonomically correct, offering enough support for good posture, and at the correct height (feet should be flat on the floor). Using Feng shui principles  (the Chinese system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy or chi – according to Wikipedia, a typical rectangular shape desk with an open front will “provide grounding energy with an element of growth and expansion” and a flowing shape “promotes creativity and a constant flow of energy[LR1] ”. It should also be placed in a spot where you have a wall behind you and you can see the door (but not in line with the door).

3. Good lighting is a must

A well-lit room to study in is vital, not only to avoid nodding off (!), but to avoid eye strain as well. Natural light is best, but if you are studying at night, or if your window is on the small side, then make sure your artificial lighting is adequate. Layer your lighting by having good, overhead lighting as well as a desk lamp which illuminates just your desk.

4. Declutter, declutter

Messy desk, messy mind – or so the saying goes. Clear all unnecessary items on your desk. Too much clutter will not only encourage distraction, but can also overwhelm and stress you out. A tidy desk will improve your ability to focus and ultimately boost productivity and learning. Make sure everything has their designated spot; invest in some pen holders, file organisers or pigeon-hole shelves. Not only will your space look awesome (and neat!), but you’ll be able to find everything when you need it. Win win.

5. Personalise and decorate your space

Sure, you need to declutter, but that doesn’t mean a plain, boring desk. Get some pot-plants, create a mood board, or hang a fabulous print or painting. You need your space to be inviting, somewhere that you actually WANT to spend time in.

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