How to create a productive study space at home
As a student, a study space could be anything from a library floor to a bed caked in books and empty bags of chips – it’s just the realities of student life. While it might be easier to just bury your head in a book wherever you are, it’s not always the best. It goes without saying, but studies show that students who have a productive learning environment are more likely to achieve better results.
To help you ace your exams, we’ve come up with 8 tips to make any area in your home a study sanctuary where knowledge and creativity flow freely. Let’s dive in!
Find a healthy headspace
To truly focus on your goals and time management, you need to be in the right headspace. Start by decluttering your environment and eliminating any distractions. Next, it’s time to clear your mind and remove any mental blocks that might sabotage your study session. This will help you decrease stress levels and improve your overall productivity.
Harness natural light
Productivity flourishes in a space that is open and comfortable – but not too comfortable! The best way to achieve this is with natural light. Try positioning your desk next to a window or in a room where sunlight beams in throughout the day. For your late-night study sessions, invest in a desk lamp with warm white bulbs as an alternative to natural light. While artificial, a desk lamp will be softer on your eyes and help reduce headaches.
Use the right desk
Students spend hours hunched over their desks, so they need to be the right fit. If your desk is not comfortable or at the correct height, you could end up with incessant joint pain, back injury, or worse. When deciding on a desk, make sure that your forearms sit at a 90-degree angle when relaxed. If you study from home, you might want to consider getting a standing desk. This is a great way to improve your posture and reduce muscle and joint pain.
Don’t forget about your chair
A good chair is the foundation of your study space. It should be comfortable, supportive, and durable. Avoid chairs that aren’t adjustable because if they are not the right height, you’ll almost certainly experience neck pain. Swivel chairs also offer more comfort than stationary ones, allowing you to position your body perfectly and reducing muscle strain.
Choose colours wisely
Colours have a powerful effect on our moods and productivity. Research shows that natural colours like blue and green can improve your focus and make you feel more relaxed while yellows can promote feelings of optimism and creativity. Whether incorporating these colours in your decor or painting a section of your wall, your space will feel brighter and full of possibilities.
Surround yourself with inspiration
When it comes to hitting the books, we could all do with some extra inspiration. While your space needs to be clean, organised and open it’s also important to incorporate a few elements that get your creative juices flowing and give you a boost when your energy levels are low. Hang up sentimental photographs, artworks or even words of motivation so that you can simply look up and feel inspired.
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