During these uncertain times, many of us are now working and/or studying from home in an environment that we may not be used to working or studying from! Adjusting to working from home can be challenging. Having a designated space to work in can be helpful for decreasing distractions and increasing both motivation and productivity.
Here are my top 5 tips for successfully setting up your space:
- DO NOT choose your bed as your study space! Your brain associates your bed with sleep, and you will likely have difficulty feeling alert while you’re trying to focus on your work. It is better to choose somewhere in your home where you can sit upright in a chair such as an office, a kitchen or a dining room table.
- If there are other people in your home, try to choose a room that is far away from them (sometimes easier said than done) and close the door to minimize noise levels. If you have children and have a family member or partner who is also working from home, try to schedule shifts for watching the children so that you can take turns being productive.
- Make sure your work space is well lit. Good lighting helps your body to know that it’s time to be awake! Dimly lit rooms can make you feel sluggish and can cause you to have more difficulty concentrating. If there is not a lot of natural light, or the overhead light isn’t quite bright enough, consider using a table lamp to help brighten things up a bit.
- Ensure your study space is well equipped with everything you will need such as pens, pencils, a note pad or paper, Kleenex, lip balm, water bottle, healthy snacks, etc. Getting set up beforehand can help decrease how many times you will have to get up to go get something during your working time.
- Leave your cell phone in another room and check it during a scheduled break. I actually tried this tip today and I was AMAZED at how much more productive I was when I wasn’t checking my phone every 2 minutes. Studies show that if your phone is at least 20 seconds away from you, it can significantly decrease the temptation to check it constantly. I’ll admit, it felt strange at first. But once I realized how much more I accomplished, I was hooked. I now plan to use this strategy as often as possible!
Stay healthy and Happy Studying!