Whether you are still studying full time or developing your career with additional learning, it’s important to create a physical space that will maximise your ability to learn. The right study and learning area can help you avoid procrastination and distraction, while keeping you motivated to achieve your best.
Here are a few tips:
Shhhh! Keep the noise down
Find a room with a door you can close or invest in a good pair of noise reduction headphones. This will help block out any noise and help you avoid the temptation to join in on any outside distraction.
Keep your learning and living areas separate
Your study space should be separate from your living space. This helps to minimise distractions such as the TV, but it also means when you are done studying you have a ‘study free zone’ that you can enjoy and relax in. If you can’t create a dedicated learning area at home, find an alternative. Libraries are always a good choice, but if you are working, it could be as simple as going to work an hour earlier each day to get your studies done before your colleagues arrive for the day.
Shine a light on learning
Good lighting is crucial in any work or learning space. Place your desk close to a window for natural light during the day and ensure you have a good overhead light bulb or desk lamp if you are burning the midnight oil at night. Your eyes will thank you for it.
Organise your learning space
Make sure you have all the items you need to begin studying, so there’s no excuse to get up and move around. If you like to snack, ensure you also have a few treats close by. Remember, procrastination is a sneaky. You get up to have a bite to eat, and next thing you know you’re ‘taking a break’ because something caught your eye on the television. Sometimes even cleaning the house is appealing rather than staying with the books.
Declutter your learning area
Keep your study space neat and tidy. Clearing away the clutter will help to keep you focused on the task at hand. A clean study space also means you won’t waste time searching for stationary or lost notes.
Invest in ergonomic study furniture
The right furniture is important – a good size desk and comfortable chair are a must, so you don’t find yourself hunching over or slouching. You’ll be able to focus a lot harder on the task at hand if you don’t have a sore neck or a cramped leg.
Decorate for learning success
Make your learning space inspiring – use colours to your advantage as they can influence your mood. Choose a colour that makes you feel energised, calm or focused, and get yourself some decorations in that shade. You might also want to choose a learning reward and put a picture of it on the wall as motivation when you feel tempted to skip a session.
Tips for creating the best study workspace:
- Make sure your space is quiet to avoid distractions
- Good lighting is essential
- Be organised and stock your space with essential study materials
- Decorate your space so you are inspired to get the job done