The school year is officially beginning, and a lot of us have allowed our desks to collect dust this summer. Because the beginning of classes is associated with cooler weather, it’s safe to say that we’re going to be spending a lot more time indoors, so getting that study space up and running is essential. Using these tips to cozy up your study space is a great way to kick off a new school year – you can start your new classes with a fresh mind and a clean place to work!
Discard, Discard, Discard
Clutter is just not conducive to a study environment. It’s distracting and it makes things difficult to find, which can make completing assignments take longer than necessary. Take a good, hard look at your desk and decide whether you really need everything on it. Toss those old magazines. Get rid of the broken picture frame. Try to pare it down as much as possible so you have less to worry about. Anything you need to keep should be organized in a filing cabinet, folders, or drawers.
Make New Playlists
Spotify has playlists for just about anything, including Deep Focus, Intense Studying, and Atmospheric Calm. Take a browse and see if any of these work for you. If not, curate a nice, long playlist to help you focus. Having playlists already prepared eliminates the need to make one before you start working on an assignment – which is really just your way of procrastinating.
Invest in Comfort
There are a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t study in bed, but it’s tempting to do so. As an alternative, make your desk as comfortable as possible without making you want to fall asleep. Buy a new chair, one of those gel things for under your wrists, or a nice pair of slippers so that your study area is comfortable to work in, but not as cozy as your bed.
Let the Light In
If you can, put your desk near a window so you can get plenty of energizing sunlight during the day and a nice breeze at night. It’s also important to make sure that you have plenty of bright lights – dim lights will make you sleepy! Plus, it’s bad for your eyes to work in a dark room with just a dim light.
Stash some Snacks
You can work up an appetite as you study. Stash some hot chocolate, protein-packed peanuts, or granola bars in your desk so that you don’t get distracted by the sounds of your stomach during a late-night study session. Having a snack can also keep you energized so you can remain focused.
Clean your Computer
It’s a fresh year, and your computer should feel fresh, too. Do a good keyboard and screen clean, change your wallpaper, and clear off your desktop. Distracting clutter doesn’t just happen on your desk – it happens digitally, too!