I think its true that your environment really can impact your mood, and also how effectively you study. Libraries are a common study space, because they're quiet, organized, sleek, professional, and you're surrounded by books, which are written by smart people. All around, libraries have the atmosphere of intelligence and academic achievement. There's even a whole movement called hygge, which is pretty much that Danish concept of creating an atmosphere of coziness which will in turn increase your overall well-being. So there's a lot to be said about creating a good study space. Its convenient to have a good study space in your room or house, that way you can't use the excuse of the library being too far away as a reason not to study. Today, we're diving in on how to create a good study space in your own home.
Set up your study space by a window if you can, or if you're stuck in a windowless box, get some fairy lights or a Himalayan Salt Lamp to warm up the atmosphere and create a cozy vibe. There's nothing worse than trying to read a book in bad lighting, or having an LED light bulb shining right in your eye. Opt for natural light, with blinds or curtains for when its too intense, or soft, warm, yellow light.
A Comfy Chair
Don't sit in a reclined position, and your bed is definitely not a good place to study. Laying back while trying to read or type is bad for a lot of reasons. Posture issues while typing can cause neck pain, and laying back can make you feel sleepy and unmotivated. There's also a lot of research that finds doing things in your bed other than sleeping can actually make it harder for you to go to sleep there. So keep the textbooks off your bed. A good chair is something thats comfortable to sit in, but will keep you upright. I have a pillow on my chair to give extra comfort.
A Timer or Small Clock
Sometime's its good to hide your clocks, that way you're not checking them every five seconds to see how much time has passed. But splitting up your study time, so you work for twenty minutes and take a break for five, requires that you keep track of the time. Get a timer, the one on your phone works, or a clock with an alarm to keep track of your study time.
At Least One Pretty Decoration
Its nice to look up from my work and see my pot of cacti, or the little purple horse figurine I found on the floor of my high school. Put up a pretty painting nearby, or a sentimental knick knack, or any kind of visual element to give your eyes and your mind a temporary break when you need it.
A Basket or Drawer With Everything You Could Ever Need
Paperclips, staples, tape, white out, loose paper, sticky notes, any fun thing you could find at Office Depot needs to be in this drawer or basket, and it needs to be within arms reach. The most annoying thing in the world is having to get up and root around for a paperclip or a stapler when you really need it.
A Pen and Pencil Holder
This is separate from that box or drawer thats holding all your other stuff. By a cute little pencil holder, or get a cup from your kitchen, so that all your pens and pencils will be exactly within reach exactly when you need them.
Keep it Distraction Free
As my own bunny runs wild around my room as I write this, causing me to have to get up and keep her from getting into trouble, or just look at her in general, I am reminded of how important it is to have a study space that is distraction free. Put your phone on silent, maybe even download a focus app that shuts down your phone until you're all done with your work. Turn off the radio or speaker, unless listening to music helps you learn in which case I suggest an instrumental playlist. (Little Egg is making an instrumental playlist on Monday to help with this!) Take the distraction free vibe even further and write down any thought that may be on your mind before you set in to do your work, and then put the list away. Visually looking at what is worrying you or occupying your mind, and placing it away for later, can help you stay focused and on track while you're getting your work done.
Good luck studying! I hope all of you have found some type of skill or topic to learn about and are enjoying your summer so far. I know I'm having a great time keeping busy, but finding it hard to manage my stress. Hopefully this upcoming week will be better, it'll be a challenge since the only free time I have is from 10 to 2, and since I'm a night owl I love to stay up and get everything done then. I'm planning on turning my phone all the way off until my work is completely finished, and keeping a very detailed to-do list so I don't forget anything I have to do.
Our newsletter is also coming out this upcoming week, so don't miss it! You can sign up for it at the top of this page, this month's themed letter is all about music, and I have some awesome playlists to share as well as a highlight on my favorite artist at the moment! I hope you guys enjoy it. In the meantime, I will be working and studying and trying to keep Rocky from causing any trouble while I'm trying to work. Have a wonderful week!
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