How to organise your room to study productively

By StudentJob partner on 28-05-2018

Do you sometimes have problems with concentration? Does it seem like an effort to put your smartphone away and start studying? If yes, don’t worry, there are many people who have the same problem. According to the statistics, about 90% students procrastinate during their time in a university and afterwards at work.  

Procrastination is a psychological reaction to stress or an attempt to avoid evaluation by the other person. It’s okay to delay tasks from time to time, but soon or late you have to finish them. Here is where troubles may occur. Since when done in a hurry, these tasks actually increase stress and oftentimes give us poor results in the end.

So, would you like to cope with procrastination and study more effectively? Well, who wouldn’t, right? The great news is that changing some studying habits and updating a study room a little is often more than enough to boost focus on a task and increase productivity.

Get rid of possible distractions

No one likes constantly being disturbed by a commercial, a new interesting app, or an irrelevant call while trying to get focused on work. What can you do about that? Well, a good start is to put any distractions to one side. It could be your favourite video game, a tab with your mail, Twitter, Facebook, etc. on your laptop, and of course, for most of us our smartphones are the biggest distractions. Home appliances such as a TV or home telephone are also of concern. According to some cordless phone reviews, you can turn the noise reduction or the do-not-disturb mode on so that no one can disturb you while you are studying.  

Gather all the necessary things at hand

The list of such things will differ for everyone, but there is essential stuff for all. For instance, it is better to make sure that your chair and desk are comfortable and ergonomic since there is probably nothing worse than sitting long hours in an uncomfortable position. Prepare your notebook, spare pens and pencils, charge your laptop, in other words, try to predict things that may go wrong and prevent them in advance. It would be a pity to be distracted by a not working pen at the peak of your productivity.

Find the level of tidiness that works for you

Some psychologists suggest that working at a minimalist, tidy desk makes you more organised and focused. At the same time, some research shows that a messy room is better for creative thinking. The truth is there is no strong opinion on this account and more likely than not the degree of messiness in a study room will depend on personal preferences and the type of approach (logical or creative thinking) needed for the task.

Make zones

Dividing a studying room into zones (working and rest), is a good idea to find a balance between studying and relaxation. We all know that short breaks from work every 40 minutes help boost productivity greatly. There was a study on the influence of sleep on our memory which has shown that those students who have naps between studying and have full sleep at night memorise information better and for a longer time. Indeed, leaving a taskwork for the last night may not be so good idea.

Find your golden mean

Without a doubt, there is a lot of advice about making the best study room, but what works for one may not work for the other. So you can always make some experiment and find the most convenient lightning, the arrangement of your study stuff, and the frequency of your breaks. You may also find tips on how to boost your productivity useful. There is a lot of such helpful information on the Internet. One way or the other, only you can find the most effective studying method for you, so don’t be afraid of experiments.


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