Productive Study Space
That Suits Your Needs
Where do you usually go to study?
If the response is "laying in bed with my laptop propped on my knees while snacking," it's time to rethink your study area.
Different students have different preferences when it comes to studying.
For example, some may prefer working in a community or shared space with a study group. Others may enjoy the bustle of a coffee shop with friends while others need the complete silence and solitude at the university library.
However, if you're planning on setting up a serious workspace at home, then this is the article for you!
We're gonna go through the basics of setting up a dedicated study space that suits your needs.Let's get this party started!
Things to Consider When Building A Dedicated Workspace
You need to ensure that your dream workspace can fit into your available space intuitively,
whether it's a spare room or the entire first floor of your house.
Here are the basics to consider when building your study space:
At the very basic of levels, you need a desk and a chair.
If you really want to start studying on another level though, getting ergonomic furniture is a game-changer.
That's because the best ergonomic solutions will often improve productivity!
With an efficient study space that optimises ergonomics, you will experience:
Better posture | Less exertion | Fewer motions | Better heights and reaches
Poor ergonomics in any kind of workspace leads to frustration, fatigue and body aches. If a study area is too physically taxing, you will find it hard to accomplish anything and may even subconsciously avoid the space.
When you feel comfortable, you can focus better on the task at hand, rather than having to deal with other distractions like back pain.
An ergonomic study space has been proven to decrease pain, strengthen muscles, and increase blood flow. Combined, this improves mental insight.
Beyond ergonomics, you should consider investing in furniture that lasts you a long time. A standing desk is an investment that you will want to grow with you and your needs.
Our Omnidesk standing desks feature an extendable frame that fits multiple table tops for future upgrades to larger tabletops as your study space needs expand!
Once you've got furniture settled, it's time to think about good lighting.
One of the most significant ways to set the mood in a room is to use lighting, and you should strive to find the ideal level for you.
If it's too dark, you'll strain to read your notes, but overly bright lighting can make you feel overstimulated and contribute to headaches or stress.
Whenever possible, natural light is the best source of light as exposure to sunlight is physically, mentally, and emotionally invigorating.
Try to pick a study area that is near a window to benefit from this. Just make sure your view won't be too distracting!
Another suggestion is to play around with different brightness levels and colour temperatures until you discover something that suits you.
According to a German study, researchers discovered that students were more creative under warm light (3000k), but concentrated better under cold light (6000k).
The overhead lights of a room can be too diffused to provide the concentrated light you need.
Consider getting a desk lamp, such as our Lumence monitor light bar, the quintessential lighting solution that helps you create personalised workspace lighting. With 4 different colour temperatures and 5 different brightness levels, the Lumence Light Bar has the perfect colour temperature and brightness for every occasion.
Beyond functionality, it's also space-saving! Simply clamp your Lumence onto any edged surface, from the top of your monitor to your favourite cabinet.
It's just as vital to think about how your study space sounds as it is to think about how it looks.
Some people will require background noise to do any task, while others may prefer complete silence.
Whatever your preference, try to find a location where the noise is consistent and suits your preferences.
If you can't find a spot with a suitable soundscape, create your own productivity playlist!
Music has been shown to raise efficiency during work, making your task go by that much faster. But not every genre can boost productive levels!
Based on current research, these are some of the main types of music that help you focus:
Classical Music: Classical music may make it easier to concentrate by stimulating the mind with its passionate instrumental compositions. There are no lyrics in this music either, which may make it less distracting for you.
Ambient Noises: Ambient sounds act as a sort of white background noise to promote a relaxing yet conducive environment. These familiar sounds engage the mind without being distracting. Examples include coffee shop chattering or nature sounds like the rain.
Video Game BGM: For both gamers and non-gamers, video game music is a great way to boost productivity. This is because such compositions were created to induce concentration and immersion in the listener.
Finally created the perfect playlist for study motivation?
All that's left is to get your preferred speaker or headphones and start learning!
If you're going to be spending hours every day in one spot, it's important to make your study space comfortable and familiar.
Firstly, the essentials:
Ensure that you have all of the study materials you require, and just those materials.
Traditional school supplies (pens, paper, and books) should be kept in a specific space that's easily reachable.
Make sure your laptop or tablet charger is handy - you don't want to lose work because you were concentrating too hard to notice a dying battery!
You can add curtains, bookcases, photographs, a clock, artwork, and plants to your study space in a variety of ways.
Memo boards, agendas, and corkboards can also help you stay organised while making a place more personal.
It should be your personal space; do anything you can to make it better!
General Tips to Ensure Productive Study Sessions
Remove Distractions from Your Study Space
Starting with what to leave out, is a good place to start.
Naturally, what puts you in a studious attitude varies from person to person, but here are some things to avoid in your study space:
- Video games.
- Your phone.
- Lots of open tabs
- Messy food/drinks/junk food
- Other people (unless you’re working on a group project, in which case you should be working somewhere else)
These are all things that, while appearing to be enjoyable or even constructive, are ultimately distracting.
Keep It Organised
The purpose of a study environment is to maximise the amount of time you can commit to studying while reducing the amount of work required.
You won't be able to do it if the environment is cluttered.
To make the most of the space you have, get rid of any superfluous clutter and garbage. When the work piles up, having a neat and tidy desk can help you feel calm and in charge.
Each item should have its own place as well. Consider getting organisers if you find that your study space is lacking in room:
Get an attachable desk drawer to store study paraphernalia that you don't always need.
A vertical desktop organiser can save way more space than you expect. Our Hestia organiser comes with attachable accessories to suit your exact requirements.
Tangled wires getting to you? Try our intuitive cable management bar that keeps your cables where you need them, but out of your way!
If you enjoy having a drink at your study space, a beverage holder can save you from costly spills,
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