Monday, 25 September 2017

Creating A Study Space

Whether you are a student or you work from home, a productive study/work space is essential. Somewhere you can work from with no distractions and manage to get everything done. But it can be difficult to know exactly what you require from such a space - after all, everyone is different and has different working and studying styles., so it is important to work out what your style is and working from there. 

A visual learner may prefer their space to have some pictures to help them, focus an aural learner may prefer to have some soft music playing to enable them to study to their full potential. Verbal, physical and logical learners may also have their own ways of making their study space their own so that they can work more productively. 

First things first, when creating a study space you need somewhere to work. Choose an area of your home that would be perfect as a study space and then take a look at the various home office desks out there to find the right one for you. Make sure you pick the right desk for the space, and for your posture - there’s no point purchasing something that won’t fit or that will cause you to be hunched over. You also want to make sure that the area that you have chosen has plenty of natural light - straining your eyes to work under the gaze of a dim light bulb is not a good idea. Also, it's important to make sure that your space is positioned correctly in regards to lights - you don’t want either the natural light or house lights to be shining directly into your eyes. 

You will also need some good seating - whilst it may be tempting to use any old chair that you have in the house such as a dining room chair, it is so important to invest in a decent computer chair that provides lumbar support. They are created especially for people who have to sit at desks for long hours so that their back isn’t affected - don’t risk your health by not choosing a chair wisely.

Whilst you want to be able to study and work from the space and you want to be productive without distractions; you also don’t want the space to be too clinical. Make it your own - personalise it with some ‘you’ touches. Maybe some photos of family and friends, some inspirational quotes. Make it productive but inspirational.

You also want to make sure you have plenty of storage and are very organised - whether you choose a desk with various drawers for storage or opt for folders for your paperwork, you must think about this before finishing off your study space. Pen pots for your stationery, pins for your pin board where you will pin any important information - all these things need to be stored nice and neatly in and around your desk. A perfect study space is relaxing and inspiring - it needs to be somewhere you want to sit and study rather than somewhere you dread going. Keep positive affirmations dotted around to keep you positive when working there and know when to take a break - don’t overdo it. Make it a nice positive space that you like to visit but can also easily leave to take a few minutes breather.

By taking these few simple steps, you will be able to create a study space that works for you - somewhere that you can go and study or work and get things done. All you need to do is work out what suits you best and go from there.

What does your ideal productive study space look like?

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  1. I would love a little work area but unfortunately we don't have any space in our house.

  2. Having a comfortable chair is so important so you don't get back ache, I like to have a pretty area when I work so motivational cards and photos x

  3. I love these tips! I don't have enough room for a desk study area but I have a wee spot on our kitchen counter haha. I make sure it looks pretty and as uncluttered as possible. :))

  4. I definitely need a computer chair that provides lumbar support because at the moment I use my bed to work which is not good for my back at all! x

  5. My work space is my settee! I aim to have a dedicated space sorted out soon. Kaz

  6. seating is so important, but so often overlooked! great post and ideas here. I wish I could create a space like this - need to wait for my children to grow up!

  7. I have tried to keep my work space as distraction free as possible. Not so easy when the kids come at me all the time but at least other than them there isn't much to take my focus off work.

  8. I'm currently in the process of turning my spare room into an office and I'm so excited to get the space finished x

  9. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to office spaces and most of them have huge desks, lots of white wall space and a big comfy chair x

  10. this is definitely something im going to look into once we get the room! sitting at a desk always feels so much more productive than working in bed haha


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