Having a place where you can sit down and be productive is really important for everyone, not just students. Although it is really important for students! There are certain things about your working space that can make you more or less productive so here are 5 rules for setting up the perfect productivity area.
Rule 1 – Have a tidy space
Having a tidy space is absolutely essential to allow yourself to be productive.
Everything should be kept tidy and neat in the room where you are working, be it the living room or your bedroom. If you are in your bedroom you’ve probably heard before that you should make your bed and the benefits of this. Seriously having the room tidy will help you avoid any distractions and be more focused on the task at hand.
I am particularly guilty of sometimes sitting down on my chair to work and discovering that actually the chair is full of clothes so I have to put them away before I begin working!
HOWEVER, this does not mean procrastinate for an hour by organising everything in your bedroom like your sock drawer because you don’t want to start your work!
Rule 2 – Have a tidy/clear desk
Your desk/tabletop/whatever you are using should be clear in order for it to be the perfect productivity area.
This is an extension of the tidy space/tidy mind thing as having clutter everywhere will just distract you and make it harder to focus.
Not only that but when you set up your area to work you should get rid of distractions like your phone and social media. This can be hard to do so there are some great apps for this like Forest or the chrome extension StayFocusd
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Rule 3 – Everything at your fingertips
When you are getting ready to work you should gather everything that you might need to work.
For me this includes
- Internet connection
- Assignment brief
The point of all this is that you don’t want to be interrupted mid-work-flow to find that you need to go to the other side of your house and get something you might need.
I actually have a draw in my desk where I keep pretty much everything I might need stationery wise and have a cupboard where all my notes and folders live. This step only takes two minutes but it is the key to creating the perfect productivity area and can save you so much time in the long run!
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Rule 4 – Light
Light helps you be productive; this is a fact.
I have set my desk up near a window so that I get natural light through the day (it’s also near my radiator since I get cold!).
Of course, this isn’t always possible and there will be times when you need to work when it is dark outside as well so you should try your best to get alternative light sources. You can have the light on in your room but I prefer softer light, so I have a lamp on the desk that I turn on as soon as it starts to be dull outside.
Rule 5 – Comfort
You should always be comfortable when you’re studying/being productive!
A good chair will never go wrong, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting at your desk! Make sure you have enough back support, it’s the right height etc.
Comfortable clothing is also a must! I’m a big fan of loungewear (jogger bottoms, gym pants etc) but not my PJ’s as I am so unproductive in my PJ’s!
You will know what you prefer but your clothing should be comfortable enough – but not so comfortable that you fall asleep!
Similarly, it has often been said that for the best productivity you shouldn’t work from your bed! I 100% agree with this and only ever do work in bed when it is something small that doesn’t take a lot of brainpower – eg I might quickly check over and edit in bed but I would never write an essay!
What do you think of these productivity area tips? Let me know in the comments