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Have you ever sat down to study, only to be distracted by noise or some other annoying thing? Do you ever find that the lighting in your study environment is just a little bit too dark – or maybe a little bit too bright? These things (along with many others) can distract us a lot when we are studying. This is because these factors can influence our focus, and they can make it difficult for us to study.
Studying requires focus and concentration – but when your study environment isn’t designed in a way that will help you, that focus and concentration will simply go POOF!
Here are my tips that will help you create the perfect studying environment!
Find a quiet environment (or time)
Loud noises can pick at our curiosity enough to make us stop and think what they are about. Even small noises can be detrimental to our focus. Loud distractions like music or TV are even worse because they bring our focus completely to them.
So, you have two options :
1 – You find a quiet space (e.g. a library or your bedroom) where you will not be disturbed.
2 – You study at a quiet time (e.g. first thing in the morning before the rest of your family gets up – I personally do my most important work in-between 5-6 am on a school day and 6-8 am at the weekend).
Or you could use these two options together and create the most quiet space possible!
What colour desk do you have?
Now this might seem silly, but you need to understand that the colour of your desk can influence how you work.
For example, I believe I work best on white desk, because at school (let’s say we’re learning maths) the desks are either grey or brown and I don’t work as well (granted I do sit next to my friends in lots of lessons so that’s a factor I have to add in). However, if I were to come home and do the exercises that we did in class on my white desk, I would do them 10 times quicker and more efficiently.
Distractions are the best thing in the whole world if you want to destroy your focus! Just make sure your phone is at full volume and all your notifications are coming through, play some loud music and you’ve got yourself a distraction-full zone!
Oh wait, but we don’t want distractions? Okay – put your phone on silent, do not disturb and air plane mode (my phone is on air plane mode whilst I’m writing this!).
If there are little noises that are going to distract you, use noise cancelling headphones (or you could use regular headphones and listen to brown noise through them. (Brown noise is SOO much better than white noise when you want no distractions!)
You should have a distraction free environment.
Organise your space
A tidy space equals a tidy mind. I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve heard that over the past few years. But it’s true – if you’re study space is messy, how do you expect to be focused. Something around you will prick your interest every five seconds.
Folders are useful for keeping your notes organised, but that’s not all you need to do.
Organising your space is part of eliminating your distractions. Clutter creates distractions, so a clutter free area is a mostly distraction free area.
Lets say that you started studying at 5pm. It was bright outside when you started studying, so you didn’t need to turn any lights on. However, over the next few hours it got darker and darker until you could barely see anything! Oops!
I do this all the time – and most of the time I don’t realise that it’s dark until I take a break and see that the curtains all around my house are pulled shut. The important thing is that you check your lighting. You should do this every time you take a break (which should be a consistent thing).
Bad lighting causes eye strain and fatigue, not to mention that you won’t be able to see what you’re doing!
Most people talk about lamps, but I don’t see the point of them if you’re study room (whether it be your bedroom or somewhere else) has an overhead light. This will give your environment proper lighting.
Choose comfortable seating
Get this – you just bought the most deluxe chair ever, it’s so warm and furry, and the back of the chair is tall enough that you might.. just… fall…. asleep.
Okay, so you don’t want a chair that comfortable, but you want something that isn’t going to make you want to have a different chair. (The best way to decide on a chair is to sit in it and think – would you want a different chair?)
An uncomfortable chair can be a big distraction! A good chair will help you maintain good posture (which is a win for me – I’m all about my posture), and it will allow you to focus on your work without thinking too much about the chair.
Only use this environment for studying
So, in a perfect world you would have a separate room for sleeping, get dressed, studying and relaxing.
Now, I’m lucky enough to have my own room, with a separate bed, desk and wardrobe. This means I don’t need to work on my bed (which – if I did study there – would mean that my brain would stop associating my bed with sleep) but I don’t have separate desks for studying, drawing, blogging, etc.
This means that my desk is just my workspace. I never read fiction, watch TikTok or YouTube at my desk. My desk is for working.
Your brain will associate any environment with what you do there – so keeping your desk purely for working is a good idea.
(Fun Fact about me – I deleted TikTok four months after downloading because of the decrease I saw in my productivity and overall well being.)
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