Are you finding it hard to focus? Getting stressed when you’re trying to study? You might want to assess your working environment at home. Carve an afternoon or two out of your schedule to revamp your workspace and get your head back in the game.
Sort out what you currently have
Look at your workspace and start simple. Try taking three boxes and sorting out your stuff into things you need to work, things you don’t need but would like to keep and things to throw away. Relocate the unnecessary things, throw others away and then neatly arrange the necessities on your desk.
If you want to overhaul more than your desk or if you want to understand more about maintaining a clean environment, check out Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Organise the things you need
Maybe you have a small mountain of paperclips now or a about a hundred pencils. Get desktop organisers to store everything neatly. Muji
is a great place to start, with an extensive selection of acrylic storage solutions. Having a set place for everything will make them easier to find.
If it makes you feel uninspired, decorate!
If the starkness after your cleanup bores you or you already have a very plain space, introduce some colourful decorations or pictures that make you feel inspired. Prints or photos to hang on the wall are great because they are unobtrusive. A plant could make your space more welcoming. Or a functional item like playful stationary is also a great choice.
If possible, get some natural light
This might require moving furniture if your desk is currently in a sunless place but the effort would be well worth it. Working in natural light, or indeed getting as much natural light as possible, has been proven to boost productivity and result in better sleep.
Remember that everyone works in different ways
With the fidget spinner’s explosion in popularity, many people may scoff and dismiss it as frivolous. But the fidget spinner is not the only option for kinesthetic learners, those who need to be physically occupied to best retain information, or people with ADHD. Having something to mindlessly fiddle with could help with concentration and reduce restlessness, but if you find it distracting, it’s probably best you skip them.
Play around with what works for you. Will you never procrastinate another minute in your life if you have your perfect workspace? Probably not. But it will make unpleasant tasks seem much more bearable if you can focus more on your work and less on unearthing your eraser from a pile of old school papers.
By Patricia Moltzen