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How to create the perfect place for study

A home is a place for families and for study… it’s just a quiet corner of a room, is it not? The home is a familiar place, full of our favourite things.
Our home is also a place for study, so we need to do what we can to make that space the most comfortable and productive that it can be. Without one, you might be distracted, less motivated, and fail to work to the best of your ability.

Get rid of distractions.

We can begin by removing, where we can, anything that might distract us from our reading and study. Put your mobile to one side along with anything else that has a screen which competes with the one through which you study. Or set your phone to silent. Phone notifications trigger potentially addictive chemical stimuli in the brain. Log out of entertainment sites; switch game systems off.

Study apps

Are you guilty of the following?

Sitting at your desk, promising yourself you’ll get lots of done – and then, almost without realising, tearing through hours of browsing, updating, liking, following, checking and playing on any website other than one that may be relevant to your studies?
If so, you might want to install a study app that allows you to limit the time spent on non-essential websites. Some apps allow you to allocate minutes or hours to social internet usage and then – as soon as you’ve reached that limit – the apps kick you off the offending sites for the rest of the day.

Soundproofing

Where possible, try to find the best place that will provide some quiet that will allow you to focus on your reading or why not try wearing headphones or creating a sound that runs in the background and cancels intrusive noises. Things that can do the trick include electric fans, dehumidifiers and playlists of gentle instrumental music. Or use a white noise app such as White Noise or the ambient sound site Coffitivity.

Decluttering

Try to keep your study place as organised and free from unnecessary clutter. Keep organised; a tidy study space can be a more effective study space.

Temperature, colour and lighting are important.

Work at a comfortable temperature. Use a fan if you’re too hot and open windows, so air flows through your room. Wrap up and have a warm drink if it’s chilly and you can’t easily increase room temperature.
It’s harder to focus when your lights are too dim. Some people prefer artificial light or a mix of natural and artificial light, although it’s generally considered that having a desk near a window is best.
If that’s not possible, you can approximate daylight by ensuring your overhead light bulbs are “cool white”. Use in conjunction with a tabletop lamp.

Keeping comfortable

It is important that we try to keep as comfortable as we can whilst we study. Keep the best posture that you can when sitting at your desk or table. Adjust your chair, so it supports your lower back, and so you can use a keyboard with your wrists and forearms straight and level with the floor. Your elbows should be by the side of your body with your arms creating L-shapes at their joints. Your knees should be slightly lower than your hips. Your feet should be flat on the floor. If they’re not, you can use a footrest.
Place your screen directly in front around an arm’s length away and at eye level. Use a monitor stand if required. Make sure there’s approximately 100mm-150mm at the front of your desk to rest your wrists between typing. If you are not sitting at a desk, try to ensure that you are not sitting in the one position for too long. Use your breaks between reading to stand up and move around.

And finally

Take regular breaks and drink plenty – so you’re not dehydrated.

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