How to Create A Productive Study Or Work Space At Home

Everyone needs some space at home to focus on projects and work on ideas. But when this area happens to be right in the middle of a busy den or a crowded bedroom, you could have a hard time concentrating.



This is why a small nook or workspace can do wonders for your productivity. In fact, there are many tips you can use to get the most out of your home work station.

Here are some of them.

Minimize Distractions

You may convince yourself that you can work through distractions however a work area with a lot of foot traffic isn’t going to do you much good when you’re really trying to focus. It’s better for your productivity if you detach yourself from the day-to-day traffic and activity of the rest of your household. If you don’t have an available spare room, you can get the same environment in a corner desk or table—just position a bookshelf or set of drawers around your work area to reinforce your boundaries.

Don't Skimp on Storage Space

Even if many parts of our workday are now handled digitally, some items have a way of piling up. Staplers, papers, textbooks—they all clutter your space, and when there’s excess clutter, your concentration will suffer. Investing in a shelving console or set of drawers will serve you well. You can even purchase floating filing cabinets or install built-in shelves around your desk if space is an issue.

Get (A Little) Comfortable

A little comfort goes a long way. Don’t forget a personal touch can do wonders for your work space. Plants, cushions, or a novelty lamp can make the environment a little interesting and a lot more personal. In fact, a few thought-stimulating items, like a desk toy or some photography books, can help you redirect your thinking when you’re feeling stuck.

Add Plants, Sunlight, and Other Natural Elements

Having a plant or two around—or a large window with a view—reduces stress and makes you feel more at ease in your space. And the less stressed you are, more chances of you finishing that big paper or acing that test. Opt for plants like peace lilies, spider plants, Boston ferns, that do well in low light and simultaneously purify the air.

Give Yourself Some Light

It’s hard to think about doing anything that requires focus in a space that’s dim, dark, and dreary. If your work area could use a little boost in the lighting department, there’s nothing wrong with purchasing a few extra lamps. In particular, most people do well when they have access to both strong overhead lights, and spotlighting for reading and other eye-intensive tasks. Additionally, you’ll probably find you’re more productive if you use bulbs in cool white colors, since these reduce melanin production, making you less sleepy while you work.

With smart organizing, your study or work area will be the textbook definition of productivity. Best of luck with your work, both at school/office and home!

Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner.  She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize.com, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

 

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