How to Set Up Your Study Space and Habits
The beginning of your online degree is getting closer and we’re here to help you get off to a great start… and finish! COVID-19 has led to a sharp increase in Australians working and studying from home; a survey from the Australian Institute of Family Studies shows that 67% of Australians surveyed sometimes or always working from home, compared to 42% pre-pandemic. When you’re spending so much time in one space, how your study room looks and feels can influence your mood and productivity when you’re hitting the books. Having an ergonomic home office (or not) can also have a huge impact on your health in the long term. Keep reading to learn our top tips for creating a perfect home office setup and maximising your study time.
How to create an ideal home office set-up
Creating an organised study space from scratch can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow our advice to build a home office setup you’ll enjoy working in.
The first step in how to organise your study room is to surround yourself with things that will inspire you. When you’re knee-deep in course work, it makes a world of difference to be able to look up and get that hit of inspiration rather than being faced with distracting clutter. So whether it’s pictures of your family or simply your favourite pieces of stationery– make your organised study somewhere you will look forward to visiting.
Curate an ergonomic home office
Chairs are made for sitting but when it comes to studying, they’re not all created equal. It’s important not to underestimate the impact an ill-fitting chair can have on your health in the long term. While it’s tempting to pull up a dining chair, consider posture as well as comfort when selecting your study seat. An online degree will demand its fair share of study sessions, so make sure you’ve chosen a seating arrangement that won’t leave you with a sore neck or back.
Study methods to improve productivity
In the wake of lockdowns and long periods of working from home, staying focused has become a challenge for many. Here’s how to maximise your productivity at home:
Stay connected, not distracted
While having ready access to online research tools and study aids is critical for any student, try to stick to the essentials. According to a study from the scholarly journal Computers in Human Behaviour, having a smartphone present during lectures reduces attention and information retention. To enhance your learning, keep your smartphone outside your study room and avoid having any chat apps or social media open in your browser. It’s these little intrusions that can steal your attention and sap your productivity without you even realising the extent of their impact.
Try the Pomodoro technique
The perfect study space is not just about the right place; it’s also about the right time. With your plate full of competing responsibilities, it’s important to establish guidelines for when and how long you spend studying.
The Pomodoro method is a time management technique designed by Francesco Cirillo. Forbes reports that the Pomodoro method is both popular and effective because it calls for short, achievable bursts of intense focus. Proponents of this technique study by choosing a single task and setting a timer for between 25 and 30 minutes. You focus on the task until the timer goes off, then take a short break before repeating up to four times. This cycle will help you to be as productive as possible every time you sit down in your study room.
Don’t get too comfortable
At first, this might seem to contradict all the other points but it’s worth remembering that there’s a fine line between being comfortable and falling asleep in your cosy home office setup! Being equipped with inspiration, proper seating and the right time management tools is vital but try to cut back on the creature comforts like snacks. The best study setups encourage you to keep focused, so leave the luxuries as rewards after a successful study session to help keep up motivation.
Studying a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration Online from Griffith University gives you the flexibility to upskill while working from home. For more help with your study set-up and courses, you can book a one-on-one call with one of our expert advisors or call us on 1300 737 945.