It is much easier to concentrate when your study space is well organised. A clear desk leads to a clear mind. Here are ten smart tips for organising your study space.
1. Get A Mini Fridge
Sometimes you get hungry when you are studying, but going to your kitchen is a bad idea. It is way too easy to get distracted this way. Maybe your flatmate is watching TV, or everyone is hanging out at the dinner table together. Before you know it, you’ve wasted an hour chatting. Instead, get yourself a mini fridge for your room. This will allow you to snack without leaving the room.
2. Use A Wall Planner
Hang a wall planner behind your desk and use it every day. Plan your week on it. Write a note of what you need to work on each day and stick to it. This will ensure you know what you are doing, rather than aimlessly picking up tasks only to put them down again unfinished.
3. Make Drawer Dividers
Drawer dividers are super easy to create and can be made out of old cereal boxes. Cut your box into chunks and fold them up. These can then be slotted into your drawers in order to keep all your stationery and other bits and pieces apart. This will make it easier to find what you are looking for, and will stop your drawer from becoming an unruly mess.
4. Label Your Plugs
It is likely that your desk will have a lot of different cables under it. Whether it is your phone, tablet, laptop, or desk lamp, those cables will very quickly become a tangled heap. To keep track of what they are all attached to, get some labels and place them on the cable or the plug. This way, when you need to use them in the future, you won’t have to spend ages unraveling the wires to find the one you need.
5. Get A To-Do List Pad
To-do lists are so useful and you need one for your desk. Keep this next to you so you can easily jot notes down and refer to them whilst you work. As you progress through the day, you can tick off the tasks you have completed. This will make it easy to see what you still have to work on, and give you a sense of achievement when you realise how much work you have done.
6. Create A System For Your Bookcase
Everyone has a different way of organising their books. Some people like them to be alphabetical order, some have them split by genre, and some just pile them up wherever there is space. That last one is exactly what you should not do. Finding books is much easier and faster when you have a system in place. Find one that works for you and use it religiously. It will make your life simpler.
7. Colour Coordinate Your Filing
Nobody enjoys filing, but it makes finding the papers you need so much quicker. Colour coordinating your files will mean you can see at a glance exactly what it is that you need. It will also make your files look fun and colourful which will boost your energy for studying!
8. Get Some Roller Kitchen Trolleys
This is a very specific and odd suggestion, but you should definitely take note of it. Kitchen trolleys with wheels are perfect for when you are studying as you can push them around the room. Get a few and load them up with the items you need for each class, then you can pull them over to your desk as and when you need them. This will keep your room tidy.
9. Move Knick-Knacks Away From Your Desk
If you are anything like me, you probably have a lot of random knick-knacks and photos cluttering up your desk. Whilst this does add some personal flair to your study space, it also creates unnecessary distractions and reduces the space you have to actually use for studying. As such, you should move these items away from your desk. Build a new shelf for them if you have to, but do not let them back into your study space.
10. Scrap The Post-It Notes
We all love Post-It notes but they are not useful in an organised study space. Covering your wall in colourful squares of paper will soon become overwhelming. If you leave them there for any length of time, your brain will become so accustomed to seeing them that it will stop acknowledging the information. If you need to write important notes, put them in a notebook or scribble them on your study papers. This will force your brain to take notice of them.