How to Create an Effective Study Space

Many of us have fallen into the trap of lying in bed with our laptops believing that this is a position to help us effectively “study.” While this may work for some, you should consider updating your space to maximize your time. The helpful advice in this article will teach you how to set up a personalized workspace at home to improve focus, quality, and comfort while studying!



1. Create that Perfect Clutter-Free Space



Stress can arise when there are distractions around you that encourage you to procrastinate. At your table or desk, having a clean workspace with minimal disturbances will benefit you and your precious time. Lay out your work essentials, such as a notebook, computer, writing utensil, or calculator. Keep the items in functioning order. For example, if you have many writing utensils, keep them at the corner of your desk or in an appropriate cubby.



2. Desire that Distraction-Free Environment



Minimizing distractions is key to setting up an effective study space. Realize that even the multiple tabs on your computer are reducing your attention span while studying. Write a list of exactly what distracts you from studying. Here are some items you should avoid:

  • Your phone

  • High number of tabs open

  • Unnecessary food

  • Gaming sites

  • Peers, unless they are a part of your study group

  • Other work not needing for study session

Keep yourself in check and get rid of distractions that are only consuming your time!



3. Let the Sun Shine Through



Humans unfortunately do not have night vision, so why have your study space dark? If able, try to find a space with natural sunlight shining through. The right amount of light for you can reduce eye strain and headaches, but also boost productivity! True focus comes from direct sunlight or lamp light beaming on your paper study materials.



4. A Dash of Personalization



Plants, pictures, and action figures are all acceptable items to make your study workspace more personalized. Make sure they are located away from your primary area and if they make it too overwhelming, find another area to put them! Subtle reminders of what makes you who you are are a good mood booster and further enhances comfort.



5. Control Your Comfort



Comfort in your study space will help you feel calm and relaxed before making your to-do list. Do you have a chair that is too tough? Well, add a cushion to be in a better position. Does your neck hurt from sitting at the computer? Maintain the correct posture by leveling out the computer screen, keeping your shoulders back and relaxed, and your knees bent at 90-degrees.



Now that you have discovered the five steps for your newfound success, never forget your progress. It’s all about what works for you, so trial and error is highly recommended. What viewpoints about effective study spaces have changed and what will you do next for your success?


By Izzy McIlvenna