IntroductionWe all know how important it is to create a productive study environment. You need to be able to focus on your work and not on the things around you. There are some simple ways that you can create an ideal study environment for yourself, such as keeping your desk clean and organized, avoiding distractions like social media, setting limits for yourself when studying (like how long or when), taking advantage of natural light during daylight hours and focusing on the present moment through deep breathing exercises throughout the day.”
Keep your desk clean and organized.
- Clean your desk before you start studying.
- Organize the books and papers on your desk.
- Keep things in one place so that they are easy to find when you need them again. Use a caddy to hold pens, pencils, erasers and other supplies (such as highlighters).
Avoid distractions.Avoid distractions. It’s important to create an environment that is free of distractions and conducive to studying. Turn off the TV, put away your phone and shut the door if you need to. If you’re still having trouble focusing, consider using earplugs or noise cancelling headphones to make it even easier for yourself!
Have a plan in place for breaks.
- Have a plan in place for breaks.
- Take a break every hour or so.
- Don’t take too long of a break, or you’ll lose momentum and have to start all over again when you get back to studying.
- Make sure not to eat junk food while taking your break; this will make it harder for your brain to focus on the task at hand once it returns from its rest period. Also avoid spending too much time on social media during breaks; this can be distracting, especially if there is an argument going on in one of the threads that catches your attention! If possible, don’t take any breaks at all unless they’re absolutely necessary–and even then consider keeping them short so that they don’t interfere with productivity later on down the line (especially important if we’re talking about lunchtime).
Set limits for yourself.
- Set limits for yourself. It’s important to know when enough is enough, and once you’ve reached that point of exhaustion it can be hard to get back into the groove. Try setting time limits for studying and breaks so that you stay focused on getting things done efficiently. You might also want to set limits on how long you will work on a particular task before taking a break–for example, if I’m writing an essay I like working in 30 minute increments with 5 minutes of rest between each one so that my mind isn’t overwhelmed by all the information at once!
- Create a plan in advance for tackling big projects and breaking up tasks into smaller steps so they feel less overwhelming (and easier). This will help keep us motivated throughout our study sessions without being bogged down by being overwhelmed by everything we need done before we go home tonight.”
Take advantage of natural light.Natural light is better for your eyes and your mood. If you’re studying in a room where the only light source is artificial, it can be hard to keep your energy level up. That’s because natural light is more relaxing and energizing than artificial light–it helps boost serotonin levels in the brain, which makes us feel happier (and therefore more productive). Natural sunlight also has benefits for our circadian rhythms: exposure to morning sunlight helps wake us up in the morning; exposure to evening daylight helps regulate melatonin production at night so we get quality sleep (and thus feel less sleepy during the day).
Focus on the present moment and take deep breaths to stay focused and relaxed.The next time you find yourself in the middle of a particularly stressful moment, take a deep breath and focus on the present moment. This can be done by focusing on what you are studying or learning at that moment. For example, if you are reading about how to construct an essay’s thesis statement, then consider what aspect of this process has been most difficult for you so far? What aspects of writing an essay have come easily? How would someone else describe your writing style? These questions should help keep your mind focused on what matters most: completing your task at hand!
Creating a productive study environment can be as simple as getting rid of clutter and staying organized, but there are other things that you can do to help you focus on studying instead of the things around you.Creating a productive study environment can be as simple as getting rid of clutter and staying organized, but there are other things that you can do to help you focus on studying instead of the things around you.
- Get rid of clutter: Having a messy desk or room is distracting and makes it harder to find what you’re looking for when it’s time to study. Clear off your desk so there’s nothing in front of you except what’s necessary for writing or reading (like notebooks). If this still doesn’t provide enough space, consider moving some items into nearby drawers or cabinets until they’re needed again later in the semester.
- Stay organized: Keeping track of all your notes and papers will help keep them from getting lost during finals week! Label folders with dates so they’re easy to find later on down the road when someone else needs access too; then put those folders into separate boxes according to subject matter (i.e., math vs history). This way if someone wants access now but not later on down memory lane (for example), then just pull out those relevant ones without having any extra hassle accessing everything else first.”