How to find a balance of work, study and comfort at home without getting too comfortable
Studying from home can be both a blessing and a curse, you cut out travel time but your studying day can be eaten away with distractions. You might think it’s the perfect time to vacuum the house, or clean up the kitchen, both very productive chores. The danger of distractions is that you will have no time left for the study you are supposed to be doing, or that you’ve spent so long with draining household work, you’re no longer in the best headspace for the tasks you are meant to me ticking off.
If you organise yourself well enough, you will be able to get the most out of your day at home. Here’s how to not get too comfortable…
- Have a schedule and STICK TO IT
Make sure you’ve organised your allotted study hours the day before. They don’t have to be 9-5, give yourself an hour and start at 10. Organising your start time will have you up and ready to get stuff done! Writing a schedule of specific tasks will help your productivity too, by holding you accountable of finishing tasks on time. This will help you to reach small goals through the workday and ensure you’ve done what you set out to do.
- Dress the Part
Studying from home does not mean you get to stay in your pyjamas, as tempting as that might sound. Your productivity levels will drop if you’re in your couch clothes. This doesn’t mean you need to wear a suit either. Make sure you’re up, shower and get dressed, it will put you in a better headspace to get stuff done.
- Have a dedicated work space
Whether it’s your own private office, or whether you’ve commandeered the kitchen table for today, having a workspace or study space will help you stick to your task. Sitting up in bed doesn’t count! Also make sure there aren’t any distractions in your work space, the cleaner the better, so you won’t be tempted to clean and to avoid the sense of mental clutter that can be caused by a chaotic workspace.
- Minimise distractions
Stop procrastinating. Put your phone in another room, switch your data off, do what you have to so you don’t end up endlessly scrolling through Facebook videos. Don’t have Facebook up on your computer either. Digital distractions are the worst and the most common, as quite a few jobs rely on contact through social media. Make sure if anyone else is home, they know you are working, which means you are off limits and probably shouldn’t go for brunch.