Many distractions come with learning from home expecially during this pandemic where everyone seems to be at home and many need to work or learn from home. Here are 6 simple hacks to setting up a learning space at home.
- Choose a location based on your learning preferences. If you prefer silence, a spare room or your bedroom could be good options. If you enjoy some background noise, consider choosing a spot in the kitchen or near your office if you’re working from home. If there are several location options, you can have yourself try each one to see which works best for you.
- Eliminate distractions. Turn off your phone and social media when learning, and have the TV off as well. You may want to check out apps and tools that can help eliminate distractions like freedom.to, Stayfocusd, Dewo, or SelfControl. You can experiment with playing instrumental music to block other sounds or to break the silence. Some find this helpful and others do not.
- Make it comfortable—but not too comfortable. Choose a chair that you can comfortably sit in for long periods of time, and ensure they have a desk or other flat surface that can accommodate books, laptops, and other learning supplies. Note: we do not recommend using a bed as learning space; you don’t want to fall asleep in the middle of your classes! Also, doing things besides sleeping in bed can lead to trouble falling and staying asleep at bedtime.
- Ensure the learning space has good lighting. This can include natural lighting from windows or light from lamps.
- Have all learning supplies—pencils, paper, calculators, for example—easily accessible in your learning space. Encourage yourself to keep your space organized and clutter-free.
- Encourage yourself to personalize your learning space by adding decorations, artwork, or anything else that might help them to stay motivated and be inspired.
- If possible, the learning space should only be used for learning; this includes attending classes, doing homework, studying, for example. If this is not possible, and you’ll be using a shared or multipurpose space, do what you can to notify yourself when it is time for a class. Clear away all other materials from that space.