Dorm rooms are great escapes for things like naps, and make-shift study parties. In fact, our dorm rooms get so comfy that sometimes we forget that we have to live, and more importantly, work there too. So as fun as the popcorn pop quizzes and movie night mosh pits are, we need to make room for the books. So let’s buckle down and figure out the best way to make a functional workspace out of your humble abode away from home.
First things first… DECLUTTER that desk of yours!
Make sure to purge all of your old, used spirals and notebooks and get ride of any papers and flyers you no longer need. Nothing screams “study buzz kill” like old paperwork you can’t remember if you need or not! Is this assignment due? Or is this one? Where did that form come from? Who knows! Save yourself the stress and just don’t go there!
Second, prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!
What are your staple study savers that you need close by at all times? What are your absolute must haves? Can you conveniently plug in your laptop charger? Do you have enough light? Where are your pens? Do you even have pens? The real key to a functional workspace is making sure the space is working for you just as hard as you are working on your work. If you can’t access your study tools, the space is doomed to fail. It might be time to rearrange and redesign the feng shui of the room. Try your desk in a new spot, or flip your bed the other way— whatever it takes to make the light ample, and the cords reach! But also keep in mind you have to comfortably live and study so make the necessary changes with a grain of both salt and practicality.
Third tip’s the charm! Organize your space
So you’ve taken the time to consider the feng shui so now it’s time to cross your T’s and dot your I’s. Is your stuff where it needs to be? I’m famous for the “junk drawer”— the throwing everything that doesn’t go somewhere else into one spot never to be seen again— which includes bobby pins, loose change, paperwork, hair ties, and even candy! I wouldn’t recommend a junk drawer. Besides being messy, they are incredibly inconvenient and swallow just about anything you decide to place within it. Instead, invest in proper organization like file folders, desk caddys, binders, penholders—the options are endless! Every store under the sun now carries cute, affordable organization knick knacks so don’t hold back! Channel your inner nerdiness and get smart with your study stuff—your assignments (and your room) will thank you!
Fourth and finally, disconnect!
Regardless of your study space it’s important to remember that distractions won’t turn themselves off. You need to make yourself and your space as comfortable as possible. When you are studying turn off your distractions and try to pry yourself away from Facebook and twitter and really focus. Then take a break and distress—grab some ice cream, or some cookies and watch a few episodes of Internet TV. When you shut off and disconnect and really buckle down your can reward yourself later with treats, and hopefully, higher grades!
All these tips combined and a touch of determination will help you not only maximize the functionality of any space, but will also help you reach your super focused study potential!
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