There’s a lot to do when you are a student – there’s your studies and your extracurricular activities, social events as well as simply spending some time recharging. This means that you need to be your most productive self when possible. But can a tidy room make a difference to how productive you are?
Getting the right space
One of the reasons that many students choose to club together and rent a larger property is that it means everyone can have their own bedroom and therefore their own dedicated space. For some, this is the perfect way to be their most productive – shut the door and keep the world out while you concentrate on studying. You can then enjoy the communal areas such as the kitchen and living room when socialising afterwards.
But just having the space to study and work doesn’t guarantee that you will make the most of it. So how can you ensure that your room is conducive to the best possible work?
Kill the clutter
Some people say that they need a messy space in order to work best, but for the majority of us being tidy and organised has a number of benefits.
- Less stress
One study by the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that people who described their rooms as cluttered or full of unfinished projects were more stressed and fatigued than those who felt their space was restful and restorative. This means that something as simple as using letter trays to file all our paperwork and folders to keep everything in order on the desk can reduce stress and make you more productive.
- Eat better
If you take some meals in your room, having a clear space in which to eat encourages you to do just that – rather than grabbing a bar of chocolate or an energy drink to cure your hunger. By being organised and tidy, it is easier to put things to one side and create that spot to eat.
- Less distractions
Having a tidy bedroom can mean there are fewer distractions in the space and this helps you concentrate on the project at hand. If you have the latest issue of your favourite magazine on the desk or a book you have been reading, there’s always the temptation to read a few pages. But if the only things on your desk are the relevant work you need to do, you will focus your attention on it.
Creating the right environment
Subtle things can also help make a room more productive. Once you have made the space tidy, make sure you let plenty of natural light in – so don’t keep the blinds or curtains shut during the day. Natural light boosts productivity and also makes you feel better – and if it is a nice day, open the windows too.
Furnishing your room with little touches that make you smile, will help you be more organised. For starters, it is more motivating to keep the room tidy when it looks nice and has nice things in it. Using anything from nice stationary to a bold wall planner to organise your life can all keep you doing what you need to do, and reduce that stress.
Hopefully you will find that these tips will make you more productive, and make your home a nicer place to live.