It’s been a tough week. All of us have been ill and not much fun to be around. Big J has had to work from home while I’ve had to study and we’ve had to juggle conference calls around a very loud toddler. It’s times like these that I find having my study space so important. It’s the one space in the house that I can truly call mine. No one else uses it or is allowed near it and I like to fill the surrounding walls with things to inspire me. My wall is filled with inspiring images, my desk is stacked with books and papers and I have an old lamp base which I use as a holder for my red cloche (hat) that I just love. All these things make me happy and are conducive to helping me focus. Here are some practical things that can help you to create your perfect study/work space:
- Work with your habits. Do you need peace and quiet? Do you like to listen to music? Do you need background noise? Answering these questions can help you to determine the location of where your area should be. For example, I need a quiet area when I study, but Big J isn’t as fussed. Therefore my desk is upstairs in our bedroom and his desk is downstairs in the open plan space.
- Create a space that is only used for your study or work – it’s easier to leave and come back to if you don’t have to pack it all up
- Make your area as comfortable as possible. Get a comfy chair, get the temperature of the room right and make sure that there is enough task lighting and/or natural light for you to do your work
- Surround yourself with things that inspire and motivate you – I have a mood board on my wall above my desk and motivational quotes to help with perspective when I get frustrated or am feeling unmotivated.
I hope this has inspired you to create or update your own work/study space. Have a lovely Thursday, till tomorrow!