Studying (or even working) at home is becoming the norm for the foreseeable future for a lot of people, including myself. It can be something a lot of us struggle to do for many reasons such as distraction, lack of motivation, etc. Here’s a few things you can do to make it easier.
Plan what you’re going to do with your days so you aren’t sat around each morning wondering what to do. Try and structure your days as much as possible, writing down everything you want to get done that day and tick it off as you go.
This will help you stay on track, and also means that you aren’t brushing off the things that may be a little more difficult to get done.
It’s easier said than done, but we have distraction all around us, from our phones to our laptops which we may need to study on. It’s so easy to get distracted. There are apps out there such as Forest to prevent distraction from your phone. You can set a timer and a tree will start growing, you leave the app and the tree dies.
It’s a great way to keep you off your phone. Try other methods too, like studying for an hour then having a 15 minute break. Find what works best for you!
The most important thing when it comes to actually getting some work done at home. You must have self-discipline. It can be extremely difficult, but it needs to be imposed for you to be productive.
Set yourself some solid work hours, and when you’ll have breaks. For example, I typically try to start studying at 9, have a break at 12 for an hour and then finish for the day at 5. This isn’t always the case, but it allows you to create a routine which you’ll soon adjust to. Set time aside for your chores and any other activities you’d like to do, but try to keep working within your normal working hours at home.
Bringing your work into your home can be extremely difficult, especially when it comes to having that work-life balance. Create a personal space which is strictly for studying, such as the dining room table or your desk.
Keep your space tidy and organised. This will prevent you burning out, and will also allow you to separate your work from other aspects of your life.
The final tip, take care of your health. Mental and physical health are important, and working from home can affect both of these. Ensure you’re getting out of the house (if you can), going for walks and getting some fresh air.
It’s also okay to take a bit of time out from studying to look after yourself, so never feel guilty for prioritising your health. Take some time to just binge watching Netflix, do some baking, or something you love.
I hope everyone is taking care of themselves during such an uncertain time, and I’m sending my best wishes to everyone.