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Whether your learning space is for study or work, having an effective study space is vital for achieving your desired goals. Procrastination costs firms in the UK around £76 billion each year, as well as robbing us of our best efforts.

One way to reduce the likelihood of procrastination is to optimise your work space. Whether you’re studying to gain new skills or putting old ones to work, the right space can be a huge support.

Let’s explore the best ways to refine your work space.

The personal touch

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A little personal touch to your study space can help motivate and encourage you. Family photos and postcards of your favourite quotes are both great visuals that can help get your creative juices flowing.

The power of green

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Greenery in the workplace can offer a wonderful boost. Flowering plants are great ways to increase our concentration levels and lower the sensation of stress. The likes of ferns clean our air space, while the snake plant also cleans up toxins. Succulents such as a cactus are also a useful addition to your space for decoration purposes as they don’t take a lot of looking after. Plant a few seeds in a pot and not only will you be adding to your work space, but you’ll be able to see another task bloom!

Natural light

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The digital age has seen the rise of artificial light from screens and monitors. Natural light is an amazing way to counteract any effects of sitting in front of an artificially-lit computer screen. It is also known to enhance our mood by increasing our happiness. This is because natural sunlight is a great source of vitamin D. Without this, some people experience seasonal affective disorder. By being exposed to natural sunlight, you will also have a sense of contentment thanks to the production of vitamin D.

Also, a well-lit room is noted to foster analytical thought and critical thinking.


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Nothing is more distracting than a mess. It’s not a coincidence that a clear desk can represent a clear mind. By ensuring that your workspace is free of unnecessary distractions, you are more likely to remain focused on the task at hand. You can do this by having a bin within reach, setting up a physical inbox for your papers, and scheduling regular cleaning times.

Be bold!

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Don’t be afraid of adding colours to your work space. Red has been linked to boosting how alert we are. It’s looked upon as the ‘colour of passion’. Elsewhere, blue can help us generate ideas and keeps us focused on the task at hand, while green helps avoid eye fatigue and stay efficient.  If you were looking to keep stress levels to a minimum, you should look to include white or beige as this can have a calming effect.

Employ sound

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This can be different for different people. While some people work best in silence, others prefer a bit of background noise. Everyone benefits in their own way. Either way, a good set of headphones could be the ideal solution as they can either block out the tones around you or provide the tunes/podcasts best suited to keeping you productive. Other low-level noise could distract you from your studying or work and have a negative effect.

A good place to start is classical music. Italian researchers found that this genre can significantly enhance your working memory performance, while research in the Journal of Consumer Research also found that a moderate level of ambient noise can benefit our creative senses.

There’s no right or wrong way to create your space. In the end, each of us learns in a different way, but by following the above steps, you will set yourself up nicely to succeed in your end goal and boost your productivity levels.

We’re very proud to bring you this post in association with Dobies. For more inspiration for your home, please pay a visit to our interiors page.


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