Studying at home is very convenient. It saves you time and money since you wouldn’t have to travel to go to school. You wouldn’t be pressured into waking up early to get ready since you will just be in the comfort of your own home. While studying at home may be very convenient, it may not be that efficient since it is so easy to get side-tracked. There are a lot of distractions in your home like the television, phone, or bed that it is so tempting to put down what you’re studying. Next thing you know, it’s the end of the day, and you haven’t accomplished anything. So how do you ensure that you stay productive while studying at home?
1. Create Your Study Space
When studying at home, delegate a place in your home where it is just strictly for studying. Make sure that that place is quiet enough so you wouldn’t be easily distracted. Having a clean and organized area for studying can boost productivity. This is also a great way to create a boundary between places which is just for relaxation and just for studying. If possible, don’t place your study area near your bed or in your room. In that way, you wouldn’t be tempted to lie down on your bed when studying, and you wouldn’t have to be reminded of your schoolwork when you are relaxing.
2. Follow a Schedule
One of the main reasons why students tend to be unproductive at home is that they think they have all the time in the world. We tend to oversleep when we have nowhere else to go. The best way to stay productive is to set a time where you are just going to study. Allot eight hours for studying. Set the alarm for when you are going to start studying and when you will stop. Following a school-like schedule is efficient since you would be conditioning your brain and body to function as if they are in school, but then if you’re one of the students who are asleep in class because they’re not a morning person, then you could choose a time of day where your brain is functioning at its best. There’s no point in forcing yourself to study at eight in the morning if you’re trying so hard to stay awake.
3. Make a Checklist
Just like following a schedule, making a checklist about the things that you need to accomplish for the day is also a great way to stay on track. A checklist can condition your brain to be productive since you would be able to visualize all the things that you need to do. Plus, it is rewarding to check something off your list once you’ve accomplished it. It is also very motivating to see your list getting smaller and smaller as you continue to check things off. Keep in mind that when making a checklist, only put in things that are realistic to finish in one day. Don’t list down fifteen items if they are impossible to accomplish within the day. It will only stress you out rather than motivate you.
4. Get Ready
Staying in your pyjamas while studying can be so fun and chill, but being too comfortable can sometimes cause you to be lazy. Getting ready for the day like showering and wearing something nice conditions your mind to be more determined to get things done for the day. This can change your chill mindset into a productive mindset. So when you are going to study, prepare a few minutes before your scheduled study time. As simple as taking a shower, brushing your teeth, and wearing clothes that you would normally wear in school can make you feel refreshed and ready to tackle your work for the day.
5. Take A Break
Like in school, you are still entitled to take breaks in between. The plus side of studying at home is that you will have the comfort of taking breaks when you feel like your brain is on the verge of exploding. Take breaks in between your study sessions to refresh your mind. You simply cannot study eight hours straight without taking some time off. Remember that your brain gets tired too, and if you don’t let it rest. It will be harder for you to absorb all the information that you are getting. An efficient way to be productive without being burnt out is to set time limits. You could do the 50-10 rule where you allot 50 minutes of study time and 10 minutes of rest after. Then go back to studying for 50 minutes and so on. Don’t just strictly follow the 50-10 rule. Adjust your time limits to what you think works best for you. Time limits can help you remember that you have to take rests in between and to remind you that you have to get back to studying too.
6. Coordinate with Your Family
One of the biggest distractions that you may have is your family. There are times that you are at the perfect pace when studying, then your mom calls you to do the laundry or wash the dishes. And suddenly you are no longer in the study zone. Coordinating with your family is a way to avoid these situations. Talk to them when you plan on studying and maybe have a scheduled date that you can allot for chores. Making them aware that you are going to study will lessen your distractions.
Studying at home can still be productive as long as you find your groove. Find the most efficient way for you to study. If you’re one of those people who study well in coffee shops, then create a place in your home that will give you a coffee shop vibe. Maybe brew some coffee and play some light music. There’s no right or wrong way on how to study at home. It’s up to you to find which tips work best for you.