Studying from home can prove hard sometimes as it’s much easier to get distracted. However, you can definitely make your studying from home routine much easier by following these 7 simple tips!
Create a Timetable
Creating a timetable is a great way to keep on track and not get distracted during your study hours. Divide your day up into the hours you want to spend working and then allocate each bit of work across this time. It’s also important to include breaks in your timetable which brings me onto the next point…
If you work for a long time without taking a break, your brain will struggle to process and remember this information as it can only take in a certain amount at a time. It’s also important to get up and stretch your legs so that you’re not sat at a desk for the whole day! It is recommended to get up and have a little walk around or stretch every 30 minutes.
For the times in your day when you want a longer break, a great idea is to go for a walk, or do some other form of exercise. Check out our blog post all about how to stay active at home here.
Set up a Study Area
Before you start working, set up a designated study area so that you can separate your work life from your home life. If possible, keep this area outside of your bedroom. If you’re lucky enough to have a desk, make use of this space but if not, any surface where you can sit comfortably is good enough! Make sure you have everything you need at your desk and keep the things which will distract you away.
Keep Hydrated and Eat Well
Staying hydrated is absolutely key to being productive! It’s easy to forget so a good tip is to always keep your water topped up by your workstation, so that you can drink water throughout the day while you work. If you’re the kind of person who forgets to drink water, there are lots of useful apps out there, including ones which remind you to drink water!
Equally, it’s important to make sure you eat properly throughout the day, rather than trying to power through, fuelled on unhealthy snacks. This will make you feel much more tired and sluggish than if you were to eat a well-balanced diet with healthy snacks.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is so important for being able to function well the next day, so it’s a good idea to stick to your usual bedtime routine and ensure you’re getting a good amount of sleep each night. A good way to do this is by having a consistent routine each night rather than changing it up each time. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night to be able to function at their best the following day.
Use Your Social Support System
In a time where we can’t necessarily go and visit our friends, peers and tutors, it’s important to remember that lots of great technology exists! Reach out to your social support system through messages, phone calls, video calls and more – be creative! There are lots of great tools for this, so whether it’s a work related call or just a general chat while you work, make the most of the technology and resources available.
When studying from home, it’s so easy to spend the day in your pyjamas, but getting dressed as you would for your normal routine increases your productivity by a mile! Now, this doesn’t mean you need to get dressed up in a suit (although you’re more than welcome to), but simply getting ready as if you were leaving the house makes a huge difference.