Having a dedicated place for study always been beneficial for me. After I finished my college, I started my writing career as well as my upsc preparation. It worked well for first 5 months. Because in the beginning, I’am very excited to start something new on my own. So, that excitement kept me to do my work enthusiastically.
But as months pass away my excitement faded. I have no idea, I’am doing very well.
But I started to say,
“I’m sick of this.”
“I hate this.”
“Can’t stand it!”
My motivation sucked, I decided to consult a mentor. One advice that changed my life and helped me to get back my motivation is, ‘have a dedicated room’.
He said, Your environment — the thoughts, habits, preparation, and place in which you work — has a profound impact on how you study and how you work.
Because you can’t do study and sleep at the same place.
Now I have a dedicated room and there I have two desks, one is optimized for studies and another is optimized for my writing activities.
So, as I started to research more about the environment factors to boost productivity. I have found some amazing insights that I will be sharing in this article.
Both hot and cold temperature is bad for your productivity. An optimal room temperature is 77 degrees or 25 degrees Celsius.
If the room is hot then you will dry up soon and if the room is cold you are using a substantial amount of your energy to, well, keep warm. And when you feel either cold or hot, you’re distracted.
But it requires an air conditioner to get your room in optimal temperature. So, this option is not everyone of us.
Free of clutter
Make sure that you always have a broom in your room.
Our tasks greatly reflects by what we see. According to research, having a messy desk and being in a cluttered place greatly decreases your productivity.
Erin Doland says,
When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.
Most of the time we don’t notice how the clutter introduces the distraction. Always set aside time from time to time to clean the clutter.
An organized person is someone who’s always have control and prepared.
I used to be disorganized, it made my life so hectic.
It’s so hard to find things when I wanted.
You know, it’s huge waste of time to spend 5 minutes or may be 30 minutes or even 1 hour just to searching for a misplaced file.
If it sounds like you, don’t feel guilty. Because no one is born organized. It’s an art and could be learned.
First of all, decide what is going to go where and follow the rule. Simple.
Most of the time, if you’re well organized, the clutter will not happen at all.
Place your desk or sit near the window that will help you get the natural light.
Do you know our bodies and brain react differently according to natural lightning vs artificial lightning.
Scientist Mirjam Muench who says in his research about ‘artificial light vs day light’,
“Compared to the afternoon, people who had DL (Daylight) were significantly more alert at the beginning of the evening, and subjects who were exposed to AL (Artificial light) were significantly sleepier at the end of the evening.”
Beyond sleepiness, artificial light is the reason for many health issues such as human breast and colorectal cancers, Scientist David E. Blask says.
Sleepiness is the essential factor of boredom, stress, unproductive and being unhappy.
Paying attention to this little stuff not only improves your productivity but also health.
Have a dress code
I personally experienced it. I used to wear casual t-shirts and shorts. Now I don’t wear them anymore even I’m study or work from my home. Instead I put up formals which I’m used to wear when I in college. It worked and greatly improved my performance.
This is the reason why most colleges, schools and workplaces have dress code. When you put up particular dress, your mind will prepare for a particular task.
Here’s an interesting ted talk, Michaela Finley who is a senior at Solebury School advices ‘Dress like you mean it’ and how your dress influence the perception of others about you as well as your own perception about you.
Above things are not easy to implement but it’s also not extreme hard. Spend some time to optimize your environment that will benefit you in the long run. And also don’t forget to share these with your friends and help them to be aware.
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