If you think that the quality of your work depends totally on how much hours you’ve slept last night, how much coffee you’ve had and the knowledge you’ve got, make sure to add the working environment to the list! The point is that working in a messy and chaotic place will most likely have a negative effect on the results of all your efforts.
If you’re like an average student, you spend most of your time in front of your laptop. But the truth is that even if your studying is absolutely PC-based, your room must inspire you and help you to be as productive as you can. A properly organized place brings a lot of advantages. First of all, it gives you a sense of competence and total control, and second, it enables you to reach the desired level of productivity while staying away from distractions. So, how can one manage the working space to give oneself an opportunity to work efficiently?
First comes the purge. There’s the rule – no one can be surrounded by a productive workspace without a previously done purge! Its duration usually depends on the general condition of your room. If your place looks like a post-apocalyptic zone, the purge will take from a couple of hours to a few days. Its number one goal is to have a working space that inspires and encourages working more and more productive.
Keep the desktop free from any sort of clutter. You may find it really comfortable to work in your bed, on the floor in front of a huge TV or on the window-sill, but make sure to have your desktop clear of clutter. However, if you’re a secret lover of a little disorder, do whatever is more suitable for you. Some people are known for their addiction to messy working desktops and still they’re successful. But if you’re less inspired, a perfectly clean desktop is what you need.
Even if you leave 99% of your literature in college, there are undeniably some magazines and textbooks in your room. Have all of them organized. It will help you to quickly find the book you need for the class, and to be aware of what printed materials you have at home next time you’re about to go to the library.
In addition to the piles of books, you have to manage documents as well. Create a two-tray system on your desk: first goes the new documents tray, second – the one provided for the old documents that you are going to deal with. Put the documents and material you haven’t opened yet in the new tray, you will deal with them later. As for the old tray, it will contain something you have already seen – scanned files, extracts from the manuals and so on. Consider it as your to-do list.
Whatever your productivity ‘recipe’ is, make sure to get the work done with an environment that inspires new ideas and stimulates dynamic work in any areas.