How a space looks and feels strongly correlates to the outcome of your study session. Whether you have a dedicated area in your apartment, dorm, or a simple pull-out table in the kitchen, making sure that the area is fully optimized is essential for your studying.
A cluttered study table with little light will leave you groggy and unmotivated to finish any work. This makes it vital to have a space that makes you feel productive; one of the ways you can do that is by decorating your room, i.e., a study table, with things that will inspire you to study.
Here are eight items you can use to decorate your study table,
- First, make sure that your study table is comfortable and that you can get all your work done without much strain. If the table is wonky, consider fixing it or buying a new one.
- Make sure you’ve removed all distractions. Get a phone lock for the duration of your study.
- Have a source of light.
- Have access to all the necessities you need before starting. This can be water, snacks, and stationery.
- Adjust your space to your ideal temperature. Make sure it’s not too cold or too hot.
A simple calendar can be a great way to keep track of your schedule, deadlines, and appointments.
You can opt for a traditional wall calendar or a desk calendar. Adding a pop of color to your workspace can be as simple as selecting a fun and colorful calendar design. Calendar tabs can be particularly helpful as they allow you to quickly flip to the current month.
The second item on the list is dividers. If your study table has drawers, this is a perfect place to put all your stationery, books, and devices you use often.
A great starting point is grabbing small acrylic boxes for smaller stationery such as biros, highlighters, and erasers. This can help keep you organized and categorize everything.
You can choose to either buy some or make use of unused boxes that you have lying around.
If your desk has a small working area, consider investing in a platform to raise your desktop or laptop. Several great acrylic and wood options available do the job well enough by raising your devices while still freeing up real estate for your other things.
An acrylic platform can be decorated with anything to showcase your personality. You can also DIY one with wood that you might have around the house. A platform not only helps reduce neck strain and improve your posture, but you also get the added benefit of more free space.
Having a source of light in your study space is essential. If your study area is near a window, this natural source of light can help boost your serotonin levels and, in turn, productivity.
A lamp can do wonders if your apartment, dorm, or office has limited luxury. You can go for standalone wired lights with an industrial feel, swing arm lamps, or more artsy lamps. Ensure you stay focused on what you’re supposed to be doing.
Additionally, ensure that the light source is close enough to where you’ll be reading to avoid straining your eyes. If you’re not a fan of lamps, consider getting candles. These can either be electric or wax candles. You can create a cozy and relaxing ambiance with different scents and lengths.
- Chalkboard/ Acrylic Board
An acrylic /chalkboard can be a great way to write personal prompts to yourself to keep you going when it gets thick. You can also use it to brainstorm, take down notes, solve mathematical problems, and, lastly, add an extra layer of oomph to your space.
Additionally, if you have a pin board, you can use that to display specific goals, photos of friends /family, or anything you wouldn’t mind looking at during your study time. Consider painting it a particular color that either soothe you or is your favorite.
A layer of greenery could do wonders if you were looking for a simple way to spruce up your study table without breaking the bank. This can be achieved in several ways,
- Succulents -a succulent is a great low-maintenance option that adds character to your space. Several options are available; the best part is they barely need attention.
- A vase of fresh flowers, if you don’t mind changing the water, having a batch of fresh flowers can help brighten up your space and liven up the room.
- Bonsai plants – a truly majestic plant, the bonsai not only adds beauty to your desk, but you also get the added benefit of having a natural air purifier.
- Get Colorful Pencil Holders
If having your stationery out of sight or out of mind is overwhelming, having a couple of pencil holders can also be helpful. You can choose to either DIY it or get them already customizable.
For DIY, get some scrapbook paper and cut it the same height as your paper cup.
Make sure the wrapping paper can go all the way around. Get some glue, line up some of it with the top of the paper, and press it in. Allow it to dry. Consider using washi tape, painting the cup, or colorful contact paper for an extra creative process.
- Decorative Posters, Personal Items, and Knick-Knacks
Another way to add spice to your study table is by adding personal touches by either getting posters with an individualized message or a quote and having them on your desk. If you prefer an artsy chic look, you can either go for something you’ve created or a fantastic band, music note, or favorite artist.
You can also choose to have personal items, such as a letter from someone you deeply care for and or respect. This can motivate you to continue studying when you’re not feeling very motivated.
As is with anything in life, too much of something and your space might start feeling clustered and demotivate you to even start a study session. Ensure you’re mindful and minimize the photos /knick-knacks on the table.
Decorating your study table can be inexpensive and inexpensive. By adding these items, you can create a functional and stylish space.
Feel free to experiment with your style, designs, and color schemes to see what will work for you. With some imaginativeness, you can turn your study space into a space you love and are excited to use every day.