You don’t have to go all Marie Kondo to create the perfect study space.

Here we give you some awesome tips to get you started…

Pick a good place to study

There is a delicate balance when it comes to the best study spot. You need a place that’s comfortable, yet not so relaxing you have a nap.

For people like me, it means working at a desk. Others do better on the couch or at the kitchen table.

Somewhere like your bed may be a little too comfy and you run the risk of falling asleep.

Surrounding yourself with peace helps you focus.

If you have kids running around or construction going on right outside your window, you may need relocate to another room, a quiet café or the local library.

Noise-cancelling headphones can also help with distractions

Distractions and chasos. Choose your background wisely

Science says it’s better to listen to quiet music than loud tunes.

Songs with lyrics may pull your attention away from the books. However, some people can handle listening to songs with words, so you may want to experiment and see what works for you.

If you find song lyrics distracting, the same will go for talk back radio and podcasts.

You spend more time concentrating on the words and discussion rather than what you are studying.

If these distract you, just imagine what an attention sucker the television could be!

Netflix will be there as a reward after you study.

Turning off the TV, radio and your favourite song doesn’t mean you have to study in total silence. Soft background soundsare a great alternative.

Some people enjoy listening to nature sounds, such as ocean waves or rain on a tin roof, others do best with instrumental music.

Just remember, what works best for one person, doesn’t necessarily work for others.

Snack on brain food

A growling stomach can pull your mind from your studies, so feel free to snack as you work.

Your brain is the most complex part of your body, running millions of processes every day, so go for snacks that will power your brain and keep you alert.

Steer clear of items that are high in sugar, fat and processed carbs.

Great snacks can include:

  • Grapes or apple slices

  • Nuts – almonds or peanuts

  • Dark chocolate

  • Popcorn

  • Crunchy roasted chickpeas

  • Fruit salad

  • Water

Your brain is 73% water, so make sure you keep the fluids up while studying!

Caffeine in small doses can help you feel refreshed and more focused.

What are you waiting for?

Let’s start creating that zen space…

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