Hack Your Study Space
You are going to be spending a good deal of your days imprisoned within the four walls of your study room, so why not make yourself comfortable and create a spce that is conducive to your study. It might take a little bit of effort and detective work to create or locate the perfect work space, but once you find it, it will be rewarding.
Rise and shine
Studies have shown that exposure to natural light improves one's mood and productivity. Good thing we have plenty of sunlight in Malaysia, so make full use of it. Position your study desk so that it receives a good amount of sunlight and cut down on artificial light during the day. You can also lightly tint your windows to keep out the worst of the heat.
'9 to 5'
As a postgraduate student, it is good to keep to a work schedule so that you can be sure that you are always ahead of your deadlines. Burning midnight oil and rushing your work are indicators of poor time management rather than incompetency. Learn to find a balance between your studies and your life. When you are well-adjusted, you will find that your studies will improve.
Rest in peace
While it is advisable to keep all distractions at bay, you should also allow yourself a bit of breather and have a 'relax zone' within your study compound. It can be a mini gym, an old sofa, or even a photo corner to remind you of the things that make you happy. But be cautious and do not abuse this corner and make it a point of distraction.
Power up with plants!
Do you know that plants have a calming effect on the mind, help with memory and improve moods? While you do not have to bring the jungle into your home, it is good to have a few greeneries scattered around. Potted plants on the table or a small bush around the corner makes for good houseplants. Just remember to keep them alive.
Let there be light!
How do you know if you have good lighting? If you are straining your eyes, then there is a high chance that your room is poorly lit. A gloomy room not only makes it harder for you to read, it also makes you sleepy. So, let a bit of light into your life and it will make all the difference.
While you might be moving towards a paperless environment, you can't deny that papers will still dominate most of your study space. They key to good studying is to be organised. Have a system of organisation in your room and ample storage space to keep your items so that it can be within easy reach whenever you need them.
Keep your mind and body nourished by constantly drinking lots of water. Water might be best for your health but a jolt of caffeine from time to time can also power up your gears. Energy drinks are also good if you need an extra boost for an all-nighter but never abuse the substance.