The recent pandemic forced most people to relocate some of their routines to the house. Students had to study from home, and other people had to work from home. Working or studying from home comes with numerous challenges, especially when you live in a large household. This is mainly because of the constant interruptions and noise from other members of the household looking to get your attention. To remedy this, it is best to set up a dedicated space in the house for study or work, free from all the distractions in the house. Here are a few tips you may want to consider when working on making the workspace a quiet learning and peaceful as possible.
Find an Underused Space
Look for a section of the house that is not frequented and is underutilized. This space could be a section of the house where the rest of the family may not think about coming to look for you. Once you have located such as spot, then you can begin setting up your work or learning space. Underused spaces provide you with a chance to convert the space into a productive area without having to move things around. You don’t have to go through much trouble when locating a dedicated space. Some may just be right in front of you. For example, a rarely used coat closet or the guest room, that is, if you don’t get frequent visitors. A section of the house that is less frequented can guarantee you some peace and quiet while working or studying.
Boundaries can help keep unwanted foot traffic away. In case you are working from an open space at the corner of the house, you can install an accordion door to separate your workspace from the rest of the room. This way, you can effectively set a boundary between your work or study area from the rest of the house. In some cases, you can even use a line or tape as an indicator to the rest of the household members that that area can only be crossed in case of an emergency.
Aside from physical boundaries, it would be best to separate your office work from household duties. For example, don’t mix your household bills with your office paperwork. You should also stick to your work or study schedule.
Set Up Your Space Near a Window
This may seem like a counter-effective approach when looking for peace and quiet. However, setting your study area or office space in a section of the house with a window overlooking a less busy street can help boost productivity. Working close to a window can create a relaxing and serene atmosphere where you can comfortably work or study. On top of that, research has it that access to natural light is one of the five basic requirements for optimal working conditions.
Being close to a window also gives you a chance to look away from the screen, giving you time to rest your eyes from the blue light. This way, you can focus on an object about 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. This comes in handy for those working from the home ad are looking to avoid headaches, digital eye strain, and blurry vision from staring into their computers for extended periods.
Create a Routine
Having a schedule will help you keep your mind on your studies or work during your business hours. You should set aside specific hours for meals, avoid handling household affairs when studying or working, wear something appropriate and, more importantly, schedule some breaks within your routine. Creating a routine means setting your working hours around specific times that the house is quiet or the rest of the household is busty elsewhere. This means you get more free time with minimal interruptions. Having periodic breaks can help with maintaining good mental health.
Don’t Make It Too Quiet
Of course, when studying or working from home, you need some peace and quiet. However, too much quiet can be as distracting as loud noise. After sectioning off your study or workspace and reducing all forms of unwanted distraction and noise, it is best to introduce some white noise or instrumental music. This way, you can get enough stimulation to focus with very little distraction.
Working or studying from home can be very productive, but only with the right conditions. Take time when setting up space. Be sure to include accessories such as noise-canceling headphones to promote peace and quiet.