Organize your space for work or learning

We’ve been in stay at home, work from home, distance learning routines for a while. The start of fall is a good opportunity to take a step back and reevaluate if what many of us hastily put in place is working the best it can.

As you look at your space consider the following organizing tips, D-E-S-K, and see if you can make your “at home” time more efficient and effective.

Designate a specific area- Each person needs a work area designated as their space during certain hours. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate or expansive setup, just a place identified as theirs to learn or work. It may be at the kitchen table, a desk, or even a folding table tucked into a corner or an empty closet. It should be comfortable but also structured enough to encourage good posture. Bending over a laptop on a sofa can take its toll on backs and attention spans in a short amount of time.

Eliminate distractions- Our homes are designed to house the things we love and enjoy. That means distractions and temptations are lurking in most areas. Look at the space you have set aside to work or study in. What things might be distracting or lure you away from the task at hand? Should you move the gaming equipment, cover over the TV during certain hours, put up a temporary room divider, or eliminate outside noise. Doing work at home is challenging enough without having extra distractions around.

Set a routine- When we left our homes each day to go to work or school, we did so on a schedule. We had a routine of how to get ready and out the door on time. We had meetings or classes at certain times and ate meals at normal times. This routine helped move us through our day and enabled us to be more efficient. During this “at home” time, create a routine or schedule. Stick to it. It might feel like a weekend because you don’t have to leave the house but that doesn’t mean you can stay up late. Having a routine or schedule also provides some sense of normalcy even when things are anything but normal.

Keep it simple- Everyone’s needs for their work or learning areas will be different. The simpler you keep the set up the better it will work for you. Keep the books, supplies, and electronics for each person in their own basket or bin so it can be used at their working area during work hours. After work or learning is done for the day the container of supplies can be set aside, allowing you to relax and enjoy the rest of your time at home without having reminders of work disturbing you.

© 2020 Beth Giles

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