Hey everyone, I thought that since a lot of people will be working from home from now on that I would dedicate this month’s blogs to doing just that. I know that there are many reasons why people need to work from home due to sickness or perhaps not being able to get into university because of weather etc.
A Quiet Place
By this I don’t mean watch the movie. Now that I am working from home and continuing my course online due to recent events it is crucial for me to find a place that is silent because unfortunately, I do not have the pleasure of working in the silent study at the catalyst building. Luckily for me, I live in the quiet of the countryside so I don’t have to worry about loud neighbours but, I do like my own place to study and get in the zone as I find that I am more productive this way.
I highly recommend finding a place where you live that is quiet and peaceful. However, I would try and separate your uni work from your bedroom as this can sometimes cause sleep issues due to stress being present in the environment.
The biggest and most useful piece of advice I was given whilst studying at home for my A-Levels was to take breaks that are completely different from what I was doing which was mostly reading or writing. I would therefore go for a walk (big surprise), pet my dog or just talk to whoever is in my house. I would then go back to my work and be refreshed, ready to start again. I still use this tip today when I am writing or reading for a long assignment and it helps to keep my mind at ease.
Set Yourself Some Time
So, I think that we can all agree that you cannot work all day and if you can teach me your ways! That’s why I like to set myself time in the day to dedicate myself to university work and then plan out what I need to do in that time frame I have given myself.
I usually give myself at least three hours in the morning before I do anything because that is when I am most productive and the rest of the day I have to do what I like. Before I start my work I always have a timetable next to me that is sectioned into hours of the day. For example, from 9am to 10:45am I read and plan for an assignment, tick that off and then I have a quick break until 11am when I usually have a lecture. I then plan for the next couple of hours and make sure that my day is broken down so that I don’t get too overwhelmed.
I hope that you found this useful and I hope that you are all keeping safe. I am really thankful that I can still continue my lectures online to keep from going insane, they really help all I need to do is perfect my working from home routine!
Thank you, Lauren x
“It’s a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.”-John Steinbeck-