In these unusual times, our homes are temporarily becoming our workplaces, lecture theatres, tutorial rooms and study spaces.
Classes are going to look a little different in Semester 2, but we want to make sure you start remote study set up for success. So, we’ve gone straight to Bond Business School's Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour and productivity expert, Dr Libby Sander, to get her top tips for working and studying from home.
1. Set up a proper workspace
The lines between work, study and home are blurring, but set yourself up with a defined workspace. Make sure it’s well-lit, comfortable and somewhere you can work free from noise and distraction.
2. Don’t procrastinate
It can be easy to lose focus, but limit procrastination by taking note of the due dates for your assignments, and work to a to-do list to keep on track. Dr Sander recommends using a friend or classmate to keep you accountable, or downloading a productivity app like Focus Booster or ToDoIst.
3. Limit distractions (and screen time)
A 15-minute break scrolling through Instagram can easily turn into lots of wasted time, says Dr Sander. Do your best to limit the distractions around you and set screen time limits on your phone to help with the temptation.
4. Schedule study time
Some of us are at our best in the mornings, and others are night owls. Schedule your study time for when you know you work best, leaving your less productive times for other activities.
5. Avoid multi-tasking
Multi-tasking might seem like a great idea, but it distracts us and lowers our overall productivity, says Dr Sander. You’re better off focusing on one task at a time, moving onto the next when it’s completed.
6. Eat well and get regular exercise
When you’re at home, it’s unlikely you are getting the same amount of incidental exercise that you might if you’re travelling between home, work and university. Make sure you exercise daily – even if it’s a walk around the block – and eat a balanced, healthy diet to fuel your brain and body.
7. Take breaks and get outside
Taking breaks is an important part of maintaining a productive study routine. Take regular breaks – to make a cup of tea, have a snack or video chat with a friend – and get outside for some fresh air.
8. Use noise-cancelling headphones
If you are getting distracted by noise inside or outside your home, or you’re having difficulty focusing, try using a pair of noise-cancelling headphones to help you get into the study zone.
And remember – there are plenty of support services you can access from home. From the Academic Skills Centre to Library Services, the Career Development Centre and Counselling Services, we’re here to help.