How to Build a Home Workspace for Online Classes

Your environment has a huge impact on how productive you are. That’s why with the right setup, you can efficiently learn in the comfort of your own home.

How to Build a Home Workspace for Online Classes

Your environment has a huge impact on how productive you are. That’s why with the right setup, you can efficiently learn in the comfort of your own home.  

  • Eliminate distractions – try to set up your workspace away from the TV, or, if you live with roommates, an area without heavy foot traffic.
  • If you can, find a window that provides natural lighting into your workspace. Studies have shown that fluorescent lighting can decrease productivity levels. Natural lighting keeps you alert, which enhances your focus.
  • Intentionally set up your desk so that your essentials are within an arm’s reach. Pens, pencils, highlighters, scissors, Sharpies, paperclips, calculator, rubber bands, whiteout, tape, stapler, sticky notes, planner, notebooks and even your textbooks. This removes the problem of having to get up and risk losing your train of thought, throwing off your productivity.
  • Add some life to your desk –whether it is a desk plant or a photo that makes you smile, it will help you feel less constrained to your workspace.
  • Try color-coding, especially when it comes to your class notebooks. Creating some kind of color/filing system helps organize your workspace and decrease clutter and confusion. A clean environment = a clear mind.

Courtney Hancock is a senior public relations student at the University of Florida. She currently works with the UF Distance and Continuing Education Marketing Department as an intern. When she's not writing articles for the News Lounge, she's pursuing her life goals to laugh often & love dogs. 

$(function() { $(.general-page-content).pagination({ items: 100, itemsOnPage: 10, cssStyle: 'light-theme' }); });