Every year before going back to college I make sure my desk is ready. Why? Because this is the space where I will be spending most of my time not only studying, but also blogging. This is why I need to have my desk in the best condition and try to keep it that way. I own an Ikea Micke White desk, which I recommend for small spaces. It’s the perfect size for a student and it has 3 drawers to keep your things organized.
It’s extremely important to have a space dedicated to studying. I used to study on the dinning table and even though I got work done while in there, I am more productive now that I have a place dedicated to studying. Today I am sharing 5 steps to get your desk ready for back to school or uni.
5 Steps to Get Your Desk Ready for Back to School
Step 1: Clean and Declutter
I like to start by removing everything form my desk and cleaning the surface. Next I make 2 piles of things I will need throughout the semester and things that I won’t need. I make sure to store safely or throw away the things that I won’t need to leave space for new thing or the stuff that I need. By doing this you are creating a space that will be less distracting and will help you focus on work. Decluttering can also decrease the feeling of beign overwhelmed, which in my opinion is common among college students.
Step 2: Replace Books
If you are starting a new semester there is a high probability that you need new books. Start by getting rid of the old books you have. You can sell texts books on places like ebay, amazon or to someone that you might know that needs it. By doing this you would not only have more space for new books, but you will also be making some money
Step 3: Design your Organization System
This is the most important step out of the five. You need to design an organization system that works for you. For example: I use lots of color sharpies and sticky notes when I am studying. To organize all the stationary that I own and use, I bought four small baskets that fit perfectly inside my drawers. I also have a file for each class where I keep notes that might be useful for finals. These files are stored in a Magazine organizers that can be found on places like TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Ikea for really low prices. Ikea also sells letter trays, wall magazine racks and drawer inserts that can be useful when it comes to organize your desk space.
Step 4: Invest in Good Lighting
Good lighting is very important, specially if you are spending long nights in your desk. Good lighting can be really beneficial when it comes to productivity. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollar on a desk lamp you can get affordable one that are as good from places like Amazon and Walmart.
Recent research has revealed that lighting has a clear impact on our health and well being in the work place. The right levels and the quality of light have been shown to affect alertness and accuracy at work. (The Guardian)
Step 5: Set your to do list and Calendar
Lastly, set your to do list and calendar. I like having a monthly calendar on my desk with important dates. I also make a to do list on my wall with sticky notes and in addition to that I keep a small notebook where I write the subtasks for those big projects that I have on the sticky notes. Some people like using an app (which I also have). I recommend Wunderlist; I use this not only for college but also for blogging and social media.Let me know if there is something I miss! Get your desk ready following these steps don’t forget to take a pic and use the #shestudies and #sheblushes for a chance to be featured on my Instagram.