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Checklist to Balance Working & Studying from Home

Written by Autumn Granza on Wednesday, 08 April 2020. Posted in Life Hacks

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Working fulltime from home and studying online doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. With a routine and dedicated work and study space, you can set yourself up for success and tackle any projects that come at you. Here’s how!

Get into a routine

Having a routine is important, especially when you’re working and studying from home. Routine helps provide structure. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day needs of your home, or put something important off because you’re comfortable on the couch and want to nap. But, having a routine will help you stop from forming those habits before they have a chance to begin.

Keeping a daily routine helps keep you focused and not sweat the small stuff. Since you’re keeping to a schedule, you’ll procrastinate less. You don’t have to worry about what time you’ll have lunch, when to take a walk, or what time you should go to bed. A routine helps you feel better. Your body’s natural routine will tell you when you’re most productive, when you’re hungry, and even when you need a break.

Use a dedicated work or study area

Setting up a dedicated area to work or study in helps you be successful as an at-home worker or learner. The environment you study in can determine how you work or learn. Having a dedicated study area that tells your brain it’s time to get the job done will go a long way. Instead of sitting on your bed or couch, use a desk or table to hold your laptop, books, and notes.

You should also limit distractions. While it’s not easy, this can help you stay focused. If you’re home with family or friends, set rules. Let them know how long they shouldn’t disturb you and share with them the hours you’ll be studying or working.

Keep your space organized. Everything you need to get the job done or study should be within reach. Keep your laptop or tablet charger ready and on hand. You should also keep notebooks, planners, and a writing utensil handy.

Remember to take breaks

Taking a break is an important part of getting work done. You can’t be 100 percent if you don't take the time to eat a nutritious meal, exercise, or keep your mind right.

Diet and exercise can impact your ability to work and retain new material. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on nutritious meals or go to the gym for hours. Use Pinterest to find easy, healthy meals to make at home on your lunch break. Taking a walk outside can help you stay active and make you more focused.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take some time to destress with yoga. Yoga helps your brain and allows you to calm your mind.

Use the resources available to you

If you continue having a hard time staying focused use the resources at Ashworth that are available to you. If you’re working through your course material and get stuck, don’t get discouraged. Ashworth has tutoring services available, as well as resources such as the LRC Library and Writing Lab. The Student Community is also a great place to get motivated and meet fellow classmates.

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