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Organising your desk for optimal study

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Organising your desk for optimal study

Step one: get those piles of clothes and junk off it!

The first thing to do when you want to organise your desk for the best studying experience of your life, is to clear everything out. That means taking everything off the top and, if it has them, emptying out the drawers. Get rid of anything you don’t want anymore. Cringe at the old diary you’ve found hidden at the back. Wipe down the surfaces so it’s clean. And then we begin.

(Side note: if you don’t have a desk, read our guide on Things To Do When Your Bed Is Your Desk.)

Place the things youneed

This seems obvious, but you don’t want to fill up your desk with cactuses and framed portraits of us, only to find out there’s no room for your textbooks. Play with some different arrangements of books, screens, pen holders, coffee mugs and what-have-you until it feels comfortable. Then you can add a few personal touches.

Work out a filingsystem

Sounds pretty fancy and adult, but really it’s just a way of making sure you know where your notes are on a given subject, how you’re sorting them and where you’re keeping your signed headshots of us. You could have different coloured folders for each subject and lay them flat in your drawers, or use one of those toaster rack things if you have space on your desktop (or a smaller table next to it).

Use your wallspacewisely

If your desk is hard up against a wall, don’t stick up posters of us at eye level. Use that area for calendars and/or study schedules and/or important info you have to memorise and/or a kanban board. You can also write yourself some inspirational post-its and stick them around the place for when you need a quick booster.

Keep up themaintenance

You don’t want to go through all this trouble only to findthose laundry piles and old receipts stacking up again in a couple-three weeks.Do your best to tidy things up on a regular basis – especially if you start tofind your filing system slipping. Believe it: despite what you may think, youdo not want to think you’ve broughtyour calculus notes to school, only to find it’s actually a folder full ofsketches of us you’ve doodled.

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