First published: 23 January 2021 @ 6:58 am
If you’re looking for a great place to do homework, your room may not be the best option. It’s hard to focus when you’re surrounded by distractions like a TV, computer, and phone.
When I was in high school, I loved to work in the library. I felt like I had the whole place to myself. It was quiet and I could concentrate on my work with no distractions.
Now that I’m a teacher, it’s even easier for me to get some uninterrupted time at the library because my students are at home doing their homework.
In fact, we have a tradition where we meet up at the library after school on Mondays and Thursdays. My students get help with their homework while I grade papers and write lesson plans for upcoming classes.
However, if you don’t have access to a library or want to create your own productive Homework Haven at home, here are some ideas.
Pick a room
Pick an out-of-the-way room that is only used for studying or doing homework (like a guest bedroom).
The goal is to have this room only be used for homework so it will become associated with study time and positive feelings will be associated with it as well!
When picking out your productive Homework Haven, you want to make sure it’s out of the way so you don’t have any distractions.
For example, it shouldn’t be right next to the kitchen where there are a lot of smells or by the bathroom where there are lots of sounds. It should also be away from your TV, computer, and phone.
Put up signs
Put up signs that say “Homework Only” in order to reinforce the purpose of this room. This will help you remember why you’re in this room when you walk in.
Make it comfy
Make your productive Homework Haven a comfortable place with a nice desk and chair.
If possible, get an ergonomic chair that helps your back and supports your posture while sitting for long periods of time. You can also put up posters or pictures on the wall that help create a relaxing atmosphere.
Ensure it’s quiet
Make sure your productive Homework Haven is a quiet place so you can focus on your work. Turn off the TV and keep the phone away from you so you won’t be tempted to look at it or answer it.
If you have siblings, ask them to respect your Homework Haven and not bother you while you’re working. Tell them to come to get you instead of bothering you while you’re trying to work if they do need something.
Find a stopwatch
Get a timer or stopwatch and set it for 30 minutes. Set a goal for yourself to focus on your homework for that amount of time without any distractions (no phone, no computer, no TV).
If you don’t reach your goal, try again tomorrow. It may take some time before you can concentrate without distractions for 30 minutes but keep trying!
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