Dorm rooms can be cramped, small spaces. But don’t fret! We’ve got some tips that will allow you to maximize your living space, while ensuring you can work as efficiently and productively as possible. The first thing a professor told me in university was that beds are for very few activities (for your brain’s sake). The only use of your bed should be for sleep and the only use of your desk should be for studying. So here are our best tips on how to work productively in your dorm room:

1. Use Your Bed For Sleeping

You bed is meant for SLEEP and nothing else. Your brain learns all the time, even when you don’t realize. If you get into the habit of doing homework, readings, or other assignments in your bed, your brain will forget that getting into bed means it’s time to shut down and switch off. Your brain will be restless, which will result in you not sleeping well. Proper sleep is essential to succeed in school, and to stay healthy.

2. Use Your Desk For Working

Your desk should be for schoolwork and that’s all. If you sit at your desk and play video games a lot you’re less likely to be on task when you need to be doing homework. Again, your brain prepares itself according to the space you’re using. Try to dictate which spaces of the room are for what. For example, you could have a bean bag chair for playing video games, or a chair by the window for reading non-school related books.

3. Keep Your Room As Clean & Organized As Possible

Nothing sucks more than trying to work in the messiest space ever. For example, if you need to do laundry and your dirty clothes are all over the floor you’re going to be thinking about that instead of your essay or assignment. In short, if your room is a mess, your brain is going to be distracted thinking about all the clutter.  

4. Make Your Bed

It keeps your room looking tidy, which makes doing work in your room more inviting. In addition, you’ll be less likely to use your bed for studying or get into your bed in the middle of the day which will keep your mind active.

5. Open The Windows

Opening the windows is great to get some fresh air, but more importantly it’s great for the natural light it provides. So pull back the curtains and let the natural light in! It is better for you than artificial light from lamps, and will result in less headaches from long screen use or a long reading session.

6.  Keep Your Desk Clutter-free

It’s one thing for your room be messy, but to have a messy desk is a major problem. Nothing is worse than not being able to find your favourite pen, or your notebook because your desk is a dumping ground. You should make sure there is AT LEAST enough room to put your laptop on your desk at all times.

7. Keep A Calendar Or Planner By Your Desk

While studying, it’s essential to have a clear way of knowing when all of your assignments are due. Hanging a calendar above your desk, or keeping your day planner in a corner of your desk is a great way to ensure you are always on track. This will also help prevent stress. If you can visualize your due dates and see how many days you have before a final task is due, it may make things a little less overwhelming.