Setting up your workspace

Learning from home can be a challenge but it can be made much easier with a little planning.

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Setting up your Workspace

Learning from home can be a challenge but it can be made much easier with a little planning. Setting up an inspiring space to work will help you come to the day prepared and ready to get to it. Here are some ideas to help you and your family be successful learning from home:

A dedicated workspace – It is best for each student to have a personal space they know is theirs when it is time to get to work. It could be their own personal desk, or simply their own chair to sit at the kitchen table during the work day. It is a good idea to establish boundaries for your work zone, making sure papers, folders, notes and workbooks don’t escape these borders.

A dedicated time for learning – Keeping a consistent schedule for your studies will help you stay focused on the task at hand, create positive habits, and aid in efficiency.

Comfortable seating – Make sure there is a comfortable place to sit for work on the computer or sitting at a desk. Many hours will be spent in this seat, so a place where you can sit comfortably with your feet on the floor and good back support is important. It is also nice to have a couch or cozy reading spot if space allows.

Free from distractions – While it’s not possible to be free from all interruptions, try to keep distractions at a minimum. Keep toys and non-essential electronics away from your learning space. For families with multiple students learning from home, a space away from the bustle of the common areas can be invaluable for students who need quiet to focus.

Storage and Organization – Having adequate storage is essential for efficiency. Having a place for your books, course materials, school and art supplies, and completed work helps you know where everything is when you need it and makes it much easier to put everything back at the end of the school day. For families with multiple students, colour coding school supplies and storage boxes to each learner can help you stay organized.

Personalize – If you make your space your own, you will want to spend time there. Collect inspirational photos and objects that inspire you. Display visual reminders about what excites you about your learning and guide you to look toward the future.

Maintaining a clutter-free, organized space will keep your family on track all year. And don’t forget about those moments throughout the day when you’re not in your workspace – keep active, get outside when you can, and have fun with your studies!