Escaping from our comfort zone: Why not?
Everyday university life is challenging, isn’t it? Well, at least it definitely is for me. Each of us has different obstacles every day to cope with. Yet, mostly we all agree we have our own comfort zone where we feel as relaxed as possible, we could. Despite the circumstances we have, staying in our comfort zone is the best choice. However, is it always the case? I will share my experiences in the past months about how I “leave” my comfort zone.
I cannot argue that my very own bedroom is my favorite place to study, to spend my whole day. This is where I can relax, listen to music, or sing without being afraid to bother others. Also, I can easily access my books, my notes, grab some snacks, and sometimes polishing my skills in badminton by swinging my rackets. However, I realize that staying in my room is boring and makes me less productive. It leads me to change my strategy in spending my time.
First of all, I am doing research by visiting many study spaces at Warwick university. I am checking which places suit me well in terms of quietness, easy access to food (for lunch or dinner), a place to pray, and access to the computer. I love a big screen to have a better view. Believe me, looking at numbers sometimes makes me dizzy as a mathematics student. So, using a big screen kind of helps me. It is funny, but it is true.
As a postgraduate research student, I am lucky to access the PG hub and the Wolfson study area. I find that changing a place to study does feel good. It somehow makes me feel refresh and more productive. Well, I am sure the new environment brings a new spirit. Try it next time you want to work on campus, will you? Also, an excellent point to mention, if you like doing spots as I do, studying at the spots Hub café, or space next to it before the games is a good choice too. It will save some time to travel and again changing view is good as well.
Long story short, after finding a nice place to study, the next step is finding friends to study together. It does not mean you have to discuss with them since you and your friends probably study different subjects. But, if you and your friends are the same major discussion is good, right? However, studying in the same place with friends will directly charge our motivation to work. Another point is that we can share our lunch or snack, it is definitely a good point for me.
Are you still not sure about leaving your comfort zone? Think about it again, and you will be surprised how more productive you are than you were. The first step will be difficult, but you will hang in there eventually. Study happy, study better, and achieve more.