Setting up a workspace at home
Hi everyone! It’s not been too long since my last post but things have changed significantly – it’s hard to avoid talking about what’s happened but I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to share something a little more positive – how I’ve set up my desk at home to be able to work on my assignments and dissertation!
This is a little unique for me – I’ve only recently (since Christmas) had a desk in my room to work on, as I’ve usually worked downstairs. Getting a desk in my room was an aim for this year as I became much more used to working in my room at uni over the last few years and so far that seems to be the case with home too – my most productive has been sat at the desk.
A photo of my desk is above – it’s a lot smaller than the Tocil desks but still does it’s job! When I arrived back home after moving out at the end of term, it was unused, in a bad place in my room, and very bare. However, through photos, organising my stationary, and choice lighting, it feels like a place I am comfortable in. This is especially useful as my deadlines are getting closer!
Whilst the state of a desk may feel quite trivial, having somewhere calming and stable to be has been a source of comfort. I’ve been sorting through my room a lot since I’ve been home so I’ve found more, and am able to access more in the way of stationery too. Setting up a daily schedule (a very loose one) has really helped me get into writing essays and doing work too – as much as I haven’t wanted to recently. I love having the photos around me, and have had them both at uni and now here, reminding me of the past year at uni and my friends (both how much I miss them and how I can’t wait to call them to talk to them). A lot of the other decor is the same – the candles (still unburnt), mugs used as pencil pots, lamps from my desk. The continuity has been surprisingly useful in getting back into an academic mindset.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a little bit about my set up here at home! I’ll have one more blog out tonight describing what I’m making my daily routine like and what I’m doing now I’m at home so that you can see how our student life differs in these times (and hope it might bring some comfort that you don’t have to be working 24/7!)