- Natasha’s & Elise’s amazing chemistry - The charm - Literally the only thing that got me through college - The Story - How they didn’t make it being gay a big deal - Carmilla & how love she is with Laura - It’s how me & my girlfriend started talking… bless the show - The amount of friends (internet and in person) I have made through the show - It is and always will be the little show that could
I once threw away my own pen and burned my own book. I locked myself that night in my room, told my self that I am no protagonist. That I’m far from being my own heroine.
It took me three years to understand that no matter how small I felt, no matter how insignificant I felt, I am the heroine of my own story. For the longest time, I tried so hard to be a protagonist of a story that wasn’t mine. I became a supporting character. Sometimes, I only got the smallest role. The girl who passed by. The classmate whose pen fell on the floor. The stranger with a loud laugh. I am all those.
so i see a lot of pictures of gorgeous study spaces on tumblr and they’re all perfect. but for those of us who are a bit messier, more disorganised, creating a study space that’s so pretty and picturesque might feel a bit unrealistic. but fear not! for i am here to give you a quick guide on how to create a study space that is organised and mindful.
define: mindful means being fully aware of your surroundings and avoiding going autopilot. but it also suggests an idea of tranquillity and thoughtfulness. by a mindful study space, then, i mean creating an environment that fosters productivity, promotes thoughtfulness and creativity, and does not distract you from your work. everything should have a place, and everything has a purpose.
things that you might need:
some basic filing accessories, for pieces of paper and notebooks. magazine holders are good for notebooks, ring-binders and files, and you might want to get a paper-tray if you have lots of lose paper lying around. try cheap ones from Ikea, or some nicer ones from Muji. you could even make some from cereal boxes.
a way to store pens and pencils. there are loads of stationery organisers on amazon, or you could use glass jars, or mugs.
some postcards, or photos, for an inspiration wall. i have found zazzle to be a great resource, and there are loads of sites that gives you free photo prints. i also recommend printing off a calendar.
perhaps a cute little plant! i obviously highly recommend a succulent. i get mine from local gardening stores.
or some nice tealights! they make me feel calm.
a glass of water, or something else to drink. but not soda. if your desk is nice, you might want a coaster.
what you need to do:
take everything off your desk. literally everything. pick up every notebook, every scrap of paper, and put it on the floor. keep going until your desk is completely empty. then, divide the pile up between work and stuff. so a hand out from a lecture will go in the ‘work’ pile, and a stapler would go in the ‘stuff’ pile.
clean your desk. get a rag and some washing up liquid and wipe down your desk. i was amazed by all the dust and grime there was on mine. it was gross.
create your inspiration wall. i would say do this now rather than later, because your desk should be clear so you don’t need to worry about knocking everything over. don’t worry about it looking perfect - this is meant to be for your eyes only. you can find inspiration on pinterest or tumblr.
sort through all your ‘stuff’. pick up each thing in turn, and ask it three questions: do you make me more creative?do you make me more productive? and do you make me feel inspired? if it answers yes to any of them, then it has earned a place on top of your desk. if not, then it needs to find a new home. only things that are related directly to your work should be on your desk - not even a hair brush. they’re just distractions.
organise the ‘stuff’ that is now on your desk. how you do this is completely up to you. but bear in mind that we are trying to create a mindful environment. keep everything organised, and purposefully think about the reason that you make each choice. so i put my favourite pens in glass jars, so i can move them closer to me when i’m studying. i put my other pens and pencils in a desk organizer, so they’re all in the same place.
organise your ‘work’ carefully and give it a deliberate home. put the same subjects together. how you do this is completely up to you.
tldr: the basic principle behind this post is that you should clean and de-clutter your desk, and only have things that you actually need on it to study. in so doing, you can create a study space that encourages productivity, and stops you from getting distracted.