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HyeJin Kwon
10mo Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States Story
5 Ways to Spice Up your Workspace

The cleanliness and layout of my workspace play a huge role in determining how well I manage to focus and stay on top of my game throughout the entire day. Hence, I always try to tailor my own, personal working space to meet my exact needs, whether for practical or aesthetic purposes. 

Here are 5 tips to transform your dull study area into a more comfortable and appealing space to work in!

1. Place a plant or two on your table 

Having small pots of plants while studying can make a huge difference. They act as a sort of 'therapeutic agent', and could really help maintain or even enhance your level of focus for a much longer period of time. 

However, for those of you who may be concerned about watering your plants on a regular basis (i.e. a typical college student), you could always purchase one of those fake plants from Target too! 

2. Hang inspirational quotes or photos 

I've always stuck photos of my friends / family on the wall of my working space. Staring at these pictures while studying would always trigger my mind to wander down a memory lane. it was a great way to take a break from all the mentally strenuous tasks I had for the day.

However, over time, I got a little bored of having these photos lined up so orderly against the wall. Hence, one great alternative inspired by my favorite Singaporean blogger Andrea Chong, would be to use colorful clothespins to hang your favorite photos, quotes or even daily reminders onto a gridded panel (shown on the image above!). Gridded panels are very easy to find, especially if you live near a Walmart or Target.

3. Color-Code to Personalize your Workspace 

Of course, as someone completely obsessed with marble prints, having marble-printed notebooks, pencil cases and diaries keeps me very, very content. Whether its a monochromatic scheme or polka-dotted patterns, a consistent aesthetic appeal of your workspace can have a positive influence on your studying behavior. 

4. Place a 'pretty' cup of water on your table 

What's the best way to stay hydrated? Get yourself a nicely designed mug to place next to you while you work. My personal favorite is Anthropologie's Golden Monogram Mug ($10)! You can get these mugs with any one of the alphabetical letters printed onto it. A friend of mine had given this mug with the letter H (for the first letter of my name!) to me, and since then, I've been using it very regularly.

5. Make use of your old magazines 

If you've got a dusty, old pile of magazines stacked up in the corner of your room, now's the time to take advantage of them! Flip through a few pages to find your favorite images of sceneries, celebrities or more. Once you've determined a set of pictures you like, cut them out and stick them onto a cork-board. A tip I have is to stick them all on without a set order, overlapping some of your images on top of one another!

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  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    10mo ago

    This is beautiful!

    This is beautiful!

  • Michelle Wen
    Michelle Wen President of Mogul at Cornell
    10mo ago

    so true! I can only work well if I have a clean workspace. Will defs be experimenting with my workspace using these tips!

    so true! I can only work well if I have a clean workspace. Will defs be experimenting with my workspace using these tips!

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