Trying to work, study, or simply concentrate at home can be a difficult task, one that is fraught with procrastination. This is largely because houses aren’t innately designed to be distraction-free. Not only are there a number of entertainment devices but there are also other elements, noises and visual distractions, that can lead the mind astray.
With a little consideration, however, concentration can be worked into a home’s design or, at the very least, a room or two, allowing there to be a space within a property that allows residents to fully immerse themselves in their activity.
One of the biggest disruptors of concentration is noise. However, to say this isn’t so simple because while some noise, such as vehicles passing by, can lure our attention away, other noises, such as ambient music, can help us to concentrate.
Figuring out the distinction between these two types of noise and learning what works for your personal space is important. Ensure that a room has minimal, unwarranted noise, either with soundproofing or double-glazed windows. Small levels of outside noise can be overpowered with music, making speakers or headphones a generally good addition to a space.
Whether you need to escape the calamity of a central home or move away from a streetside facade, finding a distance, one between your space and activity, is important. A great way to get around this is to create your own private space. This can be accomplished by constructing an outbuilding or by choosing to buy log cabins and summer houses, each of which gives a garden its own room distant from a central living space.
For those without gardens within which to create their own privacy, distance must be found in other ways. Some may find use from their attic or cellar, both of which offer a degree of isolation, but some must simply settle for closed doors in rooms situated furthest from central and social rooms.
One of the reasons that humans will become prone to distraction is discomfort. Take, for example, cinemas. If they do not offer comfortable chairs and cosy atmospheres, the audience will become discomforted and distracted. The same considerations should be made at home.
Be sure to invest in high-quality seating and, for those working professionally, an ergonomic or comfortable desk that is conducive to regular and prolonged sessions on a computer.
Design, especially colour, is an important factor in concentration. While some might prefer bold colours in their homes, these bright and exciting tones can actually lead to stimulation and energy. While this might be beneficial for those wanting to generate creative ideas, for others it can be too overwhelming.
Muted and serene colours work well, not only creating a calming atmosphere free from procrastination but also one of quiet professionalism that will benefit those taking video conference calls. The same also applies to design and decor, so be sure to choose only the aesthetic embellishments that are conducive to your concentration and not the items, such as books and gadgets, that will lead your mind astray.