Six reasons you should treat yourself to a new study

There's plenty of research that absolutely justifies spending money on overhauling or creating a study space in your house. And with more of us taking advantage of working from home arrangements with our employers, the time is nigh. Science, money, your health - there are so many factors besides rampant consumerism that mean you really deserve, nay need, it.

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Because: Science

Researchers at Princeton University published a study that proved that messy, disorganised study spaces impact the brain's ability to process information, focus and learn effectively.

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According to Unclutterer, clutter in or around your desk "competes for your attention in the same way a toddler might stand next to you annoyingly repeating, 'candy, candy, candy, candy, I want candy…'. Even though you might be able to focus a little, you're still aware that a screaming toddler is also vying for your attention. The annoyance also wears down your mental resources and you're more likely to become frustrated."

Basically you NEED to invest in stylish storage solutions in your study if you're going to get stuff done.

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Because: Psychology

A colour study conducted back in 2009 showed that the colours we surround ourselves with can impact on our work. Want to be more creative? Paint your walls blue. After accuracy? Red is your colour.

To quote the New York Times, "colours affect cognitive performance because of the moods they engender."

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Because: Productivity

Loving how your work space looks can have immediate and powerful effects. A  2010 study involving 47 office workers in London who were asked to redesign their offices however they liked resulted in them being 32 per cent more productive than a group not given this opportunity.

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Because: Cash

Just given your office an overhaul? Well, come July you may be entitled to claim some of that money back. Deductions for home office expenses including a computer, phone or other electronic device are okay by the ATO, but obviously ensure you read the fine print over at their site first.

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Because: Health

When you're working from home you'll often find yourself propped up on your bed, couch or kitchen table. That's convenient enough but it's not an ideal situation for your back and neck that (even if you don't know it) craves comfort and support.

Investing in a desk and chair that can be adjusted can solve you all sorts of health problems in the long-term. There's a good set of guidelines here.

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Because: Stress

If money is tight but you want to do a little something to brighten up your working space, try an indoor plant or two. According to 99U, "Research has repeatedly shown that the presence of office plants has a range of benefits including helping workers recover from demanding activities and lowering stress levels."

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