In any work space, one goal is to be as productive as possible. To achieve this, it’s necessary to create spaces keeping your learning style in mind. Your learning style is the way you best receive and process information.
The three main learning styles are Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic. This article is number three in a series, so click on the links if you missed one of the other styles.
If you don’t yet know your learning style, start by taking this quiz. Once you know your learning style, you’ll be able to see how your spaces are helping or hurting your intake of new ideas and productivity. You’ll get ideas on how to create a space that works for you and open up to a new world of possibilities. We’re more productive, focused, and happy when we’re in a space that complements our learning style.
Today, we’re talking about kinesthetic learners!
As a kinesthetic learner, you learn by DOING things. You process information best when you’re able to move and feel. Rather than learning best through seeing or hearing new information, you’re able to absorb it when you are more tactile and hands-on. You might enjoy trying new things, staying in motion, and jumping in to figure out challenges.
How do you create a space conducive to kinesthetic learners?
Try an alternative desk: Say goodbye to your old seated desk and try a standing one instead (or even a more active option). Another idea is replacing your office chair with alternative seating like an exercise ball. Allowing a physical component into your space gives you the ability to move and can help you focus.
Put an idea board on the other side of the room: This not only helps you get ideas out of your head and written down, it also allows you to move and walk to get to it. Crossing things off this list and the action that goes into it can be appealing.
Tackle work in segments: Rather than forcing yourself to do all of your work at once, break it up. Complete each segment of work and then reward yourself with time away from your desk. Some rewards that may appeal to kinesthetic learners are things like a quick stretch or a short walk.
Add texture to your decor: As a kinesthetic learner, you’re drawn to different textures. Add in new textures such as different cloth, wicker, leather, and more. Even using pens with thicker grips adds dimension and texture.
Schedule tasks during your peak energy time: More than any other learning style, it’s important to identify when your energy peaks and plan your schedule accordingly.
Want to talk more in depth about what this looks like for your space? As with all of my client work, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Working one on one with me will allow us to dive into your unique learning style and how it affects your life.
Thanks for reading. I hope you are able to take away some helpful tips for your space! As always, feel free to pass this along to any kinesthetic learners you know.
Until next time,
Kerry Thomas, Conquer the Chaos