Sub-optimal living solution / by Simmon Li

I'm currently caught in this right now. Don't get me wrong, I love my family, but sometimes, I require the peace and quiet that is beyond the capability of my family. Sometimes, I need the level of quiet that is just not possible in a household of 5. Considering I "live" in the living room, sleep on a futon, and have no doors I can close, it becomes increasingly difficult to get anything done when more than one other person is in the house. The low roar of the TV (which is almost always on) or the murmur of a bustling kitchen (which is in use the times when the TV isn't on) constantly serve to pull me out of the mode of thinking and concentration in which I need to be in to work on something academically. I'm one of those people that can't listen to music while I study because I find it distracting, even jazz or classical music. At the end of the day, I don't often post rants (I try not to), but basically, my weekends are shot. If I had projects, I have to get out of the house to do them. I don't mind it once in a while, but it would be so much better if I could just get work done when I was in the mood. I often find myself in this situation. I have a pressing project or a fruitful thought. Let's try to think about it, and hash it out. The TV is on or the hood range or the kettle or something. Parsing dense language becomes even more tedious. I am unable to concentrate on my work because of all the dead NOISE going on around me. TV, talking, kettles, microwaves, pans, rolling boils, or the bake timer. Unable to concentrate, I do something that requires no concentration. Reading the news, playing a video game, or just sitting around doing nothing.

Perhaps I am a low functioning individual, but I find it extremely hard to concentrate on any sort of heavy reading or critical thinking when I have all this noise.