Studying when there’s a baby in the house

I’ve written before about the challenges of running a business from home when there’s an infant to look after.

But on top of this, over the last 3 months, I have had a very demanding revision timetable for a vocational exam that happens next week. The exam is extremely important to my business. Basically, it’s the difference between me having a license me to practise as a personal trainer and not having a license

ln order to concentrate on my studies, I’ve had to pull myself away from family life during the evenings and shut myself in our studio room week in, week out.

It feels more than a little selfish to leave F. to look after the baby on her own. And of course it also means I miss out on looking after the baby.

I have been finding it difficult to concentrate on studying with the sound of distractions in the flat or outside (we live in the inner city and there can be traffic and street noise at all times of the day and night)

A solution came from Mrs D. and her experience of handling shotguns.

One of the many cool things about my wife is that, as a undergraduate , she was a member of her
university’s shooting team. The nearest this city boy got to such weaponry was watching The Sweeney. F. still has a pair of the ear defenders used to muffle the explosions. As she used to wear them in exams to help her concentrate, she suggested I try them when studying.

The defenders are like large old fashioned headphones without a cable attached to them. They are intentionally very tight, gripping the side of my head like a vice. Which makes wearing glasses a little uncomfortable. And, whilst they don’t completely completely block the sounds of the outside world, they do help muffle the sounds of the outside world. So I can still concentrate.

I also found that I could wear earbud-style headphones underneath the defenders thus creating a second barrier to outside distractions- it’s like playing music in a soundproofed room.

It feels a little selfish to do this bit needs must and I only have a week more of revising.