Imagine you're living in a noisy environment. It means.
- You're in a flat in block of flats surrounded closely by other block of flats
- There is a play ground under your window where children and their parents still play and talk loudly
- You're in a room that is sound transparent - It means that you hear everything in the kitchen next to the room and the neighboring room from the left
- The room from the left and the kitchen are full of people (roommates and their guests) talking all the time when I'm here.
- There are other distracting noises like elevator still moving up and down (makes very unpleasant sound when somebody presses the button to move), noisy refridgerator, trains
- Near to the flat there is a construction site where you can hear jackhammer and other industrial tools frequently.
The question is simple
- You want to read technical literature with many unknown concepts and ignore the environment
- There is no problem with programming for me. I can concentrate fully on problem solving but have only problem with reading.
- You can't move for three months.
I have already tried ear plugs which is not good for me (as well as relaxing music or white noise) and I can't afford expensive head phones or completely make my room sound proof by some materials.
I also don't want to travel to the library all the time.
Could you advise me some techniques helping with concentration when reading in this uncomfortable environment? One zen friend told me that everything is about attention. So don't pay attention to everything else than reading. But he's away and he didn't tell me how.
I don't have problem with programming because I have zest for solving something. Can I transform the reading material with some reading technique into a game or solving puzzle or something?
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