How to Find Study Opportunities While Everyone’s at Home

Staying home with the family has been a great opportunity to spend lots of time together. But if you’re trying to study for the contractor licensing exam, you might find all this family togetherness a little unproductive. After all, you need time to focus and a quiet place in which you can study. There are still ways you can carve out a study space, even if your living spaces are packed. Here are a few things you can try.

Find a Quiet Space
When you have a full household, it can be difficult to find a space where you can work in relative peace and quiet. In some cases, you may need to locate a spot that is actually outside of the house. In the past, people might have taken advantage of a coffee shop or library for study. But if that is not an option, you may consider places like the porch or even your car. Wherever you choose, make sure that you have a comfortable place to sit and at least a little bit of space to put books, a notepad or other papers.

Make a Written Study Schedule
If you have to balance your study schedule with roommates’ or family members’ work or school schedules, you may need to put your expectations in writing. It’s tempting to assume that people will automatically know not to bother you. This often leads to frustration when they don’t know what to expect. Instead, figure out how much time you need for study each week. Write down your anticipated schedule and put it in the area where you intend to work. This will let people know that you are busy, so they are less likely to bother you or feel bad about disrupting your flow.

Aim for Slow Times
Few people have a household that is constantly humming all day and night. While you may not necessarily want to be studying at 3 AM, there are certain times of the day when you may be able to maximize your focus and minimize the disruption. Make some observations about the busyness of the household. Do you find that it is loudest in the morning? How about at night? If you have the ability to work around these limitations, you may be able to find times that afford you a better place to do your work and a quieter space in which to do it.

Avoid Getting Too Far Behind
Of course, all of the space allocation plans in the world may not be enough if you don’t plan for one of the biggest productivity killers: procrastination. If you’re the type of person who finds it really easy to get distracted by entertainment or other responsibilities, you should aim to minimize those aspects related to studying. For example, if you aren’t getting as much done as you would like to be, or if you have an exam scheduled that is coming up much sooner than your preparation schedule will accommodate, you may be more likely to put off studying. Instead, think about ways that you can stay on schedule, even if it means that your goals aren’t as ambitious as they could be. This will help you to make studying into something that feels accessible.

Stay Ahead of Other Responsibilities
Similarly, feeling like the rest of your household is falling into disaster so that you can study can make it more difficult for you to focus. The best thing that you can do is find a quiet, uncluttered place to study that presents very few distractions while you are trying to work. But if you cannot get that at the present moment, you may have to try to stay ahead of your other responsibilities so that they do not become distractions. For example, if you are already done with all of your regular work, then you won’t be worrying about getting it done after you study. The same is also true for chores or errands. Staying on top of these tasks eliminates mental clutter and improves focus.

Studying for the contractor licensing exam can happen anywhere, even at home. To learn more about becoming a contractor, contact CSLS today!