I wish life wouldn't get in the way of my lifelong learning
January 12, 2014 2:45 PM Subscribe
How do you balance "life" (ie. full-time work, family, chores etc) with hobbies/projects that can't be done in short time periods or occasional bursts of action, but require a longer sustained activity?
posted by gakiko to Grab Bag (11 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
For example, I've been trying to learn Python programming for 3 years. I have a full-time job and a family. My to-do list is as long as my arm. I almost never have more than an hour of free time a day, and that time is divided between all my hobbies and my social life (as pathetic as it is, these days). Whenever I start doing anything Python-related, I go into a black hole of research, programming, debugging etc, which could last for hours, if I didn't have to sleep and take care of my kid and go to work. It takes so much time to pick up where I left off and get back into the zone that it's rarely worth doing it for only an hour or less. And if I do limit myself to a shorter time period, I get frustrated by the lack of progress. (Especially because I usually get stuck somewhere and don't manage to solve the problem before the time is up.) Of course, this means I only do it occasionally, which in turn means that in the meantime I forget half of what I learned, which means that I have to go back a couple of steps the next time I start...
Anyway, I'm sure there are people out there who, like me, have a job and a family and don't live like 15th century hermits, but, unlike me, still manage to ie. pick up a new programming language, go to evening school, learn a new craft, maybe even hold a second job or work on their startup company, etc etc. If you are one of them, please tell me your secrets!