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How do you find a time for...

Hey guys. I wanted to ask how do you find a time after work for :

1) learning from scratch some technology 2) practicing it

Imagine you are working in IT and after 8h you come to home and would like to do something but you are too tired and exhausted. Also imagine you are not working in a company which satisfies you but you also know that you can't leave (market in your country is small etc).

What do you do ?

8 Answers

Robert Bojor
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Robert Bojor
Courses Plus Student 29,439 Points

Hi Mike,

I was pretty much in the same situation as you last year. I was coding websites for 8-10 hours per day but really wanted to get ahead with iOS. I usually spent 1-2 hours to relax after work ( playing some games, walking the dog or cooking - whatever relaxes you) and then start learning something new for another 1 - 2 hours. Most of the learning was done over the weekends. It wasn't easy, believe me, but slowly slowly I managed to learn it and use it.

After 6 months like that I actually quit my job and started freelancing iOS development and some PHP when there's pauses in the iOS jobs. I would not recommend this step unless you know you have some back-up support - your own place so you don't pay rent, a spouse that understands you and is willing to support this for a few months while you get your freelance services up and running.

Hi Mike,

Personally I get up about 3-4 hours before going into work (which means I'm in bed around 9 pm). I do this for a few reasons. The first being that the wife and kids are still in bed, which means the house is quiet. 2nd I'm awake and refreshed from a good 6-7 hours of sleep, which makes it easier to focus on the tasks that I want to complete. Try giving this a shot.

Cheers,

  • A
Michael Seney
Michael Seney
3,036 Points

I'm going to really try this. Solid advice.

Michael Seney a few us of have a group on Slack to help each other out. Feel free to follow me on twitter and I'll send a message with the details.

Matheus G Oliveira
Matheus G Oliveira
9,682 Points

Everything is about organizing yourself.

I just set for me as a goal that 1 hour a day makes a lot for my learning, and when i get tired i really just go out, play videogames, check my preferred sites and everything. There was things i gave up (so as twitter, facebook, even whatsapp) and i am really, really enjoying my life without it.

Also, the good thing is that most of the days i study more than the 1 hour and sometimes i spend the night on.

My next goal now is to start going to gym. hahaha

Matheus makes a good point. There are things you will need to give up. +1 for dumping Facebook. I did that a few years ago.. life is so much better without it.

Sander de Wijs
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Sander de Wijs
Courses Plus Student 22,267 Points

Hey Mike,

You should first find out what kind of learning system fits best for you. If you can commit yourself to learning a few hours every day, follow the advices of Aaron and Robert. Personaly I need a few days in a row to learn something.

When I started out learning at Treehouse last year it was during the holiday season. I used that time to learn as much as I could about (web)design. In the following months I did a few projects for clients so I could apply my new skills in practice. Whenever I ran into something I didn't know, I would use the Treehouse courses for reference.

If you don't feel happy or get satisfaction in your daytime job as you say, it can be uplifting to learn new skills. So why not make learning at Treehouse a feel-good experience?

Liam Hammersley
Liam Hammersley
7,991 Points

I am in a very similar position to you Mike as from the sounds of it a lot of people that utilise Treehouse.

As Matheus said it is all about organisation. I getup in the morning go to work, an hour in via train work my 8.5 hours then travel home another hour on the train. Then when I get home I go for a run to reinvigorate myself. I have found the run, even a short 30 minute run, will wake me back up and get the blood flowing and ready to study again. Then I do as much study as I can, usually it is only a module but I try to get at least 30 to 45 minutes of study in before I cook tea and relax for the evening. Doing this every day has got me into a great routine and with the runs included I am even starting to loose some weight and get my fitness back to what it used to be 10 years ago.

Ivana Lescesen
Ivana Lescesen
19,442 Points

Hi, if you are interested join my slack team coddingtogether.slack.com

just leave your email :)

I'd like to join :) aaron at Mav3r1ck.io

p.s Check out http://ios-developers.io

Liam Hammersley
Liam Hammersley
7,991 Points

I'd like to join. liam(at)liamjh.com