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re: Although the emotional context is different, for several years before my kids were in school I was with them most of the day and my time was stretc...
 

Thank you, Practicing Developer. I was frustrated that I was progressing slowly, yet as you pointed out taking care of my grandparents is important to me.

I will use that tip of expecting no more than 15-30 mins of study time and write notes to easily resume. I am typing notes currently but it is not sticking as well as I hoped. I already have my notebook and pen picked out.

Did you use anything specially like tools, methods, or apps to track your daily schedule?

For a while I was using a tool I had built myself for routine tracking, but I no longer use that. Instead, I use a combination of a large legal pad to take notes on paper and some checklists set up in Notion.

I pay attention to what seems to be working and what's not working and write notes by hand throughout the day, and when clear patterns emerge then I go and update my checklists in Notion.

One way to think about this which helped me was that I was trying to design a system of working and living that fit for my situation, rather than holding myself up to some external idea of what the ideal schedule would look like.

So rather than feeling totally frustrated that things weren't the way I wish they could be, I got interested in seeing how I could make little bits of progress here and there and optimize whatever I could.

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