I am a total noob too, but I'm lucky and am able to spend 35+ hours a week learning: a couple hours in the morning, a mid-day break for my actual p/t work, and then mid afternoon until I tap out at night. This is my life six days a week. I'm approaching learning as my fulltime job while I work very part time, and I know I am so fortunate to be able to do this.
At any rate, at some point every day I usually get to a point where I need a break away from the computer. This is when I put headphones on and listen to tech podcasts on my phone while I cook, wash the dishes, go for a walk, run errands, whatever. I also will put on youtube videos while I'm doing little chores around the house (folding laundry, tidying the house). It's a good way to sneak in a couple more hours per week getting some good exposure to the field. With your daughter, maybe you'd be able to find some time to listen to a podcast or two each week while the two are you are doing your thing or she's otherwise occupied??
I think I might just have to see it as altering my study time when im busy running errands as audiobook or podcast time. When i get some quit time change it can change it to reading or practical application time. It would definitely help to be more in a routine type of flow as oppose to letting myself get to busy and pushing it off to another day. Thank you , I think I should just find a different way o learning and just finding away to add it to my routine. I really appreciate you taking the time to help give some friendly advice =)
I'm glad to be helpful if I can!
Your comment made me think of something else too! I used to have similar issues with being really busy but not really accomplishing much (although without caring for a human, so probably way different!). Last year, for about four months I used a bullet journal every day. It helped me to really distill daily goals and focus my time. It completely transformed my productivity. Then, after a while I realized I didn't need it anymore. I happened to read the 12 Week Year at about that time, and now I use that method for goal setting and prioritizing how I spend my time daily and weekly. Even when I am super busy with life, I am still marching consistently towards my goals.
(Bullet journals can be a bit overwhelming... this is the article I used to start mine: buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/how-to-... Mine was not pretty or fancy, it was functional and it was great!)
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