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How to Find Time to Learn After Work

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There are tricks to finding available learning time.

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My software developer colleagues often ask me where I do get all the time for reading all the tech books or articles, watching conference talks, and listening to podcasts. I analyzed my consumption of tech-related content for November and December and found that between podcasts, books, audio books, video talks, and plenty of articles online and offline, I'd spent 60 hours for two months or 30 hours per month (seems reasonable). That means around seven hours per week (seems doable) and one hour per day (sounds easy!).

That's one hour per day that has to be available for learning. It's the time between working hours, free time, and sleeping time. Let's call it "duty time." Duty time is the time that we have to spend on all activities we have to do besides your primary work.

There is plenty of time out there that wants to be spent well!

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