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Getting Ahead without Getting Behind.

I work a full-time job (that I don't particularly enjoy), have a wife and little girl (that I do enjoy), and am going to school online full-time. GTD is helping me to make the best use of my available time, but it doesn't seem like enough. My someday/maybe list is growing increasingly longer, and my career is at a stand still until I finish school. I want to switch careers, more specifically I want to develop web applications with Ruby on Rails(RoR). Currently though, I don't have the spare time needed to devote to RoR. My job is barely paying the bills, so I can't save up a reserve to quit work for a while and develop full-time. I refuse to give up what little family time I have, PERIOD! And with school, I don't have the time to pickup any projects that require more than a couple hours of work a week. By 11:30 I am exhausted, and the 30 minutes or so that I have free at that time is usually less than productive. My day job is becoming more and more frustrating. I don't think I will be able to continue this job, and full-time school for the 4 years that is needed to complete my degree. So, how can I get ahead without getting behind? I am running out of ideas, but know that something has got to change.

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Berko, I am in fact going


I am in fact going to school for CompSci, but am only taking gen ed classes atm. So not many chances to tie in RoR during school, although I will every chance I get later on.

My lunch breaks at work are only 30 minutes, so even throwing the food down my throat I might only get 20 minutes. Which gives me just enough time to get into the groove right before I have to go back to work. And unfortunately my job is a strict 40 hours, IT Technician. Everyday I leave with tickets still open, so getting my work done then doing my own thing is not really possible. Unless of course I slack off and try to do it without anyone knowing, which I would rather not.

I had never thought of interning, I have always assumed it was little or no pay. But I live in a small town where living expenses are relatively cheap, so maybe I can find something remote that will allow me a more open schedule for roughly the same pay.

Thanks for the ideas. Shay




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