I never thought I had enough time to learn and develop when I was single. Then I got married and had less time. I still thought I didn't have enough time, then I had kids and I had even less time. Then my job took more of my time and I really thought I had no time. Yet, I was still able to go back to get my degree (full time online while working a 60+ hour a week job, wife, kids, etc.) and get perfect marks while doing so.
Now when I start to think I have no time, I just smile. There is always time, it is just a matter of how you choose to spend it. If you spend an hour a day watching TV, you could spend an hour a day improving yourself instead.
Personally, I watch training videos while I clean the dishes. I also listen to audiobooks while driving and doing other mindless tasks. Finally, I spend time each day studying after my wife and kids are in bed. It means less sleep for me, but the end result is that I progress in my career while others struggle to find time.
I work 10 hours a day at work and another 4-5 hours at home. On weekends I put in about 12 hours a day. I don't sleep more than 6 hours of sleep a night. Almost all my time is spent doing new development (vs. maintenance).
Good question. I spent the first dozen years of my career at large companies and led a mostly 9-5 existence while taking advantage of the free training and growth opportunities that existed at the time. In 2000, I started working at early stage companies and have been in startup mode ever since. The hours are long, the work is fun, and I find myself always learning something new every day, be it technical or otherwise. Three of the companies I've worked at have enjoyed successful acquisitions, while the others crashed and burned. Nevertheless, the lessons learned from these experiences and the friendships and contacts I've gained have proven to be very valuable, so I guess I'm... stuck in a rut.
I agree, there is more to life than work. I just haven't yet found what that is.
If work is what you enjoy doing I say keep doing it Just don't be a slave to it...
Anyway, you do choose to work this much. Not having time is still not a valid excuse in my opinion, you simply choose to spent it working (at least most of the time)