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    *Games, mostly stuff on my Switch right now. Picked up Persona 5 and Yooka-laylee for PS4.
    *I'll take a trip if I've got time off from work saved up. I fly between California and Tokyo a lot.
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    Fishing, shooting, and other outdoor stuff. Legos with my boys.
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    After getting off work at 4:30pm today, and sitting down to study BGP at 5pm, and finishing by 1:30am with all the re-cabling of the physical rack / creating new topology's to accommodate the concepts being demonstrated / troubleshooting issues on the side (outside of notes) I found a new past time - A nice stiff Windsor and Diet Coke

    No work tomorrow for this guy, so once I drag my hungover butt out of bed it'll be right back to it, but my brain is just completely numb right now so I'm going to celebrate making it so far into studying!

    Cheers!!

    When I finally earn that CCNP R/S, I am taking a vacation somewhere with palm trees and white beaches, and drinks that come with little umbrellas in them!
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    I play computer games, watch anime and series, read (going through all the DnD novels now), work out and looking to start some martial arts and firearms training, I don't want all my skills to be tied to the computer

    Quote Originally Posted by FillAwful View Post
    No kids yet so I find I have a lot of free time. I try to make my other hobbies less tech related for a change of pace so I work out 3 days a week, play on the company softball team, go snowboarding in the winter, hiking, camping. Also, desk jobs will rot your body so this helps.

    The exception is lately I have been participating in Bug Bounties and its been a really challenging and rewarding way to learn. I've only had moderate success with actually earning bounties, but the community is great and I've been learning a ton along the way. Much like many pursuits, its lots of hours of reading, trying, failing, and reading again in search of that moment of awesome when you find something cool.
    That is awesome, recently I've also tried to fit them into my schedule, but I feel a bit lost after the recon phase. I am going through the newly released HackerOne disclosures everyday, and read some blogs about web hacking from successful bug bounty hunters. I've gone through the Web Application Hacker's Handbook and the free Web Hacking 101 from HackerOne, but I still feel lost after doing recon on targets and testing (with no success) obvious input vectors.

    I intend to be more serious about bug bounties, but I have much to study in the meantime, so it's a tough fit.
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    The people whom I've worked with who are the best in the business equally put time and effort into their hobbies. I think it all comes down to not focusing your attention onto something to the exclusion of other hobbies. Spending 2 quality hours a day studying and the rest of the time having fun/working on other pursuits is much more important than studying 5-6 hours a day of low quality study.

    This graphic is also very important to avoid burnout:

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    I laughed at that exhaustion funnel, only because I am trying to double time the ROUTE material to make my current test date of 4/28, I would be at the bottom of the funnel with near dead as the title.

    I actually enjoy studying, it is really like a hobby to me, and once the whether is nice I have a park down the street to play tennis / frisbee golf / walking trails / hit golf balls in the huge open parts of the park.

    I am in MN though, and the weather in the Twin Cities since winter has been absolutely horrific. There has been only a hand full of days that it's nice and sunny that I've been able to get out, but once we start getting nice days, I'll be getting out and about probably daily.

    I have slight insomnia since college, as I worked overnights at a hotel to pay rent and school fee's, and attended classes from 10am - 9pm and tutor / sleep with my head on a desk inbetween my classes that ended at noon and started again at 5pm. So some days I wouldn't sleep at all between studying / working / school, and to this day I have trouble sleeping, and I feel guilt about being awake and not doing something productive like reading a book to study from bed or something.

    I probably get about 2-4 hours of sleep a night, I've been prescribed Trazadone which is like a quick knockout pill that hardly touched me, and it wears off in about an hour so if you don't doze off in that time you are awake with bloodshot eyes til 4am wondering if your going to sleep at all before work - That's when it hits Joylessness / Depression.

    I am not sure how to correct my sleep problem, but I think that causes a LOT of other problems for me like stress during work, study guilt because I am not studying when I am awake, becoming enraged out of nowhere for no good reason, etc.

    I still haven't slept from last night, but on that note, I am completely drained from studying for the last 6-7 hours so I'm going to hopefully go sleep til the afternoon and hopefully it will be nice enough to get out and go suck at playing tennis again or throw a frisbee around.
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    When not studying, I'm labbing and testing programs, watching netflix.
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    I have three distinct hobbies that I absolutely NEED to spend time on or I go downhill mentally and physically:

    I am a songwriter. I spent about a decade playing in rock bands prior to IT. So even now, I spent time in my project studio and release music (although at this stage the only one who listens is probably my wife.
    Photography - I love spending time on my DSLR.
    Softball - I play on a fun team who has been together 10 years now.

    My first kid is on the way, I am sure the percentage of all of these will change considerably....

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    #34
    Change Diapers, Sleep, Work, Play with 3 kids, Drive 3 kids around, pick up after 3 kids, wash 3 kids, and on the rare occasion my wife is gone I will play a game on the PC or Xbone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SweenMachine View Post
    I have three distinct hobbies that I absolutely NEED to spend time on or I go downhill mentally and physically
    ^^^ This this this ^^^

    I'm actually really glad to hear someone who is acutely aware of their need to maintain a balance of their hobbies. For the longest time I'd snap between worlds in my life. I'd spend months on end doing tech stuff to the detriment of physical hobbies like sport, all of a sudden I'd totally burn out on tech and just go full force into sport mode. I believed at the time (a much younger me) that the choice was black or white (you're either full geek or sports jock) but what this was I didn't realise until recently was burn out on both sides and lack of moderation. You can do both, you just need to manage/juggle/balance and not let one side rob the other of time.

    It's kinda like sometimes when troubleshooting something and you rob yourself of a little sleep to try that one last thing (which ends up taking you into the early morning hours). Sometimes you just have to say, NO! sleep is more important and call it a day.
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    Lots of PC gaming for me. I expected it would slow down since college, but so far, it really hasn't... I just get less sleep each night! Also took up oil painting fairly recently after Bob Ross made his debut on Twitch, though I don't do it often because its a 4-5 hour endeavor each time.
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    I used to get drunk a lot when I wasn't working, but that's why I wasn't where I wanted to be. So don't do that. Now I try to balance study and fun. I still go have my fill of beers with my buddies on the weekends, but I have goals now and I'm much more focused. My last job was really awful, so I was at the bar every night after work. That didn't solve anything. Now I've done five certs in five months! Playing Football Manager 2017, STEEP, GTA V, The Division, and Euro/American Truck Simulator with a bit of regularity, too. I still love Steam!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkNewb View Post
    I used to play golf alot, workout, play guitar... Then the wife and I had a kid. Now I don't know what free time feels like anymore.
    Haha. I can definitely relate to this. Working out is still a go though, because the gym has daycare. Will play video games sometimes, or watch a show that I've needed to catch up on. Most of the time lately though, it's just been studies and work.
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    Well, for context I sleep 6-7 hrs a day, work avg. 9 hrs a day not including lunch hour.

    I go to the gym or play basketball 4-5 times a week.
    Play video games, nowhere near as much as I'd like.
    Spend time with my wife, this is most of my "free" time.
    Netflix and youtube.
    Try to study, honestly I may only be averaging about 5 hrs a week now a days.

    I'm working on improving my health so that I'm able to perform and just feel a lot better. I remember when I weighed 60lbs less and everything was much easier. I think the heavier weight just makes every activity seem more tiring than it should be. I've been improving on it though.
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