The pressures of life

There have been some interesting changes in patterns of social life over the last few decades. It used to be common for one parent only to work; now more than half of families have both parents in employment. And, of course, the working week has grown insidiously from a reasonable 40 hours to an elastic 50 or 60.

Televisions, computers, computer games, and mobile phones have come to dominate many homes. Watching television is the core ritual for many families, where having breakfast and supper together and playing family games were dominant rituals in the past. While most people once knew and trusted their neighbors, today we are likely not to know them and to be worried about the noise they make. This is not a lament for the past, but a reminder of the social context in which learning sits.

A key issue for you when you try to set aside time for learning at home, at work, or anywhere else is your ability to create an environment where you can be free from real-world intrusions. This is as important for the adult learner as it is for a teenager struggling to complete their homework.

How do you manage this in your family social life?

How To Accomplish More In A Fraction Of The Time

How To Accomplish More In A Fraction Of The Time

The pace and intensity of our lives, both at work and at home, leave several of us feeling like a person riding a frantically galloping horse. Our day-to-day incessant busyness too much to do and not enough time; the pressure to produce and check off items on our to-do list by each day’s end seems to decide the direction and quality of our existence for us.

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