@ Matt - Awesome! It may be a struggle to focus, especially on something like a dry tutorial...I learn so much more easily and quickly when I'm solving interesting problems, but unfortunately haven't found way to construct artificial problems to keep myself going. But since I landed this gig, I've learned SO much because I was just thrown into the thick of things. I'm going to keep plowing through Linux Academy courses to fill in the gaps my job doesn't cover so I can continue with the certification path.
@Jonathan - for me, eating well (I try to minimize carbohydrate intake, as sugar makes me feel foggy and tired), getting as much rest as I can, and various supplements helped. That, and just doing as much as you can each day. Don't tear yourself apart for not dedicating 3 straight hours to straight tutorial work. Just try to do *something* each day, and you'll eventually get there. Maybe not as fast as your counterparts, but you will get there. I had good days where I felt like I made huge progress, and I had bad days where I couldn't even start a video...but I didn't give up.
I was working graveyard shift in a terrible job at the time, and I wasn't making enough money to survive...I knew if I didn't change something, I'd be stuck in crap jobs forever. If you're in a crappy situation too, let that motivate you as much as possible. I also had my son to think of, so maybe it's worth doing for someone you care about. Regardless of how you stay motivated, focused, and moving forward - JUST KEEP GOING.
@Juliet, I'm inspired by your story. Thanks for sharing. I'm also finding that sugar makes me lethargic and 'foggy.' I do a lot more silent trance-like staring out the window when I am digesting something high in sugar or carbs. What's funny is about a month ago I started consciously avoiding sugar like it's poison. Not only did I feel better, sleep better, and was able to retain more of what I learned, I also lost about 10 lbs. I'm going to school full time to get my Bachelor's in Software Development in addition to going through the CSA course which my work is requiring me to complete.