Glenn's idea to better himself is very good, and I would like to do something similar. However, I'm concerned about how to balance my career and personal life.
Please provide some advice on how to do this in the IT field. Not to discount advice from Men (please DO post some advice), but I would greatly appreciate any advice from Women, in IT, who have successfully been able to find time to keep abreast of changing technology, have personal liesure time, take care of family (I don't have a family, yet, but indeed want one), and still remain sane.
One of the reason why I like my project idea, is since i'm planing on doing incremental development, once I get the project to a certain point, then the project becomes availible to people and at that point I can slow down to what ever pace I want to, and even if stop for a while if I have to.
The first thing I did is I create a huge list of requirements that I want to make version 1.0. (first big release) So my first version will be 0.1. This means that it will have the most basic functionality.
After that, I can sit down with my huge list of requirements, pick out some of them and then proceed to do analysis and design/constuction/testing/implementations. Do that for 2 months, then once thats release I can take another break, or continue.
So once you get a basic functional set developed you can go as fast or as slow as you need to.