I don't mean to question your lifestyle, I'm just saying that it's really hard to focus on skill and technique when your mind is pin-balling around.
To really learn something- to make sure that you totally understand the concept and to insure that your muscles are memorizing the feel of good technique, that requires whole brain concentration.
And if you're curious how much milk is left in the fridge or if out-of-the-blue you suddenly wonder why you didn't see the last electric bill on your bank statement, then you aren't concentrating enough to create long term memories and true learning.
The value of a retreat
Now just wait.
Most people read the word "retreat" and they think private islands in the Caribbean or a ritzy spa in southern California.
But honestly, a coloring retreat could be a room at the Motel 6.
It's not about the scenery or the surroundings that makes for an effective retreat.
It's pulling yourself out of your normal life and breaking your brain away from your usual routine. You don't need scenic alpine sunsets, just the raw difference of being in a new place without your old responsibilities prepares your mind to absorb the lessons.