I'll tell you what THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD THAT I''M SURE OTHERS WOULD AGREE! When you work at a job eight hours a day and stare at a computer screen, you don't want to go home and stare at another screen!!!
This is the downside of the wonderful DAW that is Ableton--as well as others--it's another computer program.. I stare at spreadsheets all day and cells and formulae and also word documents and --- we'll, by the time I get home--I'm sick of the computer!!!
Perhaps I need to get in another line of work??? Also, on the weekends, I find myself wanting to get outside, ya know? in the fall and winter it's more easier, but in springtime and summer, you wanna get out and do things-- you know--hang out with the your girly and such. I might also add that its not healthy to be sitting staring at a screen for eight hours just to come home and sit and stare some more! So, what do I do??? Well, I try and do some dabble here and there and fit it into my life. The good thing, though, is there's plenty for hardware to use instead of just sitting and staring at a screen. I really also appreciate all these little mini things in recent years-- you know, like the iPhone, iPad-- all the apps, and stuff like the Microbrute!!!! The Microkorg!!! and Bass Station II!!!
All this new and affordable hardware really helps!!! Any hardware really! You can sit on the couch or lounge around and get some rough ideas or thoughts and then later put them on the screen. I guess I'll always love hardware and its intimacy and immediacy.