Rabbeinu Yona writes in Shaarei Teshuva, that when people finish work and go straight home, or sit on the street corner and chatter, they are committing a grievous sin, as they are belittling the holy Torah. If they truly believed in the endless eternal reward therein, how could they refrain from running to the beis midrash right after work? People run after every opportunity to earn a few coins even though they know it is all vanity, how can it be they don’t run after this truly golden opportunity?
A person should set aside a special place in his home to learn some halachos, or parsha, or Tehillim, or the meaning of the prayers, and when he finishes work he should go straight to this special place and learn to the best of his ability.
If a person cannot set aside a special place in his home because the children bother him or the like, he should go straight to the beis midrash to learn. He should not pay attention to light-heads who scorn him for his meritorious deed, as the verse states, ‘if you seek it like silver… then you will understand the fear of Hashem, and will find knowledge of G-d’. Just as one would never forego a rare monetary opportunity just because of scoffers, so he should not forego this rare opportunity to achieve thousands of merits within a short amount of time, as King David said, ‘Malicious ones scoffed me extensively, I did not veer from your Torah’. Indeed, even those scoffers will do so only a few times, but after they see their scorn bears no fruit, they will admit the sterling virtue of that person and he will be highly respected, as our Sages taught, ‘whoever honors the Torah will be honored by others’.