Ok, so in part 1 we learned all about goals and the importance of goal setting. Then in part 2 we put action steps to those goals to accomplish them and found some friends/colleagues/peers/mentors who could help hold us accountable. Now, let’s accomplish those goals within the confines of our workdays!
Lastly, think about what additional resources you can use as time-fillers and try to have these queued up in tabs or bookmarks. You likely won’t be busy every second of every day. Often, if you’re stuck on a task and no one is free to assist, or you’re waiting for code review, etc. you can often find yourself with 30 minutes or little bits of time here and there to learn. Find the folks that talk about you’re learning goals on confreaks, figure out some good blogs to check out or blog posts to read when you have time. I honestly don’t recommend books because if you’re trying to learn during work and just have bits and pieces of time here and there I find it difficult to follow and keep momentum going with a book, but if it works for you then have a book handy as well! Find some not-super-time-consuming code exercises (like Project Euler or old code challenges from technical interviews) that you can use to practive. Discover a podcast or 2 that you can listen to when you take a walk or are driving somewhere and note the episodes that relate to what you’re trying to be more proficient at.
In summary, you can incorporate all this learning and complete your goals within the confines of your workday if you stay focused and creative.
In Part 4, you’ll learn how to assess if you’re achieving the goals you’ve set and how to make time, without making time, to figure out what you’ve accomplished and naturally determine what your next goals may include.