One thing I've done is explicitly blocked time to work on learning. For example, when I jumped in to learn some UX/Sketch work for a previous company (very small, no designated designers), I would block off an hour that would be specifically for that work. No email, no slack, no code review, just two 25-minute chunks of learning with a break in-between. I would also usually come in a little early and knock it out first thing in the morning, since a) that was the time when there were the fewest distractions and b) then I could check it off my TODO list and not have to worry about it for the rest of the day.
More recently, at a larger company with more meetings, I've found that explicitly blocking time/space to work on something can be really helpful for heads-down learning.
Side note: I've also found that having the goal of sharing with my team (via informal tech talks) is a tremendous way to learn and to stay diligent.
Unless you are at the early stages of your career, I don't see how you can justify learning during work time. Aren't you paid to complete your assigned tasks?
You absolutely can justify learning during work time.
If _you_ don’t feel like it’s real work, try taking notes or writing a primer on the topic. Now it’s “legit” and potentially a new resource for your team.
I really wondered if more people have this issue. and if anyone managed to resolve this.