otras 23 days ago [-]
I've found that repeated practice and building the habit was very helpful for longer term goals like learning.

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.

CyberFonic 24 days ago [-]
I have worked in small companies where we were given time to study to gain specific certifications. Other than that, as a professional it is focus on work at work and study to extend my knowledge in my own time at home.

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?

malux85 23 days ago [-]
Part of completing your assigned tasks is keeping yourself aware of the ever evolving industry so that your high level tactical and strategic decisions are informed.

You absolutely can justify learning during work time.

gshdg 23 days ago [-]
Are you paid by the hour?
tomerbd 22 days ago [-]
matt_the_bass 23 days ago [-]
If it’s applicable to your role at your company, then it’s just a question of does the learning topic apply to your current priorities. If yes, then totally justified.

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.

gshdg 24 days ago [-]
Are the things you’re learning applicable in your current job?
tomerbd 23 days ago [-]
Yeah, I just have a problem changing focus at work from "work" mode to "study" mode, In work mode, the pace is fast and I get gratification, and interruptions are acceptable. In study mode I don't see any immediate results, and interruptions and noise are much more difficult, also I feel like in work mode I have all the surrounding ready for that, IDE, task manager, commits, design documents, meetings, everything is tuned for fast pace. But in study mode nothing is practically tuned for that. So only at home where I have larger bulks of time, in more rare cases am I interrupted from work than I can really focus and study.

I really wondered if more people have this issue. and if anyone managed to resolve this.