Regardless of whether you want to develop professionally or want to change jobs, you need time in each of these cases. I’m constantly developing towards a Web Developer and if you have been following me for some time, you know that I have been working in this direction for over a year. Where do I get the time for this? About this in today’s post.
In the beginning, the obvious thing: each of us has the same amount of time at our disposal. However, when we reflect on how it is possible that some people do more at the same time and achieve more, we start to wonder how is this possible?
I don’t know what it looks like in your case, or in any other case except mine, so I will focus on what’s works in my life.
Let’s start by realizing that if you work full-time, and you want to sleep well, you use 16 hours daily for this thinks. In addition, the morning and evening toilet takes about 1.5 hours, and traveling to work another 1.5 hours. Still, 5 hours left. Well, quite a lot of time. Weekly we have 25 hours available from Monday to Friday.
Great, but how much time we really need?
There are many different opinions on this topic. Starting with the fact that even half an hour of work on a topic daily will lead you to success, finishing at the point that 20 hours a week is an absolute minimum. It all depends on you.
For example, I learn programming every other day in the evenings and on some weekends. Before that, I worked in the daily learning mode. It is said that the best time for personal development is in the morning. You get up in the morning and somewhere between breakfast and going to work, you organize your time for development. Is it working? Yes. You get up fresh, the mind absorbs knowledge like a sponge. The downside is that you are not able to extend your morning development time because you finally have to go to work. Personally, it made me very nervous. When I get into the flow, I don’t want to stop because I need to go to work. I have transferred these hours to the evening. Now the flow ending when I’m exhausted 😉
There is one more element to increase your chances of success. This element we can describe as: “make decisions here and now”. Hundreds of books could be written on this subject, but the truth is, quick decision-making can be learned. How to start? It is worth realizing that you can withdraw from almost any decision. Sometimes this has dire consequences, but you still have the option to withdraw. This approach should help you make decisions faster. On the other hand, the lack of decision leads you to a point where someone else makes your decisions. It almost always leads to unpleasant consequences. Well, I don’t know about you, but I prefer to make my own decisions. Even if they are wrong and don’t lead to the goal, I know that each decision allows me to develop myself and each decision teaches me something.
To sum up, if you want to develop in your current profession, or you need to gain knowledge and experience to change jobs, look carefully at what you do during the day. Where (apart from your current work and sleep) you spend the most time. Then consider when you will have time for yourself. Even half an hour a day makes a big difference throughout the week, month, and year. Finally, don’t be afraid to make a decision that may lead you to where you want to be.