Whether you work for a company or for yourself, your own professional development and training is crucial to staying ahead of the game, fueling your professional hunger, and keeping yourself happy and challenged. With the speed that certain fields develop, this may be especially crucial. Fortunately, there are ways to effectively and efficiently educate yourself. Here are some tips by LifeHacker’s Jason Womack on how to enhance your work skills and knowledge.
Womack recommends beginning each month with a learning project. Focusing on one area, that is breaking your goals into bite-sized pieces, will make your objectives more attainable. Besides, as overwhelming as the bookstore, library, internet, and Amazon can be, the more specific your topic the easier it will be to find that perfect book or learning program to help you along.
Beyond books, which Womack reminds you don’t need to be read completely to remain helpful, magazine and newspaper articles of interest should be kept in a special folder to peruse in quiet minutes or on business trips. While idle on the internet (which, be honest, we all are sometimes), lectures from some of the top business schools in the country can be found on YouTube and iTunes.
Finally, as with many goals — physical fitness, for example — it is important to hold yourself accountable. Tell friends and family and ask them to check up on you. Twitter your progress. Start a blog. If you have reason to continue, you will continue.