Developers must constantly improve their skills if they are to become successful. The problem is that there are simply too many things to learn and too little time available.
Let’s take a look at a few principles to help us make the most of our learning efforts.
Improvements must be made every day
First and foremost, you need to put in a little effort each day.
- Set aside a time and place each day to learn, build, and practice something new.
- To become twice as good , all you have to do is improve by one percent each day. In order to get into the habit of doing this, some work is required, but once you succeed, it becomes second nature.
Here are a few helpful hints:
- To-do lists for the long and short term
- Creating Reminders for Studying
- Learning in a distraction-free environment
Become an Expert in Your Field
Everyone must have a solid grasp of the technology they are working with in order to succeed.
- If you have a job, your first goal should be to become an expert at it.
- If you’re looking for a job, narrow your search to a specific position.
Invest your time and effort in learning the skills that are most relevant to your job. Both hard and soft skills are covered here.
Diversify your Knowledge
One trick I use is to look at job descriptions that are similar to the one I’m in now and see if there are any areas where I can improve. Mastering the fundamentals is essential before moving on to the next level of development.
Hikes, promotions, and job changes come as a result of mastering your niche.
The more information you have about a potential alternative to your current tools, the better off you’ll be able to make an informed decision. This category includes various databases, frameworks, libraries, and programming languages.
In the workplace, this enables you to make better decisions. It also prepares you for the possibility of having to replace all or part of your tech stack in the future.
Retrospective and re-planning indefinitely
To avoid becoming overwhelmed by the sheer number of technologies to learn and to stay on the right path, it is essential to keep yourself in check.
Take a moment to look back on your journey from time to time. Check to see if there are any changes you can make to improve the efficiency of your time.
Questions to ask yourself:
- Have I improved my skills in the last months?
- Is there any new technology I should get my hands on?
- What are the biggest mistakes I’ve made?