Optimizing your time

One of the most common complaints people have when trying to learn new skills or transition into a new industry is that they don’t have the time to learn. People will talk about wanting to move into the industry and complain about their circumstances for months or even years but they won’t do anything about it because they say that are just too busy.

However, the truth is that if you are really committed to learning the skills and bettering your life you need to make time. This might mean heaving to forgo some nights out with your friends or that cool party but it doesn’t have to!

speed-optimizationThe most time efficient way I’ve found, especially if you really don’t think you have any time in your life to spare (trust me, you do), is podcasts and audiobooks. These are the career transition secret weapon, the big advantage of these is that that you can listen to them while doing other things. So you can learn new skills or brush up on sold skills you might have forgotten while doing otherwise mundane tasks such as commuting and cleaning.

Now, I can believe that there is a small percentage of people who really don’t any extra activates like going out which they could cut from their schedule, but everybody does mundane tasks like cleaning and commuting and so there is no excuse of not having enough time.

A great resource of audio content is plural sight, it has hundreds of courses on a diverse array of topics which you can download and listen to on the go. It also contains exercise files and has a discussion section where you can talk to likeminded learners. Unfortunately, it is a paid service charging 30$/month. I would say that that this is well worth it, and a tip you can use to further minimize the cost is to split the costs with a friend or partner who also wants to learn as multiple people can use one account.

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However, if you want to stay the completely free route then that’s fine too, you can listen to great podcasts like Dain Millers “Start here: web development podcast” and the great “Building a website pro” podcast or many more such as listen here.

There are also many fabulous web apps available for both iOS and android. It would take forever to list all of them and they each have their own UI and focus. So what I recommend is to go into your phone or tablets’ app store and simply type in the name of the thing you want to learn and then just download the top ten results and try them all out. I guarantee you that at least a couple of them will be perfect and match with our learning style.

Now that you have this great resource on your phone, instead of killing time by playing phone games you can make the best of that time learning and improving your future career prospects. It might sound boring but some of the apps are very well designed and I’m certain you’ll end up having as much fun with them as you do with “angry birds” or your phone game guilty pleasure of choice.

Also, there is a certain feeling of accomplishment you get when you know that you are doing something which is good for you that will get from using these apps (and you will never get this from the “angry birds”, where you usually just feel like you have wasted your time after you complete the game).

So, as you can see, lack of time doesn’t need to be an insurmountable obstacle to getting a job in the programming world. Remember, we all have the same 24 hours in a day, the difference lies in how you spend it. I hope that you will take my words and recommendations to heart and start optimizing your time, have fun!

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