In order to achieve the goals in your learning plan you will want to work on them continuously. But even if you haven’t created a learning plan, then it is still a good idea to make a point of learning something regularly everyday – or at least putting yourself into a position where you might learn serendipitously.
So how long should you spend on your own professional learning every week? The CEO of AT&T recommends 5-10 hours a week.
But even if you spend just 30 minutes a day on what I refer to as a “daily learning workout”, even that small amount of time can be very effective. After all that’s the recommended time you are supposed to spend exercising every day! And just 30 minutes a day adds up to 2.5 hours a week or 10 hours a month or around 100 hours a year – which is equivalent to around 10-12 (conventional) training days! Which would you prefer to do – Organise your own continuous professional learning in this way, or sit in a classroom?
What will you learn? How will you do it?
Well if it’s not tied to your ILP, then you might just like to have some daily dose of bite-size learning sent directly to you – so you don’t have to go out and find something each time, e.g.
- A daily tip of the day from a blog or tweet, e.g. Management Tip of the Day
- Some bite-size content from the EdCast knowledge channel
- A 15-minute insight summary on the Web, or delivered to an iOS or Android device from Blinkist
- Watch a random TED Talk
- Read a random article on Wikipedia
- Play A Google-A-Day where Google asks a question and you put your search skills to the test.
When will you do it?
It might be a good idea to set aside the same time each day so that you get into the habit of doing it? So set up an alert on your computer or watch.
How will you set up your own daily learning workout? How much time will you spend on it? What will you do? When will you do it? Please share your thoughts in an entry in your Learning Log.