How can I fit in professional development into my busy schedule?
I have been working on a startup on the side and keep thinking that it might be helpful for me to take some business courses, particularly around marketing and product development. However, it is the first thing that I always cut out of my busy schedule. How do others fit in professional development?
Professional development is crucial to staying current but there are other options instead of fitting in entire classes and coursework. Charity work can be business related and experience that can develop skills if you can find one that will let you contribute from your background level needs. Reading lists for current business topics that interest and enrich your personal applications of new business thought and knowledge also are places to invest extra pennies. News items related to your field and expanded interest online can give you some directions to explore. Skill developments and level raising credits build through workshops and seminars or conferences as well. Good luck and expand your horizon for options....
Besides live in class courses many colleges are offering professional development courses on line, so can take the course at home. These same college offer these course in the evenings as well. Finding the time is always the roadblock or so we think. If this startup is important to you - if looking for it to one day be your primary source of income - then you must make the time. When realtors speak to Location, Location, Location....we must speak to Planning, Planning and Planning.
I think you should go for marketing courses if you have time otherwise you can ask any one of your friends to help you specially those who are working in marketing - you can save time & money , you need to be practical to get the work done .
Rob wrong question. The right question is rather how can you not fit professional development into your busy schedule. Your earning ability is based on your ability to get results which is based on your level of knowledge and skills. If you are not growing your core competencies to enable you to take on additional responsibilities resulting in increased results, you are at best standing still at worst dying.
Remember the advice, if you work on your job, you'll make a living. If you work on yourself, you'll make a fortune.
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My education and personal development came from reading books! Sounds a bit old fashioned ... and it works. The book that made it work for me The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. It taught me that if I wanted to learn then I made time available. I set my alarm 30 minutes earlier than normal and completed her 12 week course. I followed this with The Artist's Way ay Work and have continued on. You can't make or manage time you can only control what you do with the time. If personal development is important then create time to give yourself a fabulous gift.
Rob, One thing to remember is that EVERYONE has the same number of hours in a day. I automatically schedule periodic blocks of time just to learn more about my business. Another thing to consider is that a lot of professional development is offered online now and is paced so you can begin a course or workshop and finish at your leisure. I would consider setting aside time on a regular basis where you intentionally opt for some professional development activities. The more you learn, the better a business owner you will be.
my recomendation is to either follow an "execution focused" on-line program (personally among the best I rank Thunderbird in Phoenix and Chartered Institue of Markeing in London) so to inoculate them in your spare time agenda, or even more effectively get the help on expert who does not simply provide advice on the decision to be taken, but even explains the background behind them.
I definitely avoid a "self-made" training.
For your reference I've published a couple of presentations that may give you a flavour of may wish to look for.
More than happy to discuss it separately.
All my Best,
Professional development is the first thing that you should add to your schedule.
Evaluate how you spend your time and carve some time for your personal development; as you learn more about what you need to know you will be glad you took the time to take the classes you need. An easy way to go about it, it take on line classes in the convenience of your office or home office.
Marketing and sales is critical to your business. Therefore, your marketing and product development is essential to your business. This means BLOCK out the time in your calendar. Just do it.
Consider one-on-one business coaching. Often times the "Do It Yourself" method are not as successful as one-on-one coaching. This is because the "do it yourself" or self-study method is easily cut out of your schedule. But if you are making a commitment with a business coach or business mentor - you are more likely to take it seriously.
If you decide to take Do It Yourself classes or self-study online courses, make sure you have an study partner or accountability partner. Making commitments to someone other than yourself increases your success of actually blocking that time and investment.
Lastly, if its important to you - it needs to be on the calendar. Block out time to market your business; block time for exercise; block time to business network. Allow your day-to-day activities fill in the rest of the time AROUND the blocked/scheduled time. If you make these things your imperatives - you will have the time. Right now - you are just not blocking the time on the calendar - which allows everything else to take you time.