I often hear people say that they just don’t have the time to devote to continuous learning. That their lives are too busy to be able to contribute to an open source project, much less start their own. That they have too many other commitments to be bothered to read up on the latest tools and technologies.
I think there’s a problem with that logic, because nobody works at 100% efficiency. I’m sure that if you looked hard enough, you would find a half hour in your daily (or even weekly) life for investing in your career. Maybe you can skip watching tonight’s rerun of Seinfeld in favor of reading that article on HTML5 Rocks you’ve been hearing so much about. Or perhaps you can combine your morning run with listening to an episode of ShopTalk.
And if you analyze your routine and still can’t seem to find the time? Then maybe it’s time to rethink your priorities, because it’s probably not a good idea to be putting your career near the bottom of that list. Yes, continuous learning takes both time and effort, but if you don’t have any interest in becoming better at what you do, then why are you doing it in the first place?
How do you integrate continuous learning into your life?