Because the web is constantly changing it is important for web professionals to learn and be aware of new technologies and methods being created. Roger Johansson over at 456 Berea Street wrote the article “A web professional can never stop learning,” and in it he says that those who “insist on using outdated methods can no longer be called web professionals.”
I am definitely not a web professional, (yet) but I want to become one and I agree with him 100%. Web professionals should always be making their best efforts to stay up-to-date and informed of the new technologies being produce almost daily.
How can someone ever learn all there is to know about the web and still get anything done?
Well, for starters, I don’t think you have to know everything there is to know about the web to still be considered a web professional, but I do think you should be learning all that you can when you can for a few reasons. First, this will allow you to provide your clients with high quality websites and other web applications and secondly, it will give you a greater edge over your vast competition. So, to get all the work done that you need to and still have time to learn and tincker with all the cool new web technologies, web professionals must manage their time wisely.
This may seem obvious, but how many people are actually doing this and how many people are doing it effectively? Very few. Recently I’ve kept a notebook with me whenever I’m at school, meetings, or any other important events so that whenever a task is brought to my attention that I need to do, I can write it down in my notebook where I’ll see it later. By doing this I am creating a to-do list of goals that I want to accomplish by the end of each day, week, and sometimes month. After I complete a goal I put a mark next to it and it helps me see what I have accomplished and what still needs to be done.
Write It Down
By writing things down I can literally see what I need to get done rather than just think about all the things I still have to do. When I work, I put my notebook next to my computer and it helps me stay focused on working instead of things that may not be important. When I finish a task I mark it off and move to the next one. What __________ (insert your name) needs to get done is what’s important. You don’t need to check your email right away or even read all your favorite blogs. These things will wait for you to finish what’s important. Basically what I’m trying to say is, wait to do the things that can wait.
These methods have helped me manage my time more efficiently and are not perfect for everyone. Find what works for you and do it (just don’t take too long looking because you have more important things to do). It is so important for web professionals to be able to stay focused because there is always something that they can be learning. Maybe that’s why I like the web so much. I don’t know. But it doesn’t matter because you have more important things to be doing than reading this.