Taking Action on a New Philosophy
Of course, all of this is lot easier said than done. Plus, it can be pretty tough to determine the best use of your time within your self-chosen constraints. Let’s look at a few common examples.
I know I’m taking the risk of sounding like one of those annoying ads for online education, but have you been thinking about going back to school and getting a graduate degree? If you’ve been putting it off because you don’t have the time or money to jump all the way in, consider other alternatives. Maybe you could just take a single class – or even audit a class.
Does that still sound like too much? What about making an appointment to talk to the professor of a class you’re interested in, and seeing if it would be okay for you to attend informally once or twice a week. If the class schedule conflicts with other obligations, check into self-study options. You can always buy the textbook for the course to read on your own, and many professors will be happy to give you copies of their notes. Sure, you may not get official credit for what you learn, but you’ll still have the knowledge – and that’s the important thing, right?
Perhaps you’d like to get more involved in the project management community, but don’t have the time to join a local group. Maybe you don’t even want to join an online group, because “joining" seems like too much of a commitment. Instead, you could try taking part in activities like PMChat now and then. If you’re not comfortable joining the conversation, you can still quietly follow along and learn a lot from the others who are participating.
Sharing Your Knowledge
Maybe you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, but you’re worried it will take too much effort. Instead of diving all the way in, don’t worry about looking for a Web hosting service and plunking down the cash for your own domain. Pick out a free service like Blogger or WordPress and just start posting. Not only are these services easy to use, but they’re extremely scalable. Plus, you can always migrate your blog to a new site later on, if and when you decide to expand your efforts.