Why is it so hard to find time to get grant management training? (Or any type of career development training, if it comes down to it?)
The number one excuse? Lack of time
Sure we’re all busy rushing to complete the latest project and handling several “number one” priorities each day. However, if you promise yourself to take a little bit of time each day-even if it’s 10-15 minutes, by the end of the year you will have had the equivalent of a full week of training-to improve your job performance, career prospects, or just increase your skill level.
5 Ways to Find Time to Improve Your Job Skills and Career Prospects
1. Get to Work 15 Minutes Earlier
We all have good intentions, but once the workday starts, we all get busy. Try getting to work 15 minutes before the rest of the office and devoting that time to improving your job skills.
2. Ignore email (and Facebook) for 15 minutes each day
Have you ever tracked how much time you spend checking email, Facebook and the other time distractors each day? Declare a media-free zone for 15 minutes each day while you concentrate on learning new information, or making a complex topic clearer.
3. Make it a daily routine
It is much harder to maintain a habit you don’t do daily. Think of how much easier it is to keep the habit of brushing your teeth every day, than to go for an hour-long walk each weekend. Move learning from your to-do list to part of your daily routine and you’ll find it soon becomes second nature.
4. Schedule the time
Yes, this means put the time on your planner, calendar, phone and stick to it. You wouldn’t ignore an appointment to get your teeth cleaned. Schedule the time each day to expand your mind and job prospects.
5. Say No to Distractions
One of the hard parts about training in-house is the many distractions that occur during your work day. Signal that you are not available by closing the door, putting on the headphones, or posting a do-not-disturb sign. Don’t forget to communicate that you’ll be available again in 15 minutes.
Remember, an investment in grant management training can save you time in the future as problems can be averted before they occur. Improving your skills can also create more opportunities for career advancement, not to mention the personal satisfaction of becoming the expert in your field.
Training is a portable investment in you that no one can take away in uncertain times. Get started today.
P.S. Team up with a colleague. Our January 2013 special: Buy One Grant Management Boot Camp Bundle Get One Free ends Thursday. Don’t miss out!
Lucy Morgan CPA, MBA
CEO, Compliance Warrior