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Challenge: Learn One New Thing Today

Most of us know that there's a lot to learn. I'm teaching a class this morning, and even on the subject where I'm the "expert" (that word always makes me nervous!) I still have a lot to learn.

To learn, sometimes I take a class, read a book, or carve out a large chunk of time so that I can fully grasp the subject. But since I've been working, I really don't have a lot of opportunities to do that. Like you, I'm really busy. So what I've been able to learn is to take just a few moments each day and learn something new about SQL Server. I thought I would share that process here.

First, I started with an outline of the product. You can use Books Online, a college class syllabus, a training class outline, or a comprehensive book table of contents. Then I checked off the things I felt I knew a little about. Sure, I'll come back around to those, but I want to be as efficient as I can. I then trolled various checklists to see what I needed to know about the subjects I didn't have checked off.

From there (I'm doing all this in a notepad, and then later in OneNote when that came out) I developed a block of text for that subject. Every time I ran across a book, article, web site or recording on that topic I wrote that reference down. Later I went back and quickly looked over those resources and tried to figure out how I could parcel it out - 10 minutes for this one, a free seminar (like the one I'm teaching today - ironic) takes 4 hours, a web site takes an hour to grok, that sort of thing.

 Then all I did was figure out how much time each day I'll give to training. Sure, it literally may be ten minutes, but it adds up.

One final thing - as I used something I learned, I came back and made notes in that topic. You learn to play the piano not just from a book, but by playing the piano, after all. If you don't use what you learn, you'll lose it.

So if you're interested in getting better at SQL Server, and you're willing to do a little work, try out this method. Leave a note here for others to encourage them. 

Published Wednesday, March 17, 2010 7:07 AM by BuckWoody



Ahmad said:

Leave a note here for others to encourage them.

Add my one vote! :)

April 14, 2010 1:19 AM

Srikanth Katta said:

I agree with the IDEA. Its so useful what is been mentioned. Thanks for reminding it as the SEs can develop their skills by reviewing or knowing the new things.

April 14, 2010 2:53 AM

Hyousef said:

True....Everyday I came across something new about SQL !!

April 14, 2010 8:21 AM

Jerome said:

Good idea, Buck. I think I'll start following it right away..


April 14, 2010 10:02 AM

Maurine said:

Very good idea.  I try to do this, but have not developed an actual plan. That sounds like it would be more effective.

April 14, 2010 1:04 PM

Manoj said:

That was very relevant for a working guys with irregular time in hand. I would like to term it as STI (Systemetic Time Investment) similar to SIP (systemetic Investment Plan). Thanks and yes need to give it a shot.

April 17, 2010 12:20 AM

Hossam Alfraih (a.k.a. SaudiGeek.NET) said:

Great post and I totally agree with Buck Woody.

I will like add one more thing that I am using and it helps me in remembering and organizing those daily new info.. that is using Mind Maps.

Thank you

April 24, 2010 3:43 AM

Sarvesh said:

We will not able to achieve anything unless we want it,so make your mind first and start Learning.  

Thanks :)

October 29, 2010 1:57 AM

RamPrakash said:

Very good idea.  I try to do this

January 31, 2012 2:58 AM
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