How much time do you lose every day on your way to work? Take a moment to think about it and write the result on a piece of paper.
If you live in a crowded city, then you probably lose between one and two hours. That’s 250 to 500 hours lost in a year. This is literally “dead time”. Unless you decide to do something useful with it 🙂 Here’s an idea:
Every working day, try to use 30 minutes of your “dead time” to learn something related to software development.
You can become a better software developer if you use your daily “dead time”. In fact, this is an excellent way to grow as a programmer. Imagine how many new things you could learn if you decide to do something useful with this time. Here are a couple of ideas that worked for me:
- listen to a tech podcast (ideal if you are driving)
- watch a video tutorial on Pluralsight or YouTube
- get up to date with the latest programming trends by reading articles on the net
- read a book on your favorite programming topic
These are just a couple of activities that I have tried during my daily commute using the subway. I was surprised by how much you can learn in 30 minutes per day. It helped me to stay up to date with technology and it made my commutes more exciting.
You could also use this learning method with other activities that cost you a lot of time. Each activity that does not require you to be focused is a good candidate:
- going out to walk your pet
- doing groceries
- exercising at the gym
In the end, persistence will make the difference. I dare you to regain 30 minutes of your “dead time” each day and learn something new. You will become a better software developer in the process 😉