- Journal Everyday. On a notebook (not computer). Why? It helps you reflect on your day strengthening neural circuits, gives you clarity in your thinking. And there are many benefits.
- Attend Workshops: Conferences, meetups, and seminars provide shallow learning opportunities. They do not deep dive into a concept. In contrast multi-day learning programs gives you an opportunity to deep dive into some of the concepts and also may enable you to practice them under guided supervision. Over the course of time, personally, this is where deep learning happened for me.
- Get a Coach: You have your own blind spots and you don’t know what you don’t know. A good coach helps you brainstorm ideas, help you reflect and holds you accountable to your action.
- Take time for yourself: Go take a walk in the lake or beach. Hike a local trail. Get fresh air. Pay attention to the surroundings. Spend time with family and kids. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. It is easy to be busy all the time (and be less effective). So take time to recharge yourself.
- Get a Goal: If you do not know where you are going, you may end up there !! There is quite a bit written about neuroscience of setting goal (I will not bore you with it when you can google it yourself) Choose something that is not trivial, but not something unattainable. Ideally, you should be able to evaluate your progress every month. If you are a Scrum Master, Scrum Alliance has a good certification path for you to help you make that progress
- Read professional development books: Allocate some time for reading everyday. Consistency is more important to help you get into the habit. There are many good books on leadership, coaching, management, lean thinking, etc. Read some of the books you have already read (we tend to forget, so going over them again will help you remember concepts better)
- Practice Mindfulness: It is a very specific way to pay attention to the present moment. It is very secular, though some of its origin can be traced back to Buddhism. There are many ways to practice it, and these practices help you pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and emotions. And it has lasting positive impact on you and your brain