For my first subject under the watchful gaze of the 12412 Project, I chose the HTML5 Gelocation API because it was something I knew very little about and because I thought I may be able to use it on a personal pub guide website. Having taken a couple of months to get to this stage, I can confirm that finding the time to learn about new things has proven pretty difficult (and actually coding something, impossible!). I have written a blog post, Learning About HTML5 Geolocation, which summarises the articles and tutorials I’ve been reading so that’s a good thing but otherwise, at this stage, my ‘school report card’ would probably say “Could do better”…
Yes, yes, stop complaining, we all have client work that takes precedence – I know – but I’ve struggled (so far) with allocating time for learning about new things. My difficulty (I think) not only stems from client work taking precedence but also from a slight feeling of web and mental tiredness in the evenings and weekends. Don’t get me wrong, I still work on personal websites during those times but the work is a lot less than I used to do.
Anyway, that’s over now. It’s time to stop moaning, ‘fire up the Quattro’, and get motivated! So, over the next few months, I will be working on 12412 Project subjects by setting aside a day (every 10 days) to do this. In order to make this easier (or different?), I will be choosing a nice co-working space, like The Skiff, and taking myself there to learn something new. New environment, new things, motivation, get away from normal stuff etc etc.
What are your tips for setting aside time for learning new things? Do you allocate a specific time for this in the evenings/weekends? or just 5-10 minutes here and there? All suggestions gratefully received!
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