Step back and do something different

It looks like Ryan Carson and the guys at Treehouse have been having some fun over the last week. They have taken a week off of normal work and thrown themselves into building a Web application in only 4 days.

There is something incredibly useful about stepping back from everyday work and doing something completely different. You will learn more in those few days than you will in months of normal work.

Admittedly we cannot all just give up our normal work for a week, but we can have personal projects on the go. This is certainly something I do and it improves my skill set while also helping inform my day job.

  • http://twitter.com/mike_armstrong mike_armstrong

    I couldn’t agree more. Learning new skills keeps you interested and enthused – there’s nothing worse than stagnating.

    I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to learn some C# as part of the project I’m working on. As someone who usually codes HTML and CSS it’s been a really steep learning curve (and I don’t think I’ll ever be a world-class programmer), but I’m glad for the opportunity.

  • Lucas Lopes

    Brilliant initiative. This kind of activity is a great team builder, fun to work on and ends up adding quite a bit of knowledge and expertise in a unknown area. Great stuff. 

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