No one wants to be just another person doing the exact same thing as millions of others in the world. We all want to excel at what we do, we all try, and very few succeed. If you are an IT professional and want to become an expert in your domain, you should do these five things to improve yourself as a person and as a professional.
1. Focus On Mental Wellbeing
IT professionals work day and night, are constantly haunted by missed deadlines and demanding customers, and very few enjoy peace of mind at any given moment in time. The world of technology moves at a rapid pace, and can prove to be very demanding. This means if you do not focus on your mental wellbeing, you will be stressed out and tired all the time. To cope with the stress of such a demanding lifestyle, you should take up meditation, exercise, and other forms of relaxation that can give your brain the kind of rest it deserves.
2. Constant Learning
Becoming a lifelong learner is the only way to survive in technology today. Newer and better technologies are being introduced every day, and as an IT professional, you need to brush up on your skills and add new tricks to your bag every day. For example, if you are a web developer, you need to take php 5 tutorials from time to time to make sure you are not missing out on anything new. Similarly, if you are an ITSM professional, you need to learn about Azure virtual machines and see how they fare against dedicated servers. Keep learning new skills, and you will stay relevant. Stop learning, and you become obsolete.
3. Take Up Art As A Hobby
Whether it’s painting, pottery, metalwork, woodwork, music, or any other form of art, you need to find something that appeals to you and dedicate at least two hours every week to it. As a tech professional, you need a way to relax while engaging your right brain. This will help you become more creative at work and you will soon see an improvement in your productivity as a result of taking up art as a hobby.
4. Dedicate 15 Minutes Every Day To Reading
You need to dedicate at least 15 minutes every day to reading. This can be a nice mix between leisure reading and reading up on the latest news about your area of expertise. You can also start following a number of thought-leaders online and read their blog posts and articles to learn more about what’s happening in your domain.
5. Start Blogging or Vlogging
Whether you are in data science, ITSM, information security, or any other sector in technology, you need to share your knowledge with others. One great way of doing that is blogging. You can start a blog on your website, on Blogger or WordPress, or on Medium. The idea is to write about what you have learned through your experiences in the field. If you find writing to be tedious, you can start a vlog by creating your own channel on YouTube. Either way, you will be sharing your knowledge and experiences with others while establishing yourself as an expert in the field.
We hope you find these tips to be useful. Try them out and let us know what you think.