Increase your skillset

Now that I work fully in software development, I notice that I sometimes find it difficult to grow even more. In addition to what I already do at work.

Often when I open a book about PHP, I notice that the material is quite dry, so that after a day of programming I can no longer really commit to reading books (bring something home with your work). The same goes for playing digital games.

I do notice that when books are explained in story form, I can get through them fairly easily.

Does anyone have the same experience and tips?

If you’re anything like me, when I was in full-time employment programming, the last thing I wanted to do after a full day of it was read about it some more. And some employers consider that they’ve employed you to do a job, and they would like you to carry on doing it. I haven’t worked for other people for more than a decade, and I’d like to think that the concept of CPD (continuing personal development, i.e. developing new skills) is perhaps more of a “thing”.

In case anyone who used to employ me is reading this and has figured out who I am, I should add that wasn’t really a complaint - I didn’t spend much time just doing programming, my role expanded into all sorts of other stuff, no two days were the same, and involved learning a lot of new things just to get a job done. I have an idea that’s called “agile” nowadays, but back then it was just getting it done.