I was recently having a conversation with my accountability partner who asked me a great question: What are you doing in the time you have set aside for personal and professional development?
I started to list the things I was doing: reading, connecting with people on LinkedIn, getting coffee with connections...etc.
Then she asked me, what are you producing during that time?
I stared blankly.
What am I producing during my development time?
This is such a good question as we consider opportunities to learn and grow being times when we do something, rather than passively consume something.
So, I am starting to rethink what I'm doing with my professional and personal development time now. Now, I'm asking myself: am I consuming or am I producing? Am I creating and making something that at the end of the one, two three hours of development time I can look at - and possibly share with the world - and say "look, I made this." Something that is tangible that I can add to my portfolio or website. An experiment where I tried something new. That is producing. Or am I consuming: letting words passively pass in front of my eyes, or tuning into a TED talk that I'm only paying half attention to. Sure, there might be new take aways but where the true learning takes place is when we try those take aways out in our own lives.
Are you producing or consuming during your professional or personal development time?