Recommitting to Salesforce Trailhead

I've been working with Salesforce for as long as I've worked at 7Summits and learned most of what I know on the job through client projects and via the platform's robust documentation. I was excited when Salesforce released Trailhead because although documentation is excellent as reference material, it's dry as a training resource. Gamified hands-on training seemed exciting, so I did my best to work through some modules as I had spare time at work, but that momentum faded out as other items began to feel like the higher priority.

Developing a thorough understanding of Salesforce is not only an asset to my current position but an asset to my career— and it's important to devote time to doing so. It's a challenge for all working individuals to balance professional development with actual work, and to balance our career-focused activities with daily life in general. But the beauty of Trailhead is that you can complete it in bite-sized chunks. The reason I let my progress stagnate is that I had the false idea that success relied on completing each module or trail in one sitting; instead, you can work unit by unit as you have time in your workday.

When you realize that, you start to see a lot of opportunities to complete some modules without interfering with precious work-life balance. Do some reading while you wait for late coworkers to show up for a meeting. Finish a unit while waiting for code to compile, or for a local environment to build. Get as far as you can in a module as you wait for a resolution on a roadblock or during your lunch hour each day. If you can, schedule small pockets time during the week— away from interruptions or the temptation to complete JIRA tickets— and work through a module or two.

Having adjusted my attitude and approach, I've decided to start fresh; you can creep on my progress by visiting my profile, but I also plan to write here as I complete modules and compare the knowledge I gain from Trailhead with my experience working on the platform for clients.