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 careerâ€” 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 weekâ€” away from interruptions or the temptation to complete JIRA ticketsâ€” 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.