100 Tasks

The following 100 Tasks are based around the 10 principles of Modern Professional Learning. Each task should take around 20 minutes to complete. Then share your own thoughts and experiences too. You will need to log in to access the tasks. SIGN UP HERE.

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Introduction to How to Become a Modern Professional – FREE to view

SECTION 1: Take responsibility for your own self-improvement, learning and development – it’s your career so you need to be in control of it. Intermittent training is no longer enough, you need to be continuously curious and finding things out.

Task 1: Why become a Modern Professional Learner

Task 2: Become self-reliant and self-sufficient

Task 3: Develop a growth mindset

Task 4: Commit time for continuous planned learning

SECTION 2: Spend some time reflecting on your daily work experiences – so that you can learn from your difficulties and challenges as well as your successes.

Task 5: Learn from your daily work experiences

Task 6: Set up a Work Journal

Task 7: Begin journalling

SECTION 3: Address your own performance problems – become self-reliant and learn to solve your own problems particularly by power-searching on the Web and validating your sources.

Task 8: Solve your own performance problems – with Google

Task 9: Make use of some clever Google tricks

Task 10: Validate the resources you find

Task 11: Cite the sources you use

Task 12: Use Google to find copyright-free images and videos

Task 13: Become more productive

Task 14: Make use of productivity apps

Task 15: Improve your writing skills

SECTION 4: Make the most of your manager – continuously ask for feedback on your current activities and help in moving forward in your work.

Task 16: Manage up

Task 17: Ask your manager for feedback

Task 18: Ask your manager for a stretch assignment

SECTION 5: Learn from your team members – ask them for help and to share their experiences – and share what you learn with them too

Task 19: Be a good team player

Task 20: Establish sharing as part of your daily routine

Task 21: Add value to what you share

Task 22: Share your own resources

Task 23: Ask and answer questions

Task 24: Work out loud

Task 25: Praise your peers

Task 26: Help bring ideas to life

SECTION 6: Build and maintain a diverse professional network – so that you have a collection of people around you who bring you value, and with whom you interact and learn on an ongoing basis.

Task 27: What is a professional network?

Task 28: Why do you need a professional network?

Task 29: Analyse your existing network

Task 30: Who should you have in your network?

Task 31: The importance of a diverse professional network

Task 32: How many people should you have in your network?

Task 33: Build your network slowly

Task 34: Where do you find new people to connect with?

Task 35: Use in-person events to build your network

Task 36: How do you network effectively?

Task 37: Use social networking sites to build your network

Task 38: Use Twitter to build your network

Task 39: Use Twitter Lists to organise your professional network

Task 40: Use TweetDeck to manage your professional network

Task 41: Use Twitter hashtags to find people to follow

Task 42: Use LinkedIn to network

Task 43: Use Facebook to network

Task 44: Use Google+ to network

Task 45: Use Instagram to network

Task 46: Use Hootsuite to manage your social accounts

Task 47: How much time should you spend networking each day?

Task 48: Are you suffering from FOMO?

Task 49: Connect services using IFTTT

Task 50: Review your network from time to time

SECTION 7: Make a point of learning something new every day – it doesn’t have to be work-related and it certainly doesn’t have to involve study. Make the most of what the Web has to offer.

Task 51: How can you learn something new every day?

Task 52: Subscribe to news feeds – using Feedly

Task 53: Keep track of what you find

Task 54: Save stuff for later – using Pocket

Task 55: Learn a new word every day

Task 56: Read a Wikipedia article every day

Task 57: Stumble upon something new every day

Task 58: Get some random daily facts

Task 59: Read a daily email newsletter

Task 60: Watch a daily video on YouTube

Task 61: Watch a daily video to inspire you

Task 62: Watch a daily video to educate you

Task 63: Listen to a daily podcast

Task 64: Get the daily news

Task 65: Set up your personal daily magazine on Flipboard

Task 66: Read a book every day

Task 67: Read a daily blog

Task 68: Take a micro-course

SECTION 8: Keep up to date with what’s happening in your industry or profession – not just by attending an annual conference but continuously from daily knowledge flows that come from relevant curated resources. Connect the dots between random pieces of information, and avoid information overload.

Task 69: What it means to keep up to date and why it’s important

Task 70: Get the most out of traditional conferences

Task 71: Benefit from virtual conferences

Task 72: Take part in conference backchannels

Task 73: Participate in live Twitter chats

Task 74: Watch live streaming events

Task 75: Participate in webinars

Task 76: Listen to your customers. Watch your competitors

Task 77: Find a mentor

Task 78: Read online journals and magazines

Task 79: Make use of industry news sites and newsletters

Task 80: Subscribe to industry blogs and podcasts

Task 81: Use Google Trends and Google Alerts

Task 82: Curate new resources – using Scoopit

Task 83: Use Nuzzel for busy professionals

Task 84: Avoid information overload

Task 85: Connect the dots

SECTION 9: Manage your own professional development –  set your own professional goals, work on them in the best way for you, document your progress, and evidence your performance in a digital portfolio.

Task 86: Understand the professional self-development process

Task 87: Start your Self-Development plan

Task 88: Set your professional SMART goals

Task 89: Explain how you will evidence your achievement(s)

Task 90: Photo, video and testimonial evidence

Task 91: Reports, articles and blog posts

Task 92: Briefings and presentations

Task 93: Identify how you will achieve your goals?

Task 94: Web courses

Task 95: Share your Self-Development plan

Task 96: Track your progress in a Learning Log

Task 97: Set up a Digital Portfolio

Task 98: Use a blog as a Digital Portfolio

Task 99: Use other tools to build your Digital Portfolio

SECTION 10: Establish your own personal learning toolkit – build a set of resources, tools, networks and services that help you continuously learn, grow and develop.

Task 100: What does your personal toolkit look like?