New Year, New Goals: #100DaysOfTrailhead

Making time for learning every single day is really hard. Here's what I'm doing to stay on track.

A few days before the end of 2018 I signed up for an awesome new challenge sponsored by Ladies Be Architects, WITDevs and Amplify: #100DaysOfTrailhead. My mission: learn something new everyday, for 100 days, preferably on Trailhead, Salesforce’s learning platform. There’s a leaderboard, and the top 3 scorers get prizes. To say that I’m competitive is an understatement, so there I was on New Year’s Eve, waiting for the clock to strike midnight so that I could get on the leaderboard FAST. And I did. And then I did another one, and another one, and another one.

I know. Its New Year’s Eve… why are you sitting around earning Trailhead badges when you should be out at a party? I have a baby. Well, she’s about one and a half. No parties for us for a while. My husband fell asleep early, I had already watched the ball drop in New York on TV, so taking a little time for myself when I had the chance just seemed like the right thing to do. And what did I want to do? I wanted to learn stuff… and be at the top of the leaderboard.

Since then, its been a fight to stay at the top, for sure! Making time for learning every single day is really hard. Here’s what I’m doing to stay on track.

Quiz Only Modules

There are a lot of Trailhead modules that just have quizzes instead of challenges. These are great for times when you need to squeeze in some quick learning or only have your phone. This Quiz-Only Trailmix that Patrick Connely put together is a huge help – especially when I’m nursing or baby falls asleep on me. Even though they’re quiz only, there’s still a lot of learning here. It was fun to earn badges about healthy eating and lifestyle choices for the new year.

Block Off Your Calendar

I think we all do this. You block off time on your calendar every day for a new goal but then completely ignore it because you have too much going on. While I definitely don’t actually do it every day, I see it on my calendar every day and it just keeps it in the back of my mind.

Set a Goal!

I started #100DaysOfTrailhead with one goal: win. That was silly. It’s not about winning. It’s about learning something new, challenging yourself, and having FUN. So, new goal: at the end of the 100 days, I’m going to take my Developer I exam. My goal is to unlock and earn all 4 Developer Superbadges and also try to get enrolled in the upcoming RAD Women’s intro to code workshop! If I just happen to also earn enough points to stay on top of the leaderboard, well then yay me!

Do It With a Friend

Lucky for me, Tracie sits a few desks down from me at the office and we can keep each other on track. Our mornings often start with a discussion about the current ranking and our strategy to earn more points for the day. It makes it loads of fun!

Earn Superbadges

The leaderboard is based on point totals, so while doing Quiz-Only badges will help keep you moving, they aren’t going to get you to the top. Superbadges are at least 6,000 points each, are super fun to earn, and make you feel really great to prove what you know. I’ve earned 8 superbadges so far and feel really good about finally making the time to check them off my list. I’ll feel even better after earning the last 4 developer ones!

Do a Trailmix

The #100DaysOfTrailhead sponsors actually put together a Trailmix to get you started, but there are tons to choose from. I’m finally getting around to completing the amazing Trailmixes from Dreamforce ’18 like the Developer Keynote Highlights. These Trailmixes take your Dreamforce learning to the next level. Plus, you can reminisce and remember all those great ideas you had during sessions but forgot to write down.

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