Pick the most exciting project on your plate right now. You want to choose the one that calls to you the most. Think through how much time you want to devote to it each day/week/month. To get there, think of all the bite-sized steps that go into it and estimate how long each takes and the frequency. Don’t just turn to it during the dregs of your schedule – proactively protect time for it.

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It’s unfortunate, but most corporate career ladders are designed around the average time it takes to learn and level up, which doesn’t work well for employees who check all the boxes much sooner. For those employees, the next best solution is to go somewhere new where they would be evaluated for their new capabilities, and compensated accordingly…

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