Making time for your personal development

Category: Article or Blog Published: Wednesday, 07 February 2018 Written by Sarah PJ White

Personal development is a term often used by life coaches and alternative therapists, to highlight the importance of living a more balanced, fulfilled life. But what are the benefits of personal development and how can you make time for it in your already busy life?

The importance of personal development

In a nutshell, personal development is about investment in yourself. It’s about learning how to live a richer, happier and less stressful life and understanding yourself better.

 We are all driven by a need to feel worthy and loved – working on your personal development will ensure you have a healthy sense of worthiness, self-esteem and subsequent self-confidence, for yourself – regardless of how others interact with you.

Learning to understand yourself better enables you to be the best you can be. You’ll be better able to handle the stresses of everyday life, as well as unexpected hiccups. By knowing yourself that bit better, you’ll also have improved relationships with others, as you’ll be better at communicating your needs and boundaries to them – plus you’ll have the energy and inclination to help others be the best they can be too.

How to make time in your life for personal development

It isn’t always easy to fit in time for yourself – anyone who has children will be the first to admit this! However, it is essential that you DO set aside regular time for your own development. Here are some tips to get you started:

Tip #1: Look to learn something new every day

This doesn’t have to mean something big, but make it a mission to learn something every day. It could be as simple as opening the dictionary and picking a ‘word of the day’, in order to extend your vocabulary.

Tip #2: Learn what you love

There’s no point learning something you’re not interested in – it will only make it seem like hard work. If it’s easier, make a list of everything you’d like to learn and break each down into smaller, manageable tasks.

Tip #3: Have goals in place

Once you have an idea of what you’d like to learn, look to set a goal for each.

Tip #4: Establish a routine

Establishing a daily routine is the best way to ensure you’re making the most of your time. Whether you opt for learning before you get out of bed or in an evening, it doesn’t matter WHEN, it just matters that you DO.

Tip #5: Read daily, for at least 10 minutes

Reading obviously will help you widen your knowledge and vocabulary, however it’s also a great stress reducer. Reading daily helps to stimulate your mind which, in turn, can improve creativity, expression and short-term memory. 

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