10 Personal Development Tips To Keep You At The Top Of Your Game


May 13 2021, Published 4:55 a.m. ET

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Staying positive and not giving up on yourself at every bump in the road is key to your personal development journey.

The beginning of Spring marks the start of a new season and for some of us, the start of a new fiscal quarter. But with all that’s going on the world right now, it might be hard to look inward to figure out if we’re still on track to meet the targets that we set out for ourselves back in January.

Between the pandemic and government lockdowns taking its toll and the trauma of all the violence and social injustice happening in the world, we can’t help but have our eyes glued to our feeds and the news channels.

But in my view, now more than ever, we need to protect our energy and focus on what we can control in our own lives. If we can focus on developing our own minds, prospects and potential—then we make the world that much a better place for the next person behind us.

If you are feeling stuck in a rut, don’t use the pandemic as an excuse as to why you haven’t been able to progress thus far this year. Use this time—the beginning of Spring—as the perfect time to set your sights on personal development, self-improvement and growth.

Regardless of what is going on in the world right now, there’s always room for personal development and growth. Here are some personal development tips to help you achieve your goals.

1. Invest in a planner (and actually use it!)

As simple as this may sound, some people have to write things down to actually get them done. Investing in and using a planner helps keep your life organized and on track. Typing information in your phone makes it easier to get lost with all the other data stored in there. By using a planner and writing things down, you’re training your brain to actually retain the information.

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2. Create a vision board

While a planner helps you stay organized on a day-to-day basis, a vision board looks at the bigger picture. Whether it’s travelling the world, starting a family, building a business or all of the above, creating a vision board allows you to physically see the kind of life that you want to live.

A vision board is the perfect personal development accessory. Spend an afternoon compiling words and photos of things you want to achieve in your own life. If you’re looking to buy a new car, tack your dream car on your vision board. While your planner will help you track your progress in getting there, the vision board will be a constant reminder of what you want.

3. Declutter your mind

As part of your personal development journey, aim to declutter your mind. I know this is easier said than done. But a good way of declutting your mind is to keep a journal. Write down how you’re feeling and even write letters to yourself and to others as a way to release.

Of course, you are not meant to send these letters. But telling your ex-boyfriend how you felt following the breakup, or apologizing to your mother for how you spoke to her last week will help free the mind of what weighs it down daily and in the process will help you really figure out your triggers so you can deal with the issues IRL.

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4. Declutter your space

Whoever said that a clean space makes for a clean mind wasn’t lying. Walk through your entire house or apartment and get rid of anything you don’t need or use.

Do you have an emotional attachment to an item? Does this bring back good memories or bad memories? You might want to consider tossing it. Replacing some of the old stuff with new positive things, such as potted flowers or pictures of loved ones, can be very therapeutic.

If you work from home, make sure your working space is organized, decluttered and neat. Last year, when we all thought this pandemic would last two weeks, we saddled up to our dining room tables. But it’s now been over a year and many companies won’t be returning to the office anytime soon. Which means it’s time for us to invest in creating an actual work space in our homes. New desk, who dis?!

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5. Find a hobby

Do you have a hobby? As part of your personal development, swap playing Candy Crush with learn how to bake some healthy tasty treats. Read a book. You could even learn to sew or knit. Whatever it is, taking up a hobby can also help declutter your mind and can be a important component of your personal development as you work towards your goals.

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6. Log off

In this day and age, the blue screen is always present. Log off! I know taking a digital detox is another hard thing to ask, but you don’t have to quit cold turkey. You can start by going 30 minutes without your phone, laptop, or TV one day and then the next day maybe trying for an hour. In your downtime, start that hobby, journal or update your vision board.

7. Exercise

Working out is not just about physical appearances but it’s also about mental conditioning as well. Exercising releases endorphins, which helps to relieve the stress and tension.

If you find yourself stuck and unable to be as productive as you would like to be while achieving your goals, go for a jog or do some online yoga. Clear your mind with exercise before getting back on task.

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8. Get more sleep

Sleep is one of the healthiest things that you can do for your body, life and mind. It resets and recharges all of your being. If you get on a healthy sleeping schedule, your body and day-to-day routine will undoubtedly thank you.

Sleep deprivation or lack of sleep is not something to brag about. Life is all about balances and habits, and starting with something as simple as going to bed at a decent time and waking up at a good time can help you end your day on a high note and start your day off on an even higher note.

9. Learn something new

Similar to starting a new hobby but with slightly less commitment. If you learn something new, whether it’s a new fact or a new skill, you can look forward to what the world has to offer every day.

You’ll be broadening your intellectual and cultural horizons on your personal development path. You could also help reach your goal if you learn a new skill or fact that directly correlates with the goal.

10. Don’t be too hard on yourself!

As you are trying to achieve your goals, you must remember that it won’t be a perfect journey. You might forget to write some notes down in your planner or go to bed later than usual, but that does not take away from all the other hard work you have been putting in.

Staying positive and not giving up on yourself at every bump in the road is key to your personal development journey.

While times aren’t at their best right now, you should always make time for yourself. Don’t get too far off track to the point you feel you are unable to achieve the goals you set for yourself. Treat yourself nicely and you will be rewarded.

This post was written by and originated on See Girl Work.

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