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How can I plan for self-improvement to fit my busy schedule?

I am a divorced mom of three juggling between a full time accounting job and being a parent. I haven’t been keen on self-improvement and I didn’t understand all the fuss about self-improvement month last September. However, I recently had a discussion with my workmates about how to grow as a person and it aroused my interest in the subject. The problem is that I can’t seem to find the time and energy for all it entails. What is the self-development plan that will best suit my busy lifestyle?

Timothy Norman

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Jodi Brooks on January 3, 2018

To self-improve, you first need to assess what is your current situation and where you want to be in a few years. If you lead a monotonous life where you wake up and do the same things every day, you will likely not grow. To grow in your personal life and career, you must dedicate a little time each day. For a busy schedule such as yours, you will require to make some sacrifices to find time. I would recommend that you cut out or limit unnecessary activities from your daily schedule. This may include watching TV, chatting on your phone or oversleeping on weekends. Once you have done this, engage in activities that will lead you on a path to grow as a person without draining your energy. In fact, once you are committed to a plan, you will have so much more positive energy to channel to your work and kids. So, what are the self-growth activities you can take up? Based on my personal experience I have compiled a plan that can improve your life professionally, mentally, physically and socially as a working mom.

Professionally:

  • Nurture your skills by taking up related courses.
  • Form friendships with successful people in your career.
  • Pull yourself out of the comfort zone by setting and achieving daring goals. For example, you may start a business that you have always wanted to.
  • Identify a mentor in your field.
  • Take up a new language.

Mentally:

  • Engage in meditation.
  • Cultivate a regular reading habit.
  • Take a break when you feel overwhelmed.
  • Face your fears and let go of past experiences that are holding you back.
  • Avoid people with too much negativity.
  • Add things that inspire you to your living space.
  • Acknowledge your weaknesses and work on them.

Physically:

  • Exercise early in the morning at least twice a week.
  • Ditch unhealthy habits such as oversleeping, smoking or excessive eating.
  • Take up a new hobby that relaxes you.
  • Replace bad habits with good ones.
  • Avoid physical inertness especially at work.

Socially:

  • Seek reconciliation with your foes.
  • Engage yourself in community activities to help people who are in need.
  • Address your unlikable characteristics.
  • Learn to deal with intolerant people.
  • Assess your friends and cut out unhealthy friendships.
  • Organize events and activities that help you bond with your family.

With this plan, you will be on a constant upward growth before we celebrate the next month of self-improvement.

Eric Batesa year ago

This response is very informative. I would like to add that as you follow this guide for self-improvement, two important things will determine its success. One is commitment. Many people get excited and start on a plan with zeal. After a while they start to slack and eventually leave the whole plan altogether. You can stay committed by:

  • Getting support from friends and family.
  • Writing down your purpose and goals for reference.
  • Creating daily to-do lists.
  • Recording your progress in a journal.

The second factor is feedback. It is important to seek feedback from friends and family on your progress. Feedback will help you know the impact of the changes you have made. In addition, there are many things about yourself that you are most likely not aware off. You may need an external opinion on what affects/annoys you, your reaction to certain conditions or how you relate with people.

Brian Warnera year ago

I totally agree with everything written above. However, I would also like to advise you to start by writing a list of all your goals and then following a time self-improvement plan to which you will be committed in order to learn how to grow as a person. When you want to start doing something, it is better to think “I want to do this” and not “I must do this” — it will be more motivating. Break down your tasks into 5 minutes each and just tell yourself that you will only, for example, work out or read a book for 5 minutes. Get used to waking up 1.5 hours earlier than usual.


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