Alright, I have decided to start a new monthly blog series! Every month I will do a post as part of the new series “A Beginners Guide to Personal Growth”. This month the post will focus on what you need more of in your life and how these things will help you grow and better yourself.
The Beginners Guide to Personal Growth series will focus on easy and obtainable actions that you can incorporate into your life to encourage self-improvement and overall betterment.
So, as mentioned, this month I want to focus on 12 easy things that you can simply do MORE of to see huge results to your overall happiness and personal growth. These 12 things are tasks or actions that I always try to ensure are included in my week or at the very least my month. So I am sharing them in hopes they can inspire you and maybe improve your life the same way they have mine.
1 | More Gratitude
Take the time to focus on the things you are thankful for in life. Even on our worst days, there is always something to be grateful for and focusing on THAT will greatly improve your mindset as well as your overall perspective on life.
Using a gratitude journal, or even just taking 5 minutes at the end of the day to think of 3 things you are grateful for can have an extremely positive impact on your life.
Related Reading: 6 Ways Gratitude Improves Your Life
2 | More Reading
Reading is a great form of self-improvement and personal growth. There are so many books out there that provide inspiration, motivation, and amazing tips and tricks for bettering ourselves and living our best lives.
Not a big reader? No worries! Use Audible to get the same info! You can listen to a book instead of reading it yourself! This is also a great option for commutes or while doing other tasks such as cleaning your house. Click here to try Audible for FREE!
Podcasts are also a great way to take in some motivational or Inspirational information! There are many Podcasts out there that are aimed at self-improvement and bettering your life!
3 | More Self Reflection
I truly believe that Self Reflection is a very large part of Self Improvement. How can we improve ourselves if we don’t reflect on our lives and really zoom in on WHAT we may need to improve? When we get in the habit of asking ourselves questions such as “Why did I do that?” or “Why did I react the way I did?” or even “What did I enjoy / not enjoy about that situation or experience?” we start to learn more about ourselves. The more we learn about ourselves the more self-aware we become, and the easier it is to pinpoint areas of improvement and growth opportunities.
4 | More Doing What You Love
Life is too short to spend all of our time doing things we do not even enjoy. I’m not saying you need to quit your dreaded 9-5 grind or do anything crazy, but maybe just prioritizing our time better is the answer.
I think the first step to making this change is to analyze exactly how you are spending your time by tracking everything you do for a few days. Take a good hard look at where you spend the most time and then ask yourself if that is how you WANT to be spending your time. Does how you spend your time match with what you believe is important.Once you figure out how your time is spent and how you would like to spend your time moving forward, adjust and prioritize as needed.
5 | More Putting Yourself First
I don’t know about you, but I have always seemed to put other people before myself. I have always done it, but since becoming a mom it has only gotten worse. I have a hard time making myself a priority and asking others for help in order to do so. I have come to realize though, that finding time for self-care, makes me a better partner, mom, and friend.
When I don’t make self-care or “me time” a priority, I instantly see a decline in my mood, my energy level, and my level of patience. So now, I make the time. I have learned that I am worth it and I deserve to be put first from time to time.
6 | More Tracking
I am the type of person who is driven by to-do lists and pretty planners, so when I started using a bullet journal to track other aspects of my life I seen a huge shift in my productivity and commitment to those things. I feel obligated to complete things because I am tracking my progress. I want to finish my book so I can add it to my “Read” list. I want to complete all the things on my habit tracker so I can color in the box at the end of the day. Simply tracking things in my life has made me WANT to do them!
Also, I recently bit the bullet and got a fitness watch so I could track my steps, and it has definitely made me get up and move more. I work at a desk a majority of the time, so this has been a nice way encourage me to get up and walk more often.
7 | More Saying No
The truth is, we cannot say yes to everything all the time. When we bite off more than we can chew, it can cause stress and anxiety in our lives. Sometimes saying no is truly just important for your sanity. By not taking on too much, and learning when to say no, you will improve your time management and be able to focus on what is most important. Saying no when necessary and removing an overwhelming quantity of tasks allows us to focus more on quality instead.
8 | More Planning
Using a planner has been a game changer in my life. I buy planners that have a monthly weekly and daily layout, and that have lots of room to write down my daily tasks. I also love planners with additional productivity tools like meal planners, goal tracking, habit tracking, etc.
Each Sunday or Monday I go through my whole week and write down what I know is happening. For example if I had a meeting, or a conference call, I wrote all that in. If I had deadlines, I wrote those in. Then, throughout the week, as things come up, I add those into my planner as well.
9 | More Pushing Yourself
To grow and improve as a person, we NEED to push ourselves outside of our comfort zone and try new things. How can we expect our lives to change, if we never change anything in our lives? Many of us are scared of change, or struggle with fear of failure, but I promise pushing yourself out of your comfort zone provides so much growth and learning.
Related Reading: 10 Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
10 | More Loving Yourself
A big part of improving ourselves and living our best lives is focusing on our well-being and mental health. To me, loving and respecting my body helps me feel better mentally and physically. I find my stress level, fatigue, and overall mindset is much better when I am taking care of myself. I instantly notice a decrease in my energy and well-being when I am eating junk and being more sedentary. When I push myself to be more active, stretch, get enough sleep, and eat better, I can see the changes it has on my mindset and well-being right away. These simple acts can move me from a negative head space to a positive one so quickly!
11 | More Shutting Off
I will be the first to admit I am glued to my phone, and I also love a good Netflix binge. But, not too long ago, I broke my phone and I had to wait for a new one to be delivered. I had SO MUCH TIME free while I was without a phone, that I was literally amazed. I didn’t know what to do with myself and I was so productive. It really opened my eyes to how I was spending (or wasting) my time!
Stepping away from technology for even one hour per night can be such an amazing way to free up some extra time. I bet if you track your time for one week, you will be blown away how much time is wasted on your phone and watching TV. Think about all the things you could be doing that are much better for you instead of wasting your time scrolling Instagram for an hour!
12 | More Positivity
Positive people have the ability to seek the positive in life and overcome the negative. When we train ourselves to recognize negative thoughts or moods, and seek out the positive or the “silver linings” in life, we become happier and more grateful. If we constantly focus on negatives in life, we will feel negative and unhappy. BUT if we look for the positives, even when it’s difficult, we will feel happier and more grateful.
So there you have it! A great place to start if you are just beginning your personal growth journey. As I mentioned about I will be turning this into a monthly series. Each month I will dedicate a post to “The Beginners Guide to Personal Growth” with easy tips and tricks for those just starting to focus on their own personal growth journey. So make sure you check back monthly to read!