By Charlie Badderly
Deciding to better yourself is a great goal to set. Personal development – the art of making more out of yourself – can be an enriching, highly rewarding process. It does not require an all-encompassing master plan, either. You can kick off a personal development routine (or improve your existing one) with a few simple ideas like these:
A great self help tip is to not beat yourself up when you make a mistake. We are all human and we all make mistakes. If you beat yourself up because you’re not perfect, you’ll never be happy. Learning how to live with mistakes will make you much happier.
One place, either at home or at work, that should remain clutter-free, is your desk. This is your personal work area, so you need to know where everything is. You need to have organization, such as files and drawers for your important papers and holders for things like pencils, business cards and paper clips.
List all of your obstacles in life, both major and minor, long-term and short-term. These can be hurdles from the past, present, or future. Explore the different ways that you were able to overcome past adversity, all of the possible solutions for your current issues or problems, and how you might prevent future hurdles or develop a contingency plan.
Keep flashcards in your pocket! Yes, flashcards are an old fashioned approach to learning but they are also a proven approach. Make miniature flashcards in the desired subject matter and pull them out when you are waiting at the doctor’s office, riding the subway or in any other situation where you have time on your hands.
On a daily basis, consider asking yourself each morning what is important for you to accomplish during the day. This will help you determine the ways you can spend your free moments and maximize your time through multitasking. Make a list, prioritize it and tell yourself that you will accomplish the things on your list.
Try to keep yourself motivated when it comes to achieving your goals. You need to stay confident and believe in yourself. Also make sure to keep focussed on the task at hand. If it helps, try writing out the direction that you need to take to accomplish the goals that you have set.
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