You’re busy. I know. We’re all busy. The technology supposed to make our lives simpler seems to have had the exact opposite effect. Your schedule includes physical fitness, family time, work, relaxation, perhaps time to work on your financial goals, spiritual journey and more.
Somewhere in there you need to fit time for your own personal development. But where? Every extra second seems to be taken up with something. Today I’m going to give you some ideas for personal development for busy people; things you can do, strategies you can enlist to help you grow.
Personal Development for Busy People
Wake up earlier: I’m not inferring you should sacrifice sleep, but waking up a half hour earlier to have a little quiet time, plan your day and perhaps start with some good positive reading can really set the tone for your entire day. Thirty minutes. In that thirty minutes you can read a chapter of a book while you enjoy your morning coffee or get other tasks done to allow you to have some time later. Either way, if you will give yourself an extra half-hour in the morning you’ll be surprised how much it can change your day.
Make use of your commute: Podcasts, audio books are great for your drive to and from work. If you take a train or bus, you can also read. Find ways to use your time wisely. Look for areas where you can take a few moments and use them to grow, learn and improve. NOTE: Most podcasts and audiobooks can be listened to at 1.25 the speed and more. Increasing the speed slightly will give you time to squeeze one in and not change the tone noticeably.
Turn off the television: Zig Ziglar once said, “Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.” Use your DVR effectively—an hour show is actually only 40 minutes long if you watch it in real time after the fact. A half-hour sitcom is only 20-22-minutes. Pay attention to your time and how much of it is spent in front of the television. I know you need down time, just don’t overdo it.
Finish your day on a positive note: I like to spend the last half hour of my day reading—sometimes in bed, sometimes in an easy chair. Just unwinding and absorbing good material. It’s not that hard to do to put a good book on your nightstand and knock out a few pages every night.
Are these easy? No. They take work and a commitment. But, that’s really what separates the good from the great. Even busy people can find time to grow and improve if they just work on it a bit.