Personal development is a vague term. If you are new to the subject it may be hard to know exactly where to start and how to get the most out of it. While I am not an expert in the subject, I’ve learned a lot by practicing personal development in the past three years. Including personal development in your morning routine is a great way to make sure you take that time to grow your mind without taking away more time from your busy schedule. Before we get to how to practice it in your morning routine let’s take a step back and see what personal development means.
What Is Personal Development
I like to describe it as any activity that helps you build your skills and/or inspires you to better yourself. There are so many activities that can qualify as personal development. I like to switch up my personal development time. I usually try to do one or two of these activities below each morning.
- Read/listen to a book: There are so many books to choose from. You can opt for a book on your specific skill-set or career, or you can read about life skills like productivity, time-management, etc… is If you don’t have time to sit down and read a book listening to an audio book is a great option.
- Watch a YouTube video: I knew YouTube had tons of videos, but I never thought about using it for personal development. That is until a year or two ago. You can watch speeches, interviews from your favorite authors, and even vlogs.
- Listen to a podcast: I was late getting into the podcasts but once I started a whole new world opened up for me. There is a podcast for pretty much any subject you can think of. You can also find an app for any device you have.
- Take an online class: Whether you don’t have any extra time to continue to develop your skills, or your like me and are trying to keep on top of what you’ve previously learned while you are in a transition, taking an online class can be a great solution. Two popular sites to do this is through Udemy and Skill Share.
- Practice your skills/hobbies: Do you wish you had more time to paint, practice speech making, write, etc.? Including skills and hobbies in your morning routine can help you make the time to do them
- Books: Some of my favorite books are The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins, You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero, 101 Questions To Ask In Your Twenties (and let’s be honest your thirties too) by Paul Angone, and Unqualified by Steven Furtick.
- YouTube: My favorite YouTube channels for personal development are Team Fearless, Amy Landino, and InstantBoss Club.
- Podcasts: There are so many podcasts that I enjoy listening to. Lately my favorites have been The Chalene Show, The School of Greatness, and Earn Your Happy.
- Online Classes: I love using the app Udemy for online classes. There are many free ones but they also have tons of deals often. Some of my favorite classes I’ve done have been on the topics of writing, logo design, and SEO.
- Practice Skills & Hobbies: During this time I like to practice doodling through my bullet journal, writing, and taking photos occasionaly.
Personal Development has become an important part of my morning routine. It’s especiall important on days where I am struggling with depression. The right book, podcast, video, etc. can help me lift my spirits. Do you currently practice personal development? What are your favorite activities?
This post is a part of the month-long Morning Routine Breakdown series. If you are just joining us this month check out the other posts in the series that you have missed:
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