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Top 5 Habits for Self Improvement

Aug 05, 2020 | 7 min read

Have you been feeling a little stuck in time lately? Do you want to grow and become better? 

Most people hate change, but I think life would be really boring without change. Personal growth is super essential for getting the most out of life. 

My Story with Self Improvement

I had a period of my life where I was so overwhelmed by work that every day was just a struggle to get through all my responsibilities. I managed to get all my basic needs met, but I had no time to work on myself. I felt my life had become stale and incredibly boring. 

When I finally stopped and tried to figure out what was wrong, I realized that I needed change. I needed to scale back on work and find time for myself. I was missing self-growth. Since then I've developed a few tricks and tips to make me feel alive again. 

Top Tips for Self Improvement

1. Meditate daily 

Meditation
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Meditation can help clear your mind and reset your spirit. If your mind often runwild with worry, regret, or thoughts about things that you can't control, meditation can help tremendously.

You don't have to spend a lot of time or find the perfect place to meditate. Even if you do it for only a few minutes a day, it will help. You can do it anywhere: on the bus, in your living room, desk, etc. 

I meditate to help me sleep. I spend the moments right after I get in bed meditating. Since I started doing this, I've been able to fall asleep much faster and wake up feeling much more well-rested. 

2. Learn a new language or a new creative outlet

Language

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The main purpose is to become a student again. Although not everyone has a great memory of school, the benefit of having a clear goal to work towards is beneficial for our minds. In this case, the goal is to express yourself in a way you couldn't before.  

Learning a new language or creative skill is also important. This activates the creative/linguist side of your brain. Sometimes our frustrations might be from feeling like we haven't been heard or seen. These new skills would equip you to express yourself and could help you feel free. 

3. Limit TV time

Limit TV
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Did reading the header for this habit make you upset? That's a sign that you might be depending too much on TV, TV shows, or whatever that came to mind.   

Entertainment isn't bad. It's a good way to relax and chill. But leaving it unchecked could lead to addiction. If you felt personally attacked when I suggested that you limit your TV time, then it a good time to reflect if TV time has become a "necessity" in your life. 

When GoT was still running, all my coworkers would regularly talk about it, but I never joined the conversations. When my coworkers found out it was because I didn't watch it and that I didn't have any streaming service, they were shocked. Although this might seem like a bad memory, it really wasn't. It was at that moment that I realized that I had more time everyday than my coworkers simply because I didn't watch TV. I found it quite liberating. 

I am not saying that you should be like me and cancel all your streaming services. But you should review your own situation and consider removing unnecessary video streaming subscriptions that you might be sinking too much time into. Spending too much time in front of the TV takes away time to focus on yourself. 

4. Exercise regularly

Exercise Daily
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If you moaned in disagreement or rolled your eyes when you read this heading, you aren't alone. I struggle with keeping this habit too. When someone suggests any sort of activity that will make me sweat, I will be the first to complain & whine. 

But it's been proven that there are a lot of benefits to physical activity. So I do it. Even if I'm forcing myself, I always do at least 2 hours of physical activity a week. 

The only tip I can give is that you should take advantage of any tiny spark of motivation for even the smallest amount of physical activity. For example, any time you think "I should go on a walk", then you should do it as soon as possible even if you only have a few minutes to spare. All the time you do a physical activity will accumulate. And it's better to do some form of exercise than none at all.

5. Keep a to do list

To do list
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Feeling overwhelmed with everything you have on your plate? Make a to-do list or use a task planning app to ease some of your mental stress.

Keeping track of all the tasks you need to do in your head can be stressful. You might feel worried about forgetting. Or you might feel overwhelmed by thinking about all the upcoming deadlines at once. If you haven't realized, keeping track of your tasks is actually a task in itself. One of the biggest tasks in fact. That's why delegating to a reliable app can help alleviate some stress. 

Personally, I use Asana to help me keep track of all my tasks, their deadlines, and their priorities. Their free tier is more than enough for most people. I also use their app on my phone, so I can check or add my tasks wherever and whenever. When I can see all my tasks laid out in front of me, it can really help me visualize the steps needed to achieve those tasks. 

Take your first step NOW

The most important part of personal growth is your own actions. No matter how much you read about self improvement, nothing will change if you don't actually take action and continue to take actions regularly.