Want to focus on your personal development but not sure where to start? This post is packed FULL with tips for self improvement to help you on your journey towards personal growth. Get ready to become your BEST self and start living your BEST life!
Becoming a better version of yourself…
Self improvement can mean different things to different people. It can be about how you think about yourself or it can be about improving your health or career. It can involve your finances, your relationships, your goals, your habits or your behaviours.
Whatever personal growth and self improvement means to you, you’ll find plenty of tips for self improvement in this post. 365 of them to be exact – that’s one for every single day of the year. Which means there’s no excuse for not getting started right away!
What self improvement tips does this post have?
Looking for tips for self improvement about personal development, personal growth, mindset, increasing self-esteem or feeling more confident? I’ve got you covered!
Or self improvement tips relating to goals, productivity, money and your career? You’ll find those too!
And if you’re after tips for improving your self care, health, diet, relationships or home, keep scrolling because you’ll find those too!
Want to change your life?
Simply follow these 365 tips for self improvement. Focus on the area of your life that you feel needs attention most and start taking action today.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 1: Self improvement tips – Personal Development
- 2: Self improvement tips – Personal Growth
- 3: Self improvement tips – Mindset
- 4: Self improvement tips – Self Care
- 5: Self improvement tips – Health
- 6: Self improvement tips – Diet
- 7: Self improvement tips – Happiness
- 8: Self improvement tips – Confidence and Self Esteem
- 9: Self improvement tips – Relationships
- 10: Self improvement tips – Goals
- 11: Self improvement tips – Productivity
- 12: Self improvement tips – Money
- 13: Self improvement tips – Career
- 14: Self improvement tips – Your Environment
- 15: Self improvement tips – Expanding Your Horizons
Tips for self improvement – Personal Development
#1. Do something every day that puts you out of your comfort zone. Talk to a stranger. Reach out to someone about your dream job. Try something you’ve never done before. Getting out of your comfort zone helps you grow. It opens doors and opportunities for you too.
#2. Create a vision board of everything you want to do and achieve.
#3. Keep a diary or journal. It’ll help you to get to know yourself better. You’ll also be able to spot patterns in behaviours that you might want to change.
#4. Give your mind space to think clearly. Do a brain dump. Get your thoughts down onto paper. Pass on projects and tasks that aren’t in alignment with your goals. Stop the negative mind chatter.
#5. Align your priorities with your goals and values.
#6. Give up obligations you no longer want to fulfil, toxic relationships and screen time to make room for things you want in your life.
#7. Get to know yourself better. If you want to uplevel your like you need to know who you are.
#8. Follow your passions. Choose activities that light you up and make you feel fulfilled.
#9. Create balance in your life goals.
#10. Be organised and prepared in all that you do at home and at work.
#11. Practice changing something about yourself until it happens.
#12. Create rituals and habits to build your new self-development habits.
#13. Always try to do your best at whatever you are doing.
#14. Feel like quitting? Push yourself to keep going.
#15. Feeling scared? Challenge yourself to push through your fear.
#16. Focus on improving at least one area of your life per quarter. It can be health, wealth, mindset, spirituality or career. Not sure which area to choose? Scroll through these tips and pick an area that speaks out to you the most.
#17. Challenge yourself. Set self improvement goals that are just out of reach.
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#18. Acquire the skills needed to make the changes you want to make. For instance, if you want to advance in your career, invest in the additional training courses you need to make it happen.
#19. Read a personal development article or one chapter of a personal development book every single day.
#20. Read motivational books to stretch your ideas and encourage you to keep going.
#21. Listen to podcasts about personal growth.
#22. Practice Kaizen (the focus on continuous self-improvement habits to build good habits).
#23. Develop strategies to balance the demands on your time. Use time management software, outsource or hire help, and prioritise what’s most important.
#24. Track your progress. Use a tracker to measure the progress you are making towards whatever you are trying to change. Seeing your progress is a great motivator. It builds your confidence to continue making changes too.
#25. Be a role model by being someone others want to emulate.
#26. Have faith in something bigger than you. Believing in a higher power makes your life more meaningful.
#27. Invest in yourself. Attend conferences, organizations, volunteer, read books and continue your education.
#28. Be proactive. Even when others disagree with you, follow your instinct and do what you know is right for you.
#29. Use laser focus. Focus on whatever it is you want to change and keep it at the front of your mind at all times. Whatever you do, don’t veer off course when it gets tough.
#30. Take action steps toward your personal development goal. Want to be more social? Join some groups. Want to lose weight? Sign up with your local diet group.
#31. Follow your heart not your head when making positive changes.
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#32. Seek out people who are better than you. You will learn and grow from them.
#33. Surround yourself with leaders. Leaders inspire you to make changes and to be your best self.
#34. Be a leader. Teach, guide, help and inspire others to improve themselves.
#35. Hire a coach or mentor. Find someone who is doing and being the kind of person you want to be and hire them to help you make the changes you want to make.
#35. Declutter your social media updates. Keep only the notifications that really matter. This will free up your time and help you to focus on your own life without being distracted by what everyone else is doing.
#37. Write a letter to your future self. How do you see yourself in 1, 3 or 5 years from now? What can you do today to start working on becoming that person?
#38. Play memory games to improve your memory skills.
#39. Develop better listening skills.
#40. Develop your communication skills through writing, blogging or journaling.
#41. Learn to speak clearly and succinctly. This is useful for conveying yourself better at work or giving presentations or interviews.
#42. Learn public speaking. It helps you communicate better, present yourself well and maintain the attention of others when you are talking.
#43. Deal with problems when they happen. Tackling them right away instead of letting them fester strengthens your management skills. It’s less stressful too.
#44. Reward yourself when you are working on your most important priorities.
#45. Reflect on the past year. What went right? What do you want to change?
#46. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it means you’re being smart with your time.
#47. Identify and live by your values.
#48. Create a life vision. This gives you a clear picture of what you want to achieve during your life.
#49. Create a life handbook. Use it to map out how you intend to live life to the fullest. Include your purpose, values and goals both at work and in your personal and family life. THIS Life Binder from Secret Owl Society is my personal favourite – I just love all the llamas and cacti!
#50. Act as though you are already the person you want to become. Be the one who reaches for your goals. Take risks. Face your challenges with grace.
#51. Commit to your personal growth – do one thing every single day to move you forward.
#52. Become self-aware by taking a personality test. THIS personality assessment is my favourite. I’m an INTJ-A…what are you?
#53. Make yourself a priority. If you don’t take care of you, how can you take care of anyone else? Fill your cup first.
#54. Create a life balance. Use the Wheel of Life to help you figure out which areas are out of balance so that you can work on them.
#55. Develop good habits.
#56. Deal with the emotions that are causing you to make bad habit choices. See a therapist, talk to a friend or get a coach to help you.
#57. Ask yourself how you can change your fate.
#58. Record your thoughts, ideas and feelings every night about your personal growth progress.
#59. Improve your written communications.
#60. Know what you are going to change and what actions you will take to achieve the change.
#61. Say positive affirmations often. These powerful short statements will motivate you, give you confidence and encourage you to be your best.
#62. Keep a gratitude journal, especially when stressed and overwhelmed. Write down your feelings, including the negative ones and give them a more positive spin by adding what you are grateful for about the situation, feelings or event.
#63. Find ways to express gratitude every day.
#64. Practice mindfulness in everything you do.
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#65. Find your sense of purpose and go after it with passion.
#66. Be your own best friend. What do you look for in a friend? Think of the words you would use. Love, honour, supporting, respectful, caring, being there for others are all great places to start.
#67. Spend time alone for a few minutes each day to give yourself time to regroup and gather your thoughts.
#68. Be consistent. Self improvement takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s those small steps you take every day that will make all the difference.
#69. Slow down. Stop rushing through everything in your life. Take your time and enjoy the journey.
#70. Learn to say “no” to things that aren’t in line with your goals, that don’t serve you or lift you up. This will free up both your time and your energy.
#71. Don’t spend time on stuff that doesn’t matter. Stop mindlessly surfing the internet, watching TV, scrolling through social media or playing computer games.
#72. Spend a few minutes at the end of each day reflecting on what you have accomplished. Keep a “done” journal, make a note of everything you’ve achieved and celebrate your wins.
#73. Stop playing the comparison game. You don’t need to keep up with the Joneses. All that does is foster negative emotions and feelings including jealousy, shame, and low self-esteem. If their grass seems greener, it’s time to start fertilising your own!
#74. Show integrity to yourself and to others.
#75. Take responsibility for everything that happens to you. Stop blaming circumstances and other people.
#76. Take constructive feedback for what it is. Use it as a learning curve to help you grow and get better at what you do.
#77. Embrace change and welcome it as a sign of growth.
#78. Give your habits time to bed in. It takes time for your habits to become second-nature. Keep going. You will get there.
#79. Learn what your unique talents are. Use them to find your own sense of wellbeing.
#80. Write down your fears. Then, make a list of three small steps you can take to start facing those fears.
#81. Don’t avoid your fear. Avoiding what you’re scared of only makes it scarier. Use your list from above and face your fears head-on so that they start to fade.
#82. Retrain your brain to look for the positive in every situation. Catch yourself when thinking negatively and turn those thoughts on their head.
More personal growth self improvement tips…
#83. It’s okay to fail. Failure happens to everyone. It’s how we learn and grow. Use it as a stepping stone and learning experience.
#84. Identify areas about yourself that you are unaware of. What things, people or events trigger you in some way? How do they make you feel? These are your blind spots.
#85. Ask others for feedback on what your blind spots are. Take the feedback constructively – see #76.
#86. Vent by sharing anything that is bringing you down that day. Journal about it, share it with your spouse or call a friend. Let it all out so that it’s not taking up unnecessary space in your thoughts.
#87. Be honest with yourself and others.
#88. Don’t be a victim or have a victim mentality. Take ownership of your situation and make changes if you need to.
#89. Forgive others and yourself.
#90. If you are a spiritual person, practice it daily.
#91. Be present in the moment. Doing the washing up? Feel the warmth of the water and the smell of the soap. Brewing coffee? Smell the beans and savour the taste. Talking to a friend? Really listen to what they are saying.
#92. Open your heart by practicing compassion. Allow yourself to be present for others in some way every day.
#93. Create and set boundaries to protect you from toxic and harmful people or situations.
#94. Quit a bad habit. Stop smoking, stop slouching, stop biting your nails. Quit procrastinating, being late or oversleeping.
#95. Cultivate better habits. Read books, wake up early, exercise. Eat healthy, meditate, be mindful.
#96. Hold yourself accountable for your actions.
#97. Learn from others’ mistakes.
#98. Admit your mistakes. Say you’re sorry and move on. Have a conversation with yourself, admit you made a mistake and learn from the experience.
#99. Analyze in a non-judgmental way the mistakes you’ve made.
#100. Work through past issues with a professional if necessary.
#101. Let your creativity out. Draw, journal or knit to help you gain confidence in your skills.
#102. Develop a growth mindset.
#103. Maintain a positive attitude. Your mood affects your day. If you have a negative attitude, you’re going to have a bad day too.
#104. Appreciate where you are right now in life. Be thankful for your circumstances.
#105. Adopt an abundance mentality. Scarcity thinkers fear competition and are negative about the future. Those with an abundance mentality however are optimistic about the future.
#106. Make a choice. You might not be able to control what happens to you but you always have a choice about how you feel.
#107. Be intentional. Whatever you intend becomes your reality.
#108. Let go of the past. It’s been and gone and you cannot change it. So, move forward with your dreams.
#109. Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for everything in life.
#110. Remember that nothing is permanent. Bad things will pass the same as good things pass. Take comfort in this.
#111. Embrace change.
#112. Focus most of your energy on moving forward. The past can’t be changed, so focus on today and where you want to be.
#113. Believe you can achieve your personal development goal. Believing you can change your situation, actions, events and life means you’re already halfway to achieving it.
#114. Use the law of attraction to reach your personal development goals. Set clear intentions, visualize the outcome, do the work to achieve it and wait for it to happen.
#115. Develop the right mindset. Retrain your brain to change negative thoughts into positive ones through positive affirmations.
#116. Become aware of your negative thoughts. The more you become aware, the easier it will be for you to catch yourself and turn them into positive ones.
#117. Set your intention for the day. This will help you to stay focused and maintain a positive mindset.
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#118. Support your actions by believing in yourself.
#119. Practice better self-talk by saying positive affirmations out loud several times a day.
#120. Practice deep breathing. Done daily, deep breathing practices help relax the mind and the body.
#121. Acknowledge your fears. Acknowledge you have the fear, know that it is real in your life.
#122. Distract yourself from your fear. Walk around the block for 15 minutes or take a bath.
#123. Don’t believe that everything will go wrong. Instead, believe that everything will go as planned.
#124. Declutter your mind. Put your thoughts down on paper and free up space so that you can think more clearly.
#125. Trust your instincts. Your first reaction is usually the right one.
#126. Don’t say it can’t or won’t work. Look for ways to do it instead.
#127. Be flexible and adaptable.
#128. Stop striving for perfection. Strive for progress instead. Know that done is better than perfect.
#129. Anxious about something? Ask yourself, “what’s the worst that could happen?” then come up with a way to prepare for that outcome just in case.
#130. Think before you act. Don’t jump right into a situation without thinking about the consequences. Unsure what the right thing to say or do is? Sleep on it.
#131. Forgive others often.
#132. Be your own best friend. Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself how you want to be treated by others.
#133. Practice self-care. Stress and exhaustion can take a toll on your body. Take time to take care of your body and yourself.
#134. Take time for yourself. It gives you time to refresh and recharge.
#135. Focus on your breathing. Deep breathing is a type of meditation that helps you relax.
#136. Wake up earlier. This gives you time in the mornings so you aren’t rushed. Get up early enough you might even have time for a cup of coffee too!
#137. Wake up slowly to calming music. Take the time to meditate and set the tone for a calm day.
#138. Create a morning routine that you do every day before work. Meditate, stretch, exercise, and journaling are good ones.
#139. Shut down and unplug an hour before you go to bed. This allows you to relax and prepare your mind and body for sleep.
#140. Indulge in getting a good night’s sleep every night. Good sleep allows your body and mind to rest so it can perform at its best the next day.
#141. Quiet your mind by meditating, practicing gratitude, breathing deeply or by being present in the moment.
#142. Cultivate your own well-being. Your happiness depends on the choices you make and the habits you have. Change these and you change your well-being.
#143. Do yoga. Yoga relaxes the body and mind relieving symptoms of stress.
#144. Meditate daily.
#145. Develop a mindful journaling habit. Instead of just writing down whatever comes to mind, take the time to engage with your thoughts, feelings and ideas.
#146. Drink your tea or coffee mindfully every day.
#147. Treat yourself with respect and compassion.
#148. Listen to uplifting music. The right kind of music will boost your adrenaline and change your brain waves.
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#149. Take a bath to calm nerves when stressed.
#150. Use essential oils for therapy. When you are stressed or overwhelmed use essential oils like lavender for calming or peppermint oil for boosting your mood, creativity and motivation.
#151. Get offline. Switch off your devices. Get away from the constant chatter of being online and invest time in your real life.
#152. Ditch the drama and stay away from others who are always causing drama. It drains your energy leaving you feeling exhausted emotionally.
#153. Get out in nature to observe your surroundings before you start your day. Listen to the sounds, feel the breeze, take in the outdoor air.
#154. Get a treatment at a salon to rejuvenate and renew how you feel, especially if you’ve been feeling stressed.
#155. Conserve your time.
#156. Slow down and take a break.
#157. Take time to do something every day for yourself.
#158. Listen to your body and its needs. Are you hungry? Thirsty? Exhausted? Stressed? Relaxed?
#159. Learn the power of saying no. Saying no helps you avoid overwhelm and overextending yourself.
#160. Take a few minutes to yourself when stressed. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
#161. Nurture your spirituality. Spend time each day in personal reflection.
#162. Invest in a retreat to refuel and refresh your mind and spirit.
#163. Find a go-to activity to do when you are in a funk. It can be going for a hike, taking a nap or doing a hobby you love.
#164. Create an evening routine you do daily before bed. Do yoga, journal, meditate, or unplug from devices. Here are 12 habits worth adding to your evening routine.
Tips for self improvement – Health
#165. Get enough sleep. A healthy amount of sleep improves creativity, lowers stress, decreases depression and improves your attention.
#166. Stay fit and healthy with consistent exercise and nutritious foods.
#167. Keep track of your annual doctor appointments. Keep appointments to stay on top of your health.
#168. Manage stress better. Learn and use techniques to help you deal with stress, reduce your stress and use stress as a motivator.
#169. Change your lifestyle. If you are struggling with exhaustion and fatigue, it might be time to change your lifestyle. Get rid of bad thoughts or behaviours that rid you of your energy.
#170. Reduce your stress. This can be getting rid of situations, people or events that cause you stress.
#171. Take a hot bath with aromatherapy to relieve the effects of stress.
#172. Practice deep breathing several times each day.
#173. Laugh every day. Laughter relieves stress, signaling your body to relax.
#174. Set health boundaries of your time and resources. Do what is right for you.
#175. Set goals for exercising for self development. Exercising boosts energy so, set a goal to walk 10,000 steps a day. Go for a swim. Take an exercise class.
#176. Set aside time to exercise every day. Exercise improves your memory, increases concentration and helps you to adopt a positive attitude as well as improving your overall health.
#177. Keep fit. Walk for 30 minutes every day. Find walking on your own boring? Go with a friend.
#178. Focus on building strength instead of being skinny.
#179. Take up yoga or other forms of meditative exercise.
#180. Take a class for your health. You could try a stress management class for reducing your stress levels or a nutrition class to manage your diet better.
#181. Take care of your mental awareness. Read inspiring books, always be learning something new.
#182. Subscribe to a health blog, magazine or group.
#183. Drink plenty of water. Hydrate your body and flush toxins.
#184. Drink lemon water or fruit or cucumber-infused water to add vitamins, minerals and flavour to your water intake.
#185. Drink hot herbal tea to calm your mind and body so you are ready for sleep or work.
#186. Eat a healthy breakfast. Throw out the processed foods, sugary cereals, doughnuts or anything unhealthy. Instead reach for fruits, eggs, vegetables, and meat.
#187. Cook your meals from scratch with healthy foods. Ditched the processed foods and ready meals, opt for fresh ingredients instead.
#188. Stop eating fried foods, grill or oven bake your food instead.
#189. Cut out alcohol, sugar and caffeine.
#190. Get the right amounts of vitamins and minerals in your diet.
#191. Load up on whole grains, fresh foods and water when stressed.
#192. Practice mindfulness whilst eating. Think before you eat and while you are eating.
#193. Don’t overeat. Overeating is a form of self-sabotage. Stop when you start to feel full and resist the urge to snack after dinner.
#194. Learn to control emotional eating. Create a healthy eating plan, focus on what your body wants, keep only heathy food in your home.
#195. Create a meal plan for your week. Planning your meals in advance removes the 5pm stress. It’s kind on the waistline and wallet too.
#196. Use your slow cooker. Put it on at the start of the day so that you can set it and forget it until it’s time to dish up.
#197. Be prepared and have a stack of meals in the freezer ready for those busy days by cooking twice as much as you need and freezing it.
#198. Plant a garden. Growing your own food means healthier food for a healthier body.
Tips for self improvement – Happiness
#199. Visualize who and what you want your life to be. Think about what it would feel like if you made the changes you want. How does it look?
#200. Change the way you talk and think. Stop complaining and saying negative things.
#201. Loosen up and laugh. Stop taking yourself so seriously.
#202. Smile even if you don’t feel like it. Smiling tricks your brain into thinking you’re happy.
#203. Make time for fun.
#204. Be silly and let your inner child out occasionally.
#205. Meet your needs. Ask yourself what you need and make sure you do something every day to meet those needs.
#206. Spend time in nature to rejuvenate.
#207. Develop a relationship with yourself that feels good. Try dating yourself so that you get used to your own company and can get to know yourself better.
#208. Learn to process your feelings and emotions in a healthy way.
#209. Let go of the past to allow you to live a happier life. Be content with living in the present.
#210. Find what excites you. Being stuck in a rut is bad for motivation. Find things that genuinely excite you and go after them.
#211. Be present to yourself. Notice when you feel happy and light. Notice what makes you tick and feel joy.
#212. Be present in your life by noticing what makes you sad, unhappy or upset. Use these to determine what needs aren’t being met in your life. Use journaling to help you recognise this.
#213. Take steps to eliminate loneliness. Get out and be social. Volunteer to meet people. Take classes in your hobby to meet others. Go to meetups in your local area.
#214. Do everything with passion, compassion and grace.
#215. Planning is good for your goals but being spontaneous is important for emotional and mental wellness. Don’t overbook yourself, leave some free time to do something fun and spontaneous.
#216. Stop watching the news. All the negative news and events that can depress you and bring you down.
#217. Spend time with your pets and loved ones. Take your dog for a walk, snuggle on the sofa with your cat.
Confidence and Self Esteem
#218. Take pride in yourself. Always look your best, do your best and act your best.
#219. Accept yourself and your body as you are. Accept that you deserve to change.
#220. Make a list of your greatest qualities and read it often.
#221. Acknowledge your flaws. Everyone has them.
#222. Love your body as it is right now while you make changes.
#223. Let go of critical thoughts about yourself.
#224. Use positive self-talk for every area of your life.
#225. Delve into your spirituality to become your true self.
#226. Focus on your strengths. This boosts your improvement by accentuating your positives which gives you confidence. Make a list of them and read it to yourself regularly.
#227. Highlight your strengths. Don’t come across as a braggart but sell or show your best qualities to others.
#228. Build your inner strength. Inner strength helps build confidence. When you have inner strength, it’s much easier to power through tough situations.
#229. Level up your skills by taking classes, practicing, and doing whatever it is you want to work on.
#230. Recall small successes you’ve had. Acknowledging your success and celebrating your wins increases confidence and encourages you to keep going.
#231. Celebrate the small joys in life. It’s the small things that matter and make all the difference.
#232. Build your self-confidence by doing things that scare you. Do one small thing every day to step out of your comfort zone. The more you do it, the more your confidence will increase.
#233. Face your fears head-on. Need to speak in front of a crowd? Just do it! Feel the fear and do it anyway! Find it too terrifying? Start off small with a smaller group of people and go from there knowing that it gets easier the more you do it.
#234. Know your limits.
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#235. Be prepared and act confident when you meet new people. It’s highly likely that they’re just as nervous as you.
#236. Dress to feel confident. Wear what makes you feel good. Put on those high heels. Spritz your favourite perfume and wear your favourite earrings and necklace.
#237. Be confident in what you have to say.
#238. Speak with intelligence. Knowing your subject makes you appear confident in what you are saying.
#239. Make eye contact. Don’t look down or from side to side.
#240. Have a strong handshake even when you are nervous.
#241. Walk like you own the world to build your confidence.
#242. Hold your head up high and stand tall. Don’t slouch or pull your shoulders forward.
#243. Appear relaxed and poised by breathing deeply. Take 3 deep breaths before you greet the person, start your presentation or head into that interview.
#244. Don’t fidget or make too many distracting movements. This will make you appear more confident.
#245. Boost your confidence by looking polished and professional when out in public.
#246. Act as if you are confident. Wait until you are confident and you might never do it. It’s all about mindset. Act confident and you’ll find yourself feeling confident too.
#247. Believe in yourself and your decisions. When you trust your ability to make good decisions your confidence will increase too.
#248. List your greatest wounds or problems and how you’ve healed or moved through them with strength. Then, next time you’re struggling, read through the list and use it to stoke your confidence fire.
Tips for self improvement – Relationships
#249. Build relationships that matter. Good positive relationships are supportive and uplifting.
#250. Commit to playing with your kids or pets every day.
#251. Call a friend or family member every day to stay connected. Who haven’t you spoken to in a while? Give them a call today!
#252. Hold family meetings. Set aside one evening each week to discuss how things are going and any issues. Dinner time on a Friday night is a great time to do it.
#253. Surround yourself with positive people. Your attitude is directly affected by those who you spend the most time with – so make sure they are as positive as you want to be.
#254. Avoid toxic, negative people as best you can. Toxic members in your family? Keep the amount you socialise with them to a minimum.
#255. Be kind to everyone you come in contact with. Kindness breeds kindness.
#256. Get rid of the drama in your life. Don’t gossip or get emotional over every situation.
#257. Learn methods to deal with difficult people. Be the better person.
#258. Spend time with your closest friends. Downtime away from work with people who make your laugh, understand you and want you to be happy boosts your confidence.
#259. Take care of your most important relationships. Listen, be open to and show you care to the people who mean the most to you.
#260. Don’t take others for granted. Be grateful they are in your life for a reason.
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#261. Let people know who you are by opening up. Be interested in others, as well.
#262. Release your emotions. Stuffing your emotions away keeps you from being able to connect with others.
#263. Get off social media. Instead meet people in person.
#264. Be around people who believe as you do.
#265. Show interest in other people. Their experiences and accomplishments can benefit you.
#266. Listen to others. You gain knowledge you may not have known when you listen to the perspectives of others.
#267. Find others to train with who will push you to make the changes you want.
#268. Take part in activities within your community to develop social relationships.
#269. Challenge someone else. Competition is THE best way to grow. Compete with an interested friend on a weight loss goal, financial challenge or whatever you are working on.
#270. Learn from others.
#271. Give others the benefit of the doubt.
#272. Be truthful and honest with others and yourself.
#273. Share your experiences. Sharing your experiences with others as you go through personal development changes forces you to keep going. It encourages them too.
#274. Be sincere and open to others thoughts and ideas.
#275. Keep your promises to yourself and others.
#276. Don’t put anyone down. Look for the good instead.
Tips for self improvement – Goals
#277. Start where you are now. Do something today towards your personal development goals.
#278. Set short term realistic goals. It’s easier to see progress when you set shorter goals. For instance, if you want to lose 50 pounds total, set a shorter goal of losing 10 pounds in two months, then repeat.
#279. Take baby steps. Break a big goal down into smaller steps that can be easily achieved. Focus just on that step, then move onto the next.
#280. Be practical. Take small action steps to achieve your personal development goals.
#281. Set a deadline for when you want to achieve your self development goal. Having a deadline gives you a focal point to aim for.
#282. Take action immediately after you set your goal.
#283. Use rewards in a healthy way when you achieve your goal. Reward yourself with a bubble bath when you’ve exercised every day for a week. Use THIS pamper pack to relieve those aching muscles!
#284. Set big goals. But break them down into small steps.
#285. Recite positive affirmations daily. Choose ones that relate to what you want to achieve.
#286. Prioritize your time and commitments to those that benefit your goals.
#287. Create a year, month and weekly plan for yourself to reach your goals.
#288. Set up a 30-day challenge for yourself to meet a goal.
#289. Stay motivated by listening to podcasts, reading or talking to a coach.
#290. Soothe the stresses that are keeping you stuck. Deep breathing, yoga and other types of meditation all help bust through your stress levels.
#291. Build a good support system where you can ask for help when you need it. Ask for help when you are overwhelmed, need a little extra motivation to continue with your goal or you’re feeling stuck and don’t know why.
#292. Simplify your day.
#293. Declutter your schedule. Have too many activities to attend? Too many after-school activities? Member of too many organisations, clubs or classes? Try to keep it to one or two activities you enjoy the most and say no to the rest.
#294. Get organized. Set up a filing system, use a calendar and throw out unnecessary stuff.
#295. Keep a to-do list of actions you want to complete.
#296. Stay focused on your to-do list.
#297. Commit to cleaning or organizing one task each day.
#298. Make time for planning at the beginning and the end of your day. Take a few minutes to go over your plans for the day ahead. This helps keeps you organised and efficient.
#299. Do your most important and hardest tasks first every day. Eat that frog!
#300. Quit procrastinating. All procrastination does is keep you from improving yourself and achieving your goals and dreams. Need a little help? Watch THIS video about how to stop procrastinating – once and for all!
#301. Eliminate time wasters in your life.
#302. Employ time management techniques in both your professional and personal life. Don’t waste time. Find ways to be more efficient.
#303. Be more punctual. It’s not only rude to others when you are late for appointments or your job. It puts you in a place of feeling late and rushed the rest of the day.
#304. Go on a time diet. Chunk your time into specific time frames to do certain tasks.
#305. Allocate uninterruptible blocks of time to do certain tasks.
#306. Become more efficient. Use tools and software to help you streamline your work and tasks.
More tips for self improvement about productivity…
#307. Keep your digital life organized by using digital planners and folders. Trello is my favourite tool for this BY FAR and it’s FREE!
#308. Use technology to be more efficient. Use software for reminders for appointments, tasks that you need to complete or for birthdays. Set up apps to pay your bills automatically.
#309. Be efficient by using a password manager. Pick one that remembers your passwords so you don’t have to. You’ll be less frustrated and spend less time searching for and retrieving lost passwords.
#310. Use the timer on your phone. Use it to time tasks such as running errands or making phone calls to help you become more efficient by playing beat the clock.
#311. Make good use of your time. Don’t waste time in front of the television or on social media. Ask yourself how you could be spending that time instead.
#312. Identify the time you work most productively. Use that time to tackle your hardest tasks firsts. If you’re a morning person, save the mundane tasks for the afternoon slump.
#313. Microtask. Break your projects and tasks into small chunks to complete.
#314. Batch similar tasks together such as phone calls or errands and do them in one session. This saves you time, money, energy and fuel too.
#315. Don’t multi-task. Multitasking breaks your focus and keeps you from completing any one task.
#316. Schedule regular breaks to increase your productivity and make better decisions. Set the timer for 50 minutes. Do the work. Take a ten-minute break, then repeat.
#317. Take time for yourself to keep from becoming burned out and overwhelmed.
#318. Get help. Hire people to do tasks you don’t like to do or can’t do. Hire someone to clean your home once a month. Outsource parts of projects or hire a virtual assistant to free up your time. I highly recommend Nicole from Your VA Nicole, her work is fab!
Tips for self improvement – Money
#319. Take control of your financial health. Meet with a financial planner if necessary. Figure out your spending habits and determine what needs to change. Then make those changes.
#320. Get out of debt. Debt holds you back from options and makes you feel stuck in where you are.
#321. Set a budget and live by it. Don’t spend more than you make. If you think you want something, wait a few days to see if you still do after that. If it fits in your budget get it, if not wait until you save up for it.
#322. Set up a savings plan. Make a plan to set aside a specific amount into savings for future needs.
#323. Pay off credit cards in full.
#324. Put away money for retirement before you spend anything.
#325. Live below your means. Learn to spend less than you earn and put aside extra money in savings.
#326. Go on a money diet. Spend only on what you absolutely need for a month. This will show you how you actually need to live to be happy.
#327. Declutter your finances. Get rid of memberships you no longer use. Cut out the extras on your cell phone service or the cable TV you never watch – switch to Netflix or Amazon Prime instead.
#328. Find ways to make more money if finances are causing your stress. Start a blog, turn your hobby into a business, take on a side job.
#329. Find work that fulfils you. If you’re in a position that you don’t like, begin taking steps to change it.
#330. Go after what you want. Do you want to change your position at work or pursue a new career? Begin taking steps to make those changes. Ask about higher positions at work. Look into what you need to do to be in the career you want. Then take the steps to make it happen.
#331. Ask for what you want. For example, maybe you think you should be making more in your current job. Present an argument backed up with facts and figures to your superiors.
#332. Prioritise family and yourself over your work.
#333. Listen to personal development podcasts during your commute.
#124. Get more education to perform better at work, go for your dream job or change careers.
#335. Get a mentor or coach for your career. They are someone you trust who is doing what you want to be doing.
#336. Give praise to others you work with.
#337. If you are unhappy with your job or situation, do something about it.
#338. Make time for work if you tend to play too much.
#339. Leave work at work. Don’t bring your work home with you. It’s easier said than done if you’re passionate about your job or you work from home I know, but do your best!
#340. Start a business or side hustle. It’ll help you to develop your management skills and hone your self-discipline.
Tips for self improvement – Your Environment
#341. Declutter your space. Keep only the things you need or really love. Need help to get started? THIS 30-day decluttering challenge will get you on the right track!
#342. Make sure your surroundings are calming. Aim for a clear and decluttered space by getting rid of anything that makes you feel overwhelmed on the inside.
#343. Create a room that inspires you. Your environment has an impact on how you feel. Create a living space that inspires you and makes you feel happy. Need help? Here are five quick and easy ways to love your home more.
#344. Create calming surroundings. Paint your walls calming colours. Use soft fabrics and cushions for seating. Add plants and a water feature. Learn Feng Shui.
#345. Get organized. Create a place for everything in your home. This way you spend less time looking for things, you’ll spend less on replacing things you already have and your home will feel less cluttered.
#346. Let it go. Are you hanging onto things that are cluttering up your life for sentimental reasons? Decide what really makes you happy and get rid of the rest. Take a photo of it if you want to remember it.
#347. Clear your workspace of clutter. Having papers and stuff lying around is stressful.
#348. Re-do your bedroom to get a good night’s sleep. Create a space that is relaxing and feels good for sleeping.
#349. Purge anything you haven’t used or worn in the last year. Not sure which items this includes? Try the reverse hanger method. Hang everything back to front, when you’ve worn it, hang it the right way. After six months, get rid of anything still hanging the wrong way round.
#350. Designate a specific area, preferably a table, to eat all your meals at. Avoid snacking and eating in front of the television or at your desk. This helps you to fully focus on what you’re eating and feel fuller too.
#351. Turn off all the noise for a few minutes every day to recharge yourself.
#352. Create a garden to sit in and relax. Gardening is a great stress reliever. Nurturing nature helps you put your mind on something besides your worries. Don’t have a garden? Put your favourite plants in a pot on your windowsill or on your balcony. Find a local park to go and sit in with a flask of coffee and a good book.
Expanding Your Horizons
#353. Learn something new every day.
#354. Take on at least one new project a year that frightens you.
#355. Try new foods. Try foods from different cuisines that you normally wouldn’t consider.
#356. Read a genre you normally wouldn’t read. Prefer non-fiction? Give non-fiction a try. Normally read crime novels? Try romance or an autobiography. Prefer to read your books? Try listening to audiobooks instead – it’s a great way to work through your never-ending reading list!
#357. Practice creativity. Foster a more creative mindset that helps you think outside the box in both professional and personal circumstances.
#358. Take a new course. Sign up for a course that improves your knowledge and skills. Don’t have time to go for a class in the evenings? Sign up for an online course that you can do first thing in the morning or during your lunch break. My favourite online course provider is Udemy.
#359. Learn a new language. Speaking two or more languages builds cognitive skills like multi-tasking, improved memory and better decision-making skills.
#360. Take up a new hobby. Learning a new hobby and skill is fun and fulfilling. This makes you a more interesting person and challenges your brain to learn something different.
#361. Learn to play chess or other challenging games. Challenging games build focus, strengthen your mind and cognitive skills.
#362. Learn to play an instrument or other skill. As well as improving brain function, it’s a great stress-buster too!
#363. Practice being generous. Give of your time, money or compassion. Do random acts of kindness like buying a coffee for the person in front of you.
#364. Volunteer your time to causes that speak to you.
#365. Travel when you can. Travelling leads to personal development by seeing and exploring new places. It improves your communication skills, inspires creativity and gives you an appreciation of everything you already have in your life.
Self improvement tips that will change your life…
There you have it! My best tips for personal growth! With these 365 tips for self improvement, becoming your BEST self and living your BEST life has never been easier. Whatever area of your life you want to improve, use these self improvement tips to help you to get started right away. Pick your favourite tips and start up-levelling your life today!
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Hey there! In case we haven’t met, I’m Sarah, the founder of A Simple and Contented Life. The online coaching practice that helps moms and mompreneurs with an online biz create more balance so that they can thrive both at home and at work WITHOUT feeling like they have to choose between the two.
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