Personal Development Activities

6 Practical & Powerful Personal Development Activities

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Personal Development Activities for Adults

We are going to take a look at some personal development activities.

Shall we skip the chit-chat and dive right in? (or maybe a smidge of chit-chat)

Personal development is all about improvement and growth. Learning about ourselves and our lives on a deeper level. 

It’s about discovering and trying out ideas that can make our lives more fulfilling and enjoyable. 

It’s about asking ourselves some questions and then answering those questions. Even if they feel a little tough or awkward. And we don’t pose the questions hoping to find the perfect or right answer.

It’s more about starting a conversation and putting your feelings out there. 

That can feel like a big task. But here is some good news.

Big tasks can easily be broken down into smaller tasks. Smaller tasks are manageable. They can be tackled. 

Often, seeing the power or benefits of seemingly small choices or habits can be difficult. I know I struggle with this. 

Lasting change, improvement, or growth is all about the long game.

Growth in any area of our lives is not an overnight thing. And when we are seeking change, waiting may be the hardest part. 

I know I am not the only one that has to consistently practice patience. I need constant reminders that change takes time. 

These simple ideas may not seem like earth-shattering concepts that will immediately rock your world. But sticking to the simple things and holding ourselves accountable can produce some pretty stellar outcomes. 

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Here Are 6 Personal Development Activities You Should Try Today

1) Read a Book

One of the best things we can have in life is openness. 

Be open to learning something new or seeing something from a different perspective. 

I am a massive book-lover so this happens to be my favorite idea from this list. 

(These personal growth books are my top picks.)

You could also listen to a podcast or watch a TED Talk. 

Be willing to take in new information and maybe even find a way to apply it to your life in a positive way. 

I love it when I read something or hear something and realize I had never thought of something that way before or looked at a situation with that perspective. 

2) Set Goals

Goal setting is about holding ourselves accountable and really committing to something. 

Now, there is no shortage of information out there on setting goals. And there is no one right way to do it. 

But I think the key is setting small and very doable goals. Small goals might not be as exciting but over time they snowball into bigger goals.

Setting realistic goals can keep a little momentum fire burning under us. 

Goals can also keep us engaged in our lives. 

Oh, I almost forgot to mention a very important side note to all this goal talk. Your goals don’t have to be career-focused or money-driven. They don’t have to be directly related to productivity.

We don’t have to pursue things with only the thought or result being about success. We are not machines whose worth is determined by how much we get done. 

Now, those types of goals are great. And on some level, they are necessary.

But there’s room for more. 

What if we had goals that incorporated fun? Goals that added joy to your lives and made us feel good. 

(here are some more tips for goal setting)

3) Journal

This can be a great time for some serious self-reflection. (here’s a simple and beautiful journal)

There is something therapeutic about writing. It can be such a release to clear the space in our minds a little. 

It can help to gain clarity in areas of your life. Journaling opens the door to understanding. 

Our minds can become like a crowded elevator. Some heavy unloading is needed.

Also, getting things out of our minds and onto paper can release the pressure a bit. It’s as if a weight is being lifted from us. Our views or perspectives on situations can change drastically. 

You can also start a gratitude journal. This is a great tool for training your brain to notice and acknowledge the good. I know my brain is not the only little bugger that tends to keep the not-so-great moments front and center.

4) Declutter

This might not seem like an obvious tip on this list. But don’t make the mistake of underestimating it. 

Our physical space enormously impacts how we feel in our day-to-day lives. How we function and live. 

Decluttering is like a gift that keeps on giving. 

I am reminded over and over (especially concerning my kids’ toys) that less is more. 

Here are some helpful tips all about keeping your space clutter-free.

5) Take Care of Yourself

This seems like a super broad idea. So many different ideas fall under this topic.

Sleep. Water. Moving your body. Meditating. Spending time outdoors. Setting boundaries. (this book is a masterclass in boundary setting)

Getting your finances in order. 

Looking at your relationships and how they impact your life. 

Something we might not think about when it comes to taking care of ourselves is leaving space for joy. Making room for things that add to our lives. Even if we feel as if those things don’t hold as much weight or deserve to be prioritized.

You don’t have to (and shouldn’t) tackle all of these areas at once. But choose one that you feel would impact your life and focus your efforts there. (I am focusing on sleep and going to bed earlier right now)

6) Phone Break

This could be the most powerful concept. 

How much time do people spend on their phones? (or some kind of technology)

How much time do you spend on your phone?

Life may feel as if it happening inside of a screen but I assure you the real world is where it’s at. 

I love my phone. I really do. There are so many cool aspects and benefits to technology.

But sometimes they just get in the way. They take up more space than they should be given.

This is not about turning your phone off completely and not touching it for hours at a time. This is more about not having your phone right by your side at all times. 

I have been practicing putting my phone on the kitchen counter from the time my oldest gets home from school until after dinner. It’s on loud. I am still reachable. But my priority is to be present for my family. (not aimlessly scrolling)

Your phone is not the enemy. It also doesn’t need to be your best friend. 

Which of these personal development activities stood out most to you?

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