The Busy Girl's Guide to Self-Improvement
The idea for this post came to me because, to be frank, I realized I'm a bit obsessed with self-improvement. I'm that girl who's reading career articles while waiting for class to start and spends entirely too much money on organizational products. But, like the title of this post suggests, I am busy, which means some of these habits just don't end up working out. That's okay! Here are my tips and tricks for improving yourself when you've hardly got five minutes to spare:
It all starts here. If you can't be efficient, it's going to be awfully hard to squeeze anything new into your schedule. I know it's a struggle, believe me, I've got ADHD and convincing myself not to procrastinate is like trying to convince a toddler that they really don't want ice cream. The key is to know yourself and how you work best. I rely heavily on to do lists so that nothing gets forgotten and work in short spurts to allow my brain to decompress regularly. If you know you get easily distracted by Netflix/Instagram/your neighbor blasting Taylor Swift, find solutions to work around those things (ex. website blocking apps/airplane mode/noise-cancelling headphones).
There are a lot of different ideas out there about how to set and achieve goals, so again this is something that will probably need to be personalized. The one thing that I really, really recommend is writing your goals down. They can be as vague or as specific as you want, just don't let them fall victim to your lackluster memory. If you want to really dig deep, you can also write down the steps you think you'll need to take to achieve those goals. Most importantly though, hold yourself accountable. Check in on your list weekly and monthly and make sure you're putting effort into each goal.
Never Stop Learning
I realized recently how much I miss foreign language classes and how much I've always wanted to learn more languages, so I'm finally investing some time every week into doing a bit of practice on a few language learning websites. And you know what? It's super satisfying knowing that I'm expanding my skills and doing something I've always wanted to do and it only takes 10 minutes of my time every day. This also applies to career skills for my fellow college students and those working on building their careers. Set aside 10 or 20 minutes every week to read some career-focused articles or do things like update your resumé. If you ride a bus or train, or even walk on your commute, spend that time reading or listening to a podcast! It's a super easy way to learn new things fairly passively.
Now, I don't want anyone getting burnt out, because that is super easy to do these days. If you're juggling school, work, and life in general, it's going to be tough to add stuff onto your plate. So, push yourself within reason. Apply for that internship you're not sure you'll get, join that book club, wake up an hour earlier every day - just do something that will benefit you and that won't overwhelm you. I recently got accepted as a Style Guru for College Fashionista and while I was worried I would be stretching myself too thin, I also know that it will be beneficial for both my career, my blogging pursuits, and expanding my knowledge in general, so I had to go for it! A little push can do a world of good.