Self improvement planning

Self Improvement Checklist – “Giving Your Best Life”

5 places to start to develop self improvement. Helpful books, TV shows, websites and quotes to get help you make a plan.

The internet is full of inspiration for improving your life. You need preparation, patience and perseverance to make a real difference to how you live and we believe it starts with how you give. Helping others to giving yourself the opportunity to be who you want to be, everyone needs support and tips along the way. And we’re here to help you.

When you think about improvement, the most difficult part can be starting. This week, we’ve been discussing our own journey and we share the journey of others in our show. But knowing where to find the best self development tips can be hard, especially at the start. So we have picked our favourite things to help you start.

Don’t forget to check out our list of favourite things for free in this site. It includes people, websites, books and shows that we hope will inspire you, just like they did for us. But for now, here’s a list of 10 things you can do right now and kick start a new life worth giving.

  1. Make self improvement a daily habit
  2. Choose your areas
  3. Watch inspirational TV Shows
  4. Learn and grow
  5. Reward yourself

1. Make self improvement a daily habit.

The best time to begin a plan is now and one of the best ways to improve is to keep a journal. By keeping a journal you are able to start where you are now and keep track of your daily goals, achievement and learning.

You can give the journal any name you like – We have heard people refer to a self care, self help or even a self discovery journal. But most of all, the journal is for you alone so you can use it however you like. One of the best ways to get started, is to divide your journal up into specific elements to suit your needs and realistic limits in every day life. There is no point in setting yourself unrealistic goals that could fail before you’ve even started!

So for example, if you only have the time to read a few lines at bedtime, write everything in bullet points or half an hour while travelling to work to listen to a podcast, then make this your daily promise. Write it down and record your journey – Think big, but start small.

To make the process even easier, why not treat yourself to a ready made journal? There are quite a few out there, so we’ve listed a few of our favourites below to give you a head start and take the hassle out of finding a great self improvement journal.

Don’t forget to check out our more in-depth review of our favourite self help journal’s for 2020 here.

The 6-minute diary

The aim of this beautifully presented book is to help you lead a happier and more fulfilled life. Designed to induce positive and powerful habits into your everyday life, the target is to use only 6 minutes a day to put yourself in charge of your thoughts and attitude.

This really is doing the most with little time. Just 3 minutes in the morning and 3 in the evening is all you needy to get started. There are over 70 pages of introduction and guidance, including examples. The diary itself is a whopping 220 pages of daily, weekly and monthly routines… Enough to cover you for around 8 months!

The Best Self Journal

Being busy is NOT the same as being productive.

We LOVE the Self Journal. This has been one of the go-to journals for Rob and Jen for years. We love the templates and tools that are included that will last you 13-weeks.

It’s a daily planner that guides your planning, and tracks your progress. We really enjoy the 3 goal rule that comes with this planner too. Set 3 goals… Achieve them!

The structure is easy to follow and the perfect companion for your self improvement journey. Thousands use it and we’re just one of them.

Best Self planners are available in a variety of colours and include motivational quotes each and every day.

2. Choose your self improvement areas

Very often, people can plough into a self improvement plan without a thought on what it is they are trying to achieve. This is one of the worst ways to go, because if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know how to get there?

Choosing your area of improvement helps to focus your intentions from the start. The best way to do this could be to make a list of the most important aspects of life that you want to improve. They don’t have to be long and they certainly don’t have to be complicated. We’ve compiled a simple list below that you can use if you’re struggling to decide where to start. The best way to improve is to start.

  • Become more fit and healthy
  • Learn a new skill
  • Improve your personal relationships
  • Increase self esteem
  • increase confidence
  • Be more positive
  • Read a book every day
  • Find a new hobby
  • Do something outside your comfort zone
  • Quit a bad habit

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3. Watch inspirational TV Shows

If there is one thing we are not short of, it’s the opportunity to watch tv and films. It doesn’t matter where you turn. Many of these have the potential to inspire and teach us more about the world we live and how amazing we can all be. But don’t worry – If you’re wondering how much does Netflix cost per month, or what to watch, we’ve got you covered. Plus putting “watch TV” on your self improvement plan sounds good right?

We will be reviewing all the paid subscription services soon, including Amazon Prime, Disney + and all the favourites, but there’s also loads of inspirational tv shows and movies you can watch for free either on YouTube or online. We’ve been finding the best films and TV shows to watch in 2020 and our dedicated feature post coming soon, will look at these in more detail

5 inspirational TV Shows and Films to kick you off

  1. Love Actually – Classic British ‘rom com’ to warm the heart of anyone who thinks the art of love is lost.
  2. Elf – Yes we know this is a Christmas film, but it’s the best Christmas film ever!
  3. The Pursuit of Happyness – The true story of a struggling salesman(played by Will Smith). He’s desperate to find his purpose and make a necessary career change. One to watch if you need motivation.
  4. This is us – A very modern TV show that focuses upon one family, who each in their own way, struggle with ‘adulting’. A fantastic insight into how one family can be so different, yet share so much at the same time. Inspirational TV for couples at it’s finest.
  5. Happy People: A Year in Taiga – A Netflix gem, focusing upon a cold, remote village of Bakhta. But don’t let that put you off – Their mindset, vision and approach to life really will inspire you to reflect and realise anything is possible if you are ready and willing to make the change.

4. Learn and Grow

There was a time when learning took a huge amount of money and dedication. You also needed to have previous qualifications, significant investment or enough time in an evening to drive to a class if there was one anywhere near your house.

Well now the game has changed and learning new skills is just a click away! A perfect accompaniment to any self improvement plan is learning.

If you have been looking to brush up your social media skills, finally work out how to do video editing or always fancied yourself as a qualified personal trainer, then look no further. There are literally thousands of ways you can get qualified, unskilled and become a learning ninja – All in your own time. Gone are the days of stuffy university interviews and having to sit with people in night school. Online learning really is the next big thing and it’s getting cheaper all the time.

We’ve been using services online for a while now to keep up to date with the latest marketing and business qualifications. Plus we’ve also attended one-off lectures and workshops from inspirational teachers that we could have only dreamed of before. The list of options is endless from completely free to very expensive, so take your time and choose wisely.

5. Reward Yourself

Ok, so you’ve gone through the list above and you are all set to make a difference to your life. If that’s the case, then it’s about time you gave yourself a big pat on the back and rewarded yourself for all the hard work!

Nothing says achievement, like a good old treat and never has it been more important, than when you really do deserve it. Rewarding yourself truly is a key component of development. It recognises when you have done something you should be proud of, it lets others know that you have done something amazing and most importantly, it motivates you to keep going.

In other words, rewarding yourself is a part of self improvement, because without it, you’re just working and no one likes working without reward do they? Above all else, rewarding yourself can make you feel good. In addition to this feel good factor, rewarding yourself can be whatever you choose. For instance, you may have been looking at that dress for months in the hope that one day, you may be able to wear it. Well then, get out there!

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