The art of self-development is a subject all in itself that can be studied for decades on end. When we start to look at the part of our life or our skills that we want to improve we think that there’s no time. Naturally, it’s easy to see that we don’t have much of an opportunity to learn how to be a great leader or to make the most of downtime when there is so little of it around. What do we do to better ourselves, either in terms of our self-development or our professional goals, when there is so little time?
Use Online Courses
Online courses are everywhere now and they are designed so you can make the most of them around your life. If you are working and you feel that there’s no opportunity to study there are so many different ways for you to do it that every little moment you have free becomes an opportunity to learn. There are so many different approaches and courses, whether this is Architecting on AWS or learning a whole new subject matter through courses like FutureLearn, these courses are a perfect springboard to a whole new way of thinking so you are able to start in a whole new direction. If you ever think that you want to change career or there is something you’d like to test the waters of, an online course is the perfect start.
Life Is The Classroom
It’s partly to do with making the most of little moments of downtime but you must also remember that there are learning opportunities everywhere. When you are on the go all the time you’ve got to make the most of the small moments when you’re not doing anything, such as when you are commuting. When you are commuting this is the perfect opportunity to absorb a TED talk or a podcast or get the book out and start reading. When we start to think that there is no time this is when we will begin to believe that we have no opportunities.
Consistency In Your Morning Routine
It’s all about the structure you implement into your day. Having consistency in your day from morning to night is all about that morning routine. If you have been hankering to write that book then take a leaf out of Elmore Leonard’s, who wrote early in the morning before going to his job. When you develop a morning routine that incorporates some self-development it doesn’t take long for it to become a habit. And the trick to learning anything new is all about consistency. It’s important to remember that if you feel there is no time, you’ve already set yourself up with a self-fulfilling prophecy. Maintaining consistency isn’t just about developing habits but it is what will keep you going when you struggle to acquire a new skill. And yes, there will be times when we won’t be able to stick to our routine but like anything in life it’s about getting back onto the horse as soon as possible. Self-development is all down to you and no one else can do it.