If you are one of those millions of people stuck at home right now, you don’t have to waste all your free time watching Netflix and surfing the internet. There are multiple personal development routines you can use to improve yourself mentally and physically, without leaving the comfort of your home.
Since you’re not spending hours stuck in your car every week day, you probably have more free time on your hands. You can use this time as an opportunity to take your personal development to the next level, as long as you’re motivated and committed.
Consider these ideas for developing a practical personal development program:
1. Exercise Daily
With gyms closed, you might think this is going to be impossible but you can get all the exercise that most people require right at home.
Many exercises don’t require fancy equipment. Calisthenics, jumping rope, running, and playing basketball, just to name a few.
Additionally, you can ride a bike or do cartwheels in your front yard. In meetings, you can jog in place. There are also a number of high quality exercise videos you can follow along with on your computer or TV.
2. Reading Regularly is great for personal development
You can choose from many reading options. You can still order real books and eBooks. You can also listen to audio books.
Many local libraries still have a process in place for checking out books.
Don’t forget about the content available online. You can stay home and read from a variety of subjects to improve yourself or just widen your horizons.
3. Practice Meditation
While you can meditate anywhere, it is the perfect personal development activity to do at home.
Plus, it’s free.
Meditation can reduce stress and help you to learn how to focus your attention at a higher level, which can lead to better work performance and a calmer demeanor.
4. Personal Development Through Online Learning
You can find a plethora of free and pay courses online. You can learn to draw, speak a language, play the piano, or how to do integral calculus. No matter your interest, there is a course for it.
What interests you?
Add it to your personal development program.
5. Develop Your Writing Skills
Work on developing your writing skills. There are all sorts of ways to use writing to develop yourself. Experts agree that written communication is one of the most valuable skills you can master.
You can write a blog, short story, a book or keep a journal. In fact, keeping a journal one of the best methods for keeping track of the results you’re getting from your personal development program!
6. Search for a Sherpa
Every mountain climber needs a Sherpa to help them reach the highest peaks. Spend some of your time at home looking a mentor that can be the Sherpa for your personal development program. The great thing about the internet is you can contact nearly anyone from the comfort of your home.
Do you think a mentor costs too much?
A mentor can cut years off your learning curve, no matter what it is you’re trying to learn. This saves you time, and over the long run, money.
Plus, right now your future mentor is probably bored and looking for a new project to keep him or her busy. You might be able to get them for a bargain!
7. Spend time developing a positive habit
Bad habits can weigh you down.
With a change in schedule, now is a great time to exchange a bad habit for a good one. Consider how much you could accomplish over the next few years with just a couple of new, positive habits.
The best thing about good habits is that they’re automatic, once you have them established. If you’d like to learn more about developing habits of success, pick up a copy of my book, “The Secrets of the Black Belt Mindset: Turning Simple Habits Into Extraordinary Success”.
8. Uncover your blind spots.
We all have things that we don’t know about ourselves. Something that, if you knew it, would change your life. Uncovering these blind spots needs to be a top priority of your personal development program list.
Face it, it’s not easy to see your own flaws. It can be nearly impossible to see how other people see you.
Uncovering your flaws is real work. However, you’ll be able to accomplish a lot more if you can figure out what it is you’re failing to recognize about yourself.
If you are looking for a method to help you uncover your blind spots, an excellent tool is the Johari Window.
Use Your At Home Time for Developing Your Personal Development Program
With the way things are right now, you’re probably stuck at home more than you’d like to be. And let’s face it, all this home time can become pretty darn boring.
Instead of spending time getting angry watching the news or going on social media, why not use the time you have available to work on your personal development program? Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t make progress in your life.
It might be many years until you have such an excellent opportunity to invest as much time developing yourself as you have today.
So instead of spending time, invest it by take advantage of this unique situation to develop an even better you.