Here are 13 practical personal development activities for students to achieve personal growth and self-improvement.
Being a student is not easy. We are bombarded with expectations that we must be able to fulfill. Just when we think that everything is starting to sail smoothly, change comes in, and the only way for us to move forward is to adapt to that change. There can be changes that are bad for us, and there are those that are actually good. If you are asked to choose between the two, opt for the latter. Good changes make us a better version of ourselves. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Make the most of yourself…for that is all there is of you.”
As a student, we must learn how to improve ourselves so that we will be able to discover our potentials. To guide you, listed below are thirteen useful self-improvement activities that will definitely help you achieve personal growth, making you become more productive, maintain a positive state of mind, and achieve a better quality of life.
- Do not stop learning. Read a book every day! Books are great sources of wisdom. Wisdom improves your personal development. The more books you read, the more wisdom you store. You can also sign up for extra-curricular activities in your school or participate in community extension services. Learning is important because it enhances your mental horizons and improves your life standards.
- Get organized. Another self-improvement idea is to start making and maintaining a to-do list. Identify the urgent and important tasks that need attending. Deadline for assignments and projects must be put in the calendar so that they will not be forgotten. This does not only help you save time, but it keeps you on track.
- Focus on your goal. What do you want to become? Put that into mind, and believe that you will be what you want to be. There will be distractions along the way but as long as you are keen in achieving your goal, you will be fine. It is just a matter of setting your priorities.
- Be here, be now. Learn to live in the present! Do not get stuck up on your past as it will not help you move forward. It will do you nothing other than just dwell on unimportant things. But do not anticipate the future also because it will only give you anxiety. Instead, embrace the present. Do not get hung up on your previous examination. If you think you did not do good, study more. Do not fear of failing again in your next exam. As long as you study now, you will be fine.
- Challenge yourself. Challenges help you advance. There is no one better who can up you for some challenges—YOU! By challenging yourself, you are forced to get out of your comfort zone. It makes you experience new situations that will definitely help you grow. Challenges spice up life, giving you fun and thrills. This will absolutely help you develop personally.
- Get lost. Travel, travel, travel! Do not use the “I’m-a-student-so-I’m-broke” excuses. Save up. Get a part-time job. Traveling is worth spending your money to. There are so many wonderful places to explore and so many interesting people to meet. By traveling and visiting different places, you will be able to discover the beauty of the world. Not only that, you will also gain new friends, new knowledge, and memories. Traveling will also enable you to be open-minded and be more accepting about the differences of people.
- Be choosy. Surround yourself with positive people. Optimists can inspire, empower, and make you happy. These are the people you need in your life. Of course, you can always encounter negative people. However, it will be better if you do not spend too much of your time with them as they will just drag you down. You need the positivity to keep you going!
- Go shake that body. Part of self-improvement includes being in a better physical shape. Go exercise. For a start, you can create a weekly exercise routine. Exercising improves health and strengthens the body, thus making you more active and positive. Researches also show that people who exercise are perceived as strong-willed and disciplined.
- Create a Me Time. It never hurts to be alone at times. Being alone does not represent loneliness. It just gives you the opportunity to concentrate on what is important to you, and it also gives you a time to re-energize. By spending some time alone, you will be able to reflect and reevaluate your values, actions, and thoughts. Hey, even the extroverts need their time alone!
- Keep a journal. Journaling is a good way to gain self-awareness. It helps you control your thinking as well. By writing your observations, it will help you clarify your thought-process. You will also be able to notice insights about yourself by reading what you have written. Your journal can either be private such as a diary, or you can make an online blog so you can share it to others.
- Quit a bad habit; cultivate a good one. Bad habits die hard, but also keep in mind that bad habits can kill you, especially when it involves smoking and drinking heavily. As early as now, quit! Being a student can be so stressful and maybe cigarettes help you calm down, however, they can be damaging in the long run. Kill your bad habits now before they kill you!
- Break a leg. Your body needs it. Set aside your study materials and projects first. Do the things that relax you—treat yourself for a spa, read the books you have always wanted to read but has no time for, bake some goodies, watch some movies—just do anything that will make you forget your worries for a while. Be sure that you will get back on your works in time for you to finish them.
- Always love. Love makes you want to become better. Love makes you want to achieve more. You become the best version of yourself for the ones you love. Speaking of love. It does not only refer to romantic love but all kinds of love—may it be for your parents, siblings, and friends. Whatever it is that you do, always think about the ones you love and those who love you.
Indeed, growth is an essential part of our life. That is why self-improvement is important. If we do not grow, we would just be stuck in one place. Mind you, most people who are stuck become miserable. Miserable people are the saddest because they just settle for less and live their whole lives with regrets. Just because you think that being in your comfort zone is the easiest place to be, it means that is what is best for you—not true at all! Never settle for less because you deserve more. Work hard. Push your limits. Grow.