Any time of year is the perfect time to set new goals for yourself, but entering a new year brings an extra element of excitement, motivation, and enthusiasm. So why not take advantage of that inspiration by leveling up in 2024? Although there are many goals to focus on, today we’re sharing ideas on setting personal growth goals so that you can make 2024 the best year yet!
It’s true—some people are naturally good at time management. But for most, it’s definitely a skill that is learned and improved upon over time, usually by trial and error. So, to help you get started on finding the right time management systems and hacks that work for you, here are a few suggestions.
Time blocking is a method of telling your time what to do each day. If you have a task to make calls, choose what day, time, and duration of time that you’ll commit to making those calls. Do this with every aspect of your day including personal life commitments, business goals, and appointments.
This technique takes into account our ability to stay focused for a certain amount of time. So, rather than overwhelming yourself with “how much work” you must do, start with working in chunks of time, such as 25 minutes with small breaks in between. The next time you sit down to get work done, set a timer for yourself and see if you feel a difference in your ability to focus.
Another tried–and–true time management technique to add to your productivity arsenal is called the Eisenhower Matrix. This method helps you prioritize your tasks and responsibilities by giving it a category of “Urgent & Important,” “Not Urgent & Important,” “Urgent & Not Important,” or “Not Urgent & Not Important.” To dive deeper into this method, head to this blog that’s all about the Eisenhower Matrix.
These methods, along with other time management hacks like staying away from multitasking and grouping similar activities will help you stay focused and get the work on your to-do list done. And even for those who are naturally good at time management, there is always room for growth! Give these techniques a try.
When considering personal growth goals to focus on, communication is always a valuable skill to improve. Good communication applies to every area of our lives from our personal relationships to our business endeavors. You’ll never regret working on this life skill. If you’re looking for a place to start, here are a few books that will help you level up in this personal growth area:
- How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie™
- Listen Well, Lead Better – Steve & Becky Harling
- Everyone Communicates, Few Connect – John C. Maxwell©
- The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman
- Good Leaders Ask Great Questions – John C. Maxwell
Your mindset will make or break you when it comes to your professional development. Including your mindset as part of your personal growth goals is key to persevering. While “mindset” is a broad term that can mean so much, here’s a list of different ways to level up your mindset in the new year.
Develop a Growth Mindset
While a fixed mindset believes that you’re either good at something or not, a growth mindset says that you have the ability and capacity to learn and master anything you want to. A growth mindset instills the belief in yourself that you can, in fact, achieve your goals and dreams.
Practice Delayed Gratification
Delayed gratification is crucial to the success of an entrepreneur (and honestly, in any area of life). Saying “no” to something desirable to reap a greater reward in the future is not easy! But sometimes, turning off Netflix™ (desirable) and going out to make new connections (a productive activity) is necessary. In an article by James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, he writes about delayed gratification and how to implement it effectively.
Have an attitude of gratitude and stay positive! Always remember that your journey is unique to you. And even though the road will get rough, take the time to look around to enjoy the beauty of this adventure you’re on called “life” and “entrepreneurship!”
But because it’s not always an easy journey, we need all the help we can get stay positive. So, remember to stay plugged in by reading personal growth books, surrounding yourself with positive people, and minimizing negativity (like social media and the news).
Continue to Persevere
Failure is inevitable. If you’re working hard for something great, there will be roadblocks and setbacks. Without perseverance and a never-quit attitude, your road to success will end all too soon. A great book about developing perseverance is Grit by Angela Duckworth. Check it out and add it to your personal growth goals reading list!
Personal Growth Goals Matter
Goals for the new year typically revolve around business with specific dreams in mind, but personal growth goals matter, too! Your professional and life goals will be met much faster with the right tools.