3 Ways to Record and Improve Personal Growth

The best way to make sure that you are continually improving yourself is to track the systems you use to make growth a priority in your life.


After recently reading Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, I was inspired to write my thoughts down more often. Goldberg argues that writing practice is akin to stretching before a run. You must do it often to warm yourself up, and you can’t expect gold whenever you sit down to do it.

Journaling is also a wonderful way to find yourself. In my experience, it has allowed me to vent my frustrations without spreading misfortune unto others.

There are a variety of methods that you can use to journal, but I prefer using the computer. When writing straight from my thoughts, I simply can’t keep up with a pen and paper.

Create a Reading Log

This can include a list of books that you have completed, the dates of start and finish, and your notes. Taking in the ideas of others and turning them around in your head is the quickest way to open your mind about new topics and learn pertinent information that you can share with others. You’d be a stale conversation mate if the topics you mentioned in conversation remained the same week after week.

In addition to recording the books you’ve already read, it’s a good idea to keep a list of books that you’d like to read next (for the sake of convenience and to form a habit).

Have a Goals List

Every year you should take the time to visualize yourself in a year’s time. You’ll be surprised at how accurately you can unfold that vision if it’s what you truly want. Your mind will likely continue to churn those goals over month after month, allowing you to be open to opportunities that would otherwise be passed over.

The first step is writing things down so that you’re consciously aware of your subconscious.

(P.S. Here’s a list of my goals.)


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