When working at home, you may often find yourself having idle moments. You are not lazy, but it is not meant for work, either.
These small moments are perfect for a self-improvement project. Not only will you live a better life, but it can also help further your career.
That said, here are seven ways you can improve yourself while you’re working at home:
1. Advocate for Yourself
One of the first self-improvement steps you should take would be to check how you treat yourself.
If you’re the type of person who would make self-deprecating comments all the time or would downplay your achievements, now is the time to work on that. Now that you’re working at home, even your work achievements might not get the recognition that can motivate you for days.
The job now falls to you to learn to talk more kindly to yourself. Acknowledge a job well done and treat yourself whenever you manage to achieve something at work. When you feel your self-confidence waning or don’t have a good day at work, acknowledge these negative feelings but don’t let those rule over you. Be the first person to advocate for yourself.
2. Keep a Diary
If you’re not into journaling, you can create a personal development guide instead. It has a more proactive approach to your self-improvement.
You can include a section where you journal your thoughts if you need to, but the development guide is there to help you figure out and clear your goals.
Since you’re working from home, you have more opportunities to be introspective and to look back at all the things you’ve done. A diary can be great for recalling memories of the day, which can be a lot harder when you’re at home every day. It can help you cherish memories you love, and you can even add photos and get creative with them.
3. Focus on Your Communication
Communication is one of the trickiest parts of working from home. That’s because there is a blurred line between work time and personal time.
Thus, now is the best time to start working on your other communication skills. Face-to-face verbal communication is something that you might be used to doing.
Now, it’s time to ensure that you have excellent oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills. That way, you won’t feel like an awkward mess when you communicate with others outside of the digital realm.
4. Create an Inspirational Room
Since you’re working from home often, it’s good to start playing around with room layouts that could help improve your life in some way. If you have an empty area, you might want to create an inspirational room that immediately sets the mood for you to be in a motivational space. It will help you feel energized by just stepping into the room.
You can make it a small section of your bedroom. But if you have a home office, you can use that space and make it more inspirational while also productive. Invest in high-quality, ergonomic furniture and plan things out based on your tastes and how you use the room.
5. Improve Existing Skills
You don’t have to focus on improving new skills when it might be better to hone the existing skills that you have now. Given the opportunity to work from home, you might have a better chance of upgrading your skills while at home.
It’s still a challenge to go beyond your comfort zone since you’re working on improving something that you’re already good at. The challenge here is not to be discouraged when you don’t get it immediately since you’re used to being good at your existing skills.
Push past that tendency, and you’re going to have a better learning experience for yourself.
6. Take an Online Course
Working at home might have given you more time to use for your self-improvement efforts. If that’s the case, now is the best time to commit to finishing an online course of your choosing.
You can choose an online course that helps you learn a new skill related to your work, an existing skill, or a new skill for your hobbies or fun alone. Either way, there are plenty of online courses that you can do for yourself, but you have to make sure that you finish the coursework.
What’s great about taking an online course is that you can work it at your own pace. Nonetheless, be conscious of that and try to stick to the course until you get what you paid for and manage to learn something new.
7. Consistency is Key
When it comes to self-improvement projects and goals, the key is consistency.
You can’t expect yourself to improve overnight. You want to give yourself the time it takes to achieve your self-improvement goals. You want to ensure that you invest a part of your day dedicated to self-improvement.
If you don’t treat this as a priority, you might never end up doing it. So, it’s a good idea to treat it as a priority until after you manage to finish one self-improvement goal.
You’ll be much happier once you know that you are capable of committing to and completing a self-improvement project.
These personal development tactics are perfect for when you have free time but don’t know what else to do. You do not have to spend every free time you have doing every tactic, but dedicating time to self-improvement can make you a better person.