How do I improve myself?


It seems like a fundamental question that people would ask themselves because apparently, there’s no class for it. It is not a formal education that you can sign up for because it all starts from you. Like Stephen Richards once said, “You are essentially who you create yourself to be, and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.”

I can’t exactly give you the manual book on self-improvement because there are no exact steps on how one improves. However, I want you to keep in mind some of the most mundane, yet essential things you need to acknowledge to improve yourself:

Know you a little better
Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Do you fully recognize and know yourself well?
You need to know who you are, what you want, and what you need for you to improve yourself. If you’re still in doubt about getting to know yourself, you can always google and try to take a personality test, such as MBTI Test, 16 Personality Tests, and many more. These tests are free of charge, so it’s always worth a try!

Shift your mindset
This pandemic is affecting and changing the way many people think. We are stuck with video conferencing apps with the limitations of doing activities offline. Is it tiring you may ask? I guess we all know the answer, and I would be lying if I said it isn’t. I am sure that you definitely want to hang out with your friends. Doing random things just to kill time.
Nevertheless, we shouldn’t be stuck with negative mindsets that keep filling our heads. Whenever we catch negative thoughts, we must replace them with positive ones. Nothing can change your mindset but yourself. Indeed, it takes some time and progress, but why procrastinate if you can do it now?

Stay productive
As students, it is certain that our days are packed with daily classes, group projects, papers, committee-related activities, and many other things. So with that being said, I’ve got to ask you guys: Are you busy, or are you productive?
Being busy and productive are two different things. According to Forbes, we can be busy all day yet still feel like we’re behind on accomplishing our goals.
As we’re getting older, of course, we aspire to be more productive. However, it is crucial to manage our time wisely to not end up being toxic productivity. The author of Joy of Business,  Simone Malasas, stated that when toxic productivity leads your life, you judge yourself every day for what you haven’t done, rather than looking at what you have accomplished. It can make you feel like a failure if you’re not constantly doing
Thus, how can we be productive? Perhaps many of you still underestimate this, but one of the things I recommend to stay productive is by making a to-do list. I figure that putting it into words might help you keep things on track. This way, you can see precisely what you need to do and what your priorities are. Who knows, crossing off the things you have done might be one of the most satisfying things.

Take a decent break; you deserve it
Giving yourself a break is not a crime! It is entirely okay. So, there is no need to feel guilty or blame yourself when you see others are working their fingers to the bone. Nobody should determine when one should take a break because you know yourself better than anyone.

At the end of the day, it is you who decides:
a. Do you want to stop?
b. Do you want to continue to become a better version of yourself?

Words by: Nat Padma
Sources: Life Hack, a Point of Light, The Muse
Picture cred: Pinterest