Personal/professional growth allows people to develop new skills, advance their qualifications, and become more knowledgeable and more valuable. Whether you are an essential worker, working from home, or you’ve been furloughed/laid off due to the pandemic, today we’re covering how to incorporate that growth into your daily routine.

Read a Book

Although this one may sound cliché – find out which skill/trait you want to expand on or learn, do some research online, and start reading books relevant to your goals and career. Reading provides “mental stimulation, stress reduction, vocabulary expansion, memory improvement, stronger analytical thinking skills” and more.

Continuously Try Something New

Try doing something differently or learn something new as often as you can. Learning is one of the best stimulants for your brain, and constantly challenging yourself, learning to be patient, and problem-solving, while working to achieve a goal or skill is extremely beneficial for self-development and personal growth.

Sign Up for Newsletters/Weekly Blogs

One of the most convenient and simple ways to expand your knowledge is through researching and obtaining online information. There are countless blogs, newsletters, e-books, etc that provide to be great resources to learn and stay current. Subscribe to a few that interest you, and take some time daily to read them!

Take an Online Course/Webinar

Online courses and webinars are extremely underpriced educational tools. They are a great way to learn, get certifications, licensing, and more. They’re more convenient and often provide countless resources.

Evaluate Your Current Skills

One of the best ways to continue to grow is knowing where you currently stand. Evaluating the skills you currently possess, is a great way to figure out your strengths and weaknesses professionally. Once you have a list written out, identify a few areas where you would like to improve. Maybe you want to further improve a strong skill, or give time and energy to a skill you lack but are interested in progressing. Assess your skills and make goals accordingly.

Collaborate With People In your Industry

Utilizing resources and connections within your field is another great way to expand your knowledge. Collaborating with people in your industry can provide you with new developments or ideas, and you may do the same for them.