How to Maximize your Personal Growth Time

Finding time to grow yourself


Re-post from 2013

The most common reason I hear as to why a leader does not invest in personal growth is because they don’t have the time for it. Personal growth does not happen by chance but requires a few key ingredients. Personal growth must be:

  • Prioritized- Turning it into one of your top priorities.
  • Planned- Your growth must be scheduled into your days.
  • Specific- To the skills and abilities you want to develop.
  • Implemented- You must follow through with your growth plan.

Leaders can increase their personal growth by making minor adjustments in their time and days. Here are 3 tips for you, a busy leader, on how to implement more personal growth.

1. Wake up or stay up 15 minutes later-

Carving out just 15 minutes a day for personal growth will equal 1 hour and 45 minutes a week and 7 hours a month. This small investment can produce a huge return on your life and leadership. I recommend setting your alarm clock for 15 minutes earlier or staying up for an extra 15 minutes to engage in personal growth. The benefit to morning growth is that it prepares you for the day. The benefit to evening growth is that your subconscious mind will be thinking about what you learned while you’re sleeping.

2. Take advantage of your breaks at work-

During your breaks you can read several blog posts or listen to a chapter from an audio book (I use several phone apps to do this). You can begin to do this by planning to grow yourself 2-3 breaks a week, I call them growth breaks. What about your lunch time? Most people get between 30-60 minutes for a lunch break. You can arrange a coaching or mentoring session during your lunch time, either meeting the person for a face-to-face lunch or talking with them over the phone or video chat. Maximize your growth time by taking advantage of your breaks.

3. Make it a team effort-

Turning personal growth into a team effort can allow yourself and your entire team to grow. When I was working with youth in drug & alcohol as a Youth Care Specialist, my supervisor would have weekly individual and team meetings with her staff. Those times greatly helped me because I was taking on more leadership responsibilities. My supervisor provided me with advice and mentorship, which I then implemented into my leadership role. I suggest being intentional about helping your people grow and learn during both individual and group meetings. Creating a culture of personal growth will benefit everyone.

Questions: Can you add to the list? How do you implement more personal growth into your busy life?

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11 thoughts on “How to Maximize your Personal Growth Time

  1. Much of my personal growth work is done in the mornings, Dan – everything from meditation, prayer exercise and reading. I have a bad/good habit of waking up with sunrise which makes it easy to get a little head start each day. Thanks for sharing some of these old posts I’ve missed in the past.

  2. It’s surprising how those little bits of time can add up if you use them wisely. I spend a lot of time naturally with God in the mornings and even throughout the day with spiritual growth, but I’m not so intentional about growth with some of the writing related things I should be learning, such as Scrivener, social media, etc. I should probably be making a more intentional plan for those types of things!

    • It sure is Barb. Spiritual growth is so essential and the most important growth for anyone to engage in. You should consider taking a little more time for learning in other areas. Thank you for the comment.

  3. I remember this one. Your list sums up the fact that to pull off any dream or desire, even a God given gift, takes discipline and perseverance… This might be close to my repost too! Good stuff though, Dan! Thanks.

  4. Hi Dan.

    I just subscribed to your blog the other day. In the meantime I’ve been reading several of your articles.

    I like your points about making personal growth a priority and the ideas you shared to do just that.

    I’m curious: how would you define “personal growth”?


    • Hi Conor,

      Thank you for subscribing, I hope you enjoy the two quote books. Personal growth to me is about learning and developing yourself so you can move toward your potential.

      • Thanks for the reminder on those quote books Dan. And thanks for sharing your definition of personal growth. This certainly resonates with me. Yes, for me also, the essence of personal growth is being on the path of expressing one’s full potential. That’s what my upcoming blog aims to support people with actually, i.e. realizing their highest potential, personally and professionally.