Create a Personal Development Plan with These Simple Strategies

AD | I think it’s safe to say that we all want to improve ourselves. That’s not to say we’re not incredible as we are, babe, you ROCK already. But we all strive to be the best possible version of ourselves that we can be. At least, I know I do. Do I falter? Heck yes. But I’m always trying and testing the waters of different strategies to create a banging personal development plan for myself.

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It’s only been within the last few years that I’ve really understood the importance of personal development. Since watching people on YouTube like Alyse Parker, who I really admire have I realised that hey, you know what? I could improve myself. And I need to put in the work to do so.

So here are some incredibly simple strategies to help you come up with a banging personal development plan for yourself and become the best version of yourself you can be!

Setting goals

An obvious one to start with but don’t underestimate the power of goal setting. How do you know where you want to end up if you don’t figure out how to get there? I’m a hugely goal orientated person, I thrive on goals. Small achievable goals are 100% the way forward.

They prevent you from being low and disheartened when you don’t achieve them and having smaller goals will keep the motivation and momentum up, as you’ll be ticking more off, more frequently. Dream big, darling. But dream small along the way.

NLP training

I mean, if you’re getting super serious about your personal development and want to take it even further, then NLP training might be for you. You can find accredited NLP training right here, which is all about enabling people through coaching, positive psychology and emotional intelligence to achieve better results.

Whether that’s personal or business related, NLP training offers all the guidance you need to live and work more effectively and have more satisfying lives. NLP training coaches help people find their purpose in life and in business and work on that through various techniques to enable you to become happier and more satisfied. Cool, eh?

Getting clear on your vision

I’ve spoken a little bit about this before in another post and arguably should have put this one first as you’ll need to get clear on your vision BEFORE you set your goals. But in order to create a personal development plan for yourself, you need to be clear on what it is you want to develop and improve on.

There’s no point just saying, “I want to improve EVERYTHING!” because that’s far too broad and you’ll quickly get overwhelmed with not knowing where to start. So ask yourself the important questions. Where do you want to be in 1 year? 5 years? What’s most important to you? What does abundance mean to you? Heck, even leave me a comment with your answers!

Find a routine

A personal development plan is a work in progress. It’s not a 3 hour sprint then ta-da, you’re a different person! It doesn’t work like that – unfortunately. You have to work on it continuously. Which is where finding a routine that works for you, really helps.

Make a note of those things you want to improve on, figure out the small ways you’re going to achieve that and work on them every single day. It might take 30 seconds a day. It might take 10 minutes. Or an hour. But consistency is key and once you figure out that routine, you’ll be well on your way.

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Another handy way to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed by ALL THE THINGS. In my personal life, I’m actually not very good at compartmentalizing. Like, if I know a loved one is sad, it’ll impact my work and how I feel during the day. It’s something I definitely have to work on so I don’t feel right giving advice on this one.

But I know it IS helpful. Of course everything is connected, sometimes it’s not possible to compartmentalize. Sometimes it’s important that we actively DON’T compartmentalize in order to see the big picture. But when it comes to your personal development plan, look at each area as a separate entity.


Yes, I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes and think I sound awfully wishy-washy. But reflection is key. You sometimes have to look back in order to move forward, especially when it comes to personal development and improving yourself in the long run.

What worked? What really bloody didn’t work? What did you enjoy? What did you find tedious? What would you like to expand on? And what would you like the throw in the bin? When it comes to your big, personal development plan, you always have to reflect in order to move forward either in the right direction or down to Knockturn Alley.

Do you have a personal development plan? Are you looking to start one? Do you do any of these things on a regular basis? And how do you ensure you’re the best possible version of yourself that you can be?

Let me know in the comments and let’s chat!

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  1. When my depression reared is head these past couple of weeks or so, all routines and plans/schedules that I had just started to get used to went by the wayside. I’m trying to get back on track but still fighting the depression too. It’s hard but I am really trying not to completely shutdown like I usually do. Baby steps, eh. 🙂

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip

  2. I don’t have one right now but it is something I should look into.

  3. Great tips!

    I don’t really have a plan but should create one! 😊

    Love Lozza xo

    1. Thank you x

  4. You’ve given me a lot to think about here! I always have so many goals but I definitely struggle with routine x


    1. I’m glad 🙂 Hope this helps!

  5. This is such an interesting post! I’ll have to share with my sister xx

    1. Hope she enjoys!

  6. Sarah says:

    I really want to get in a routine for blogging xx

    1. I’d definitely recommend it x

  7. I don’t but I think I do need to set more goals for myself x


    1. Would definitely recommend more goals x

  8. You’ve shared some really great tips darling, I’m sure that they’re going to help a load of people. 💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

    1. I sure hope so x

  9. As a busy working law student, I often become vulnerable to emotional stress. I think “compartmentalizing” will greatly help me deal with things. I have heard of this before but your post did a good job explaining it. Thank you!

    Tina I http://www.openconcavity.wordpress.com

    1. Thanks so much – I hope the tips help!

  10. Loved this. Definitely need to make my own plan x

    1. Thank you x

  11. I really needed to kick my butt into gear and I think personal development like this would help! Thank you!!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. I hope it helps!

  12. Lisa Alioto says:

    LOVE it! This is the kind of focus I need!

    1. Thank you!

  13. This is such a good post!
    Some really valuable points on here.

    Luke | http://www.lukeheywoodstyle.co.uk

    1. Thank you x

  14. I’m actually really like you when it comes to small achievable goals so I totally agree with that point. I agree with the whole post, really – self-development is a very good thing and you’ve highlighted some great methods. The things I really struggle with are commitment and not overwhelming myself with too many things but I’m working on them!

    1. Thank you, glad you agree!

  15. I used to do these at work, never thought to do one at home x

    1. They’re so beneficial for both!

  16. Sarah says:

    It’s funny I have tried to start getting into a routine but I know that things will change again and so im struggling with that right now.

    Love the self development parts though and training with NLP. I am going to start looking at this more and giving myself goals I feel like I’ve wasted most of my life and need to do this to get myself sorted and living and enjoying life more.

    1. That’s the thing, it doesn’t matter if things change, it’s your plan, you can change it however often you need! 😌

  17. Routine is definitely something I’m working on because it makes a massive difference to me!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. It sure does!

  18. Cassie says:

    Really insightful. I didn’t even realise what compartmentalising was but I defo do it big time and it an be so detrimental to my productivity.

    1. Thank you x

  19. thewildflowerhippienl says:

    Great post.I am currently reading a lot about personal development. I love these tips. I don’t have whole plan for my own development but I do set goals and try to create a routine.


    1. I’d love to read more books on personal development x

  20. Is it bad that I think in terms of finding the most sustainable version of myself rather than the best possible version of myself? Is it the same thing?
    I just know I spent so long trying to be the best possible me I could be and I burned out so hard; now I’m going okay, maybe I can’t be fantastic but surely it’s better to be reliable and sustainable?

    I don’t see myself in 1 year or 5 years. I’m still in a survival mode when I’m just trying to get through each day. Maybe that’s my answer? In 1 year I’d like to be out of survival mode and thriving? I just don’t know what that is going to look like.

    I feel like I’m really bad at this personal development thing. I mostly think about it in terms of learning how to work pinterest or improving photography and video editing skills (I’m so proud of my first video that I stitched together from multiple films).

    1. Not bad at all, I think that’s a great way of looking at it. I think it’s the same thing – it’s about whatever language you find most comfortable using.

  21. Really enjoyed this, it was really insightful and has spurred me on to create a personal development plan for myself. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome!

  22. I think this post is really good and offers a fresh take on personal development. I think me personally – I always want to improve on EVERYTHING and it kind of turns into a chaotic mess in my head. So I need to take your advice and tackle one thing at the time so I know where to focus.
    Another fantastic post Jenny, you are like a quality blog post writing machine!
    Laura /https://www.laustworld.com

    1. I totally get the chaotic mess! I too often want to improve everything all at once!

  23. I like your post! My personal development strategy is a very simple. I have goals, then planning how to achieve them, then release them. I follow this things over and over again. But there are many interesting things from your post that I can add in to my personal development strategy! ❤️
    Best wishes 💖

    1. Thank you x

  24. Setting goals is such an important one. I find even I don’t always reach them, having set them in the first place has meant I’ve been so much more motivated and got further than I would have without them! x

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. Yep me too!

  25. This is exactly what I needed now for my personal development planning! Thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re welcome!

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