Affiliate links | We’re told time and time again that we need to get away from our screens, get off of social media and spend more time in the “real” world. Heck, just this month I spoke about why you should have a digital detox! But if the COVID situation has taught us anything, it’s the importance that technology and screens have in our lives. Despite the fact my screen time app on my iPhone shouts at me every week for the amount of time I’ve spent staring at my phone, today I want to talk about screen time activities for personal growth.

Activities For Personal Growth

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But let’s be sensible here, I think we all know our limits when it comes to screen usage. I can definitely feel it in my eyes when I’ve been on a screen for too long and not necessarily realised it. When I get carried away with work or binge watching my favourite show then all of a sudden it hits me that I have a banging headache, my eyes are dry AF and I haven’t moves my limbs in 8 hours.

But technology and online resources have given us so much. So, so much. You only need to look at 2020 so far to see the importance technology has on our lives. I’m sure it saved a lot of people from crippling loneliness in the midst of lockdown. So whilst yes, we need to know our limits and not go over-board with the screen usage, it’s also a great tool to use for activities for personal growth.

And I think now is a great time to focus on our personal growth and self development. We’ve all been through a lot this year – a lot that’s probably going to change us going forward, whether we want it to or not. So it’s definitely a good time to work on those things we want to change, expand on those things we already have and commit to learning more about ourselves than ever before.

If you’re ready to work on yourself and want to use technology, apps and the internet to do that, here are 6 screen time activities for personal growth for you to look into!

Personal Growth

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Do an online course

The courses themselves certainly don’t have to be about personal growth but just the very act of expanding your knowledge and being willing and open to learn something new is a great activity for personal growth. And the great thing is, is there’s so many possibilities out there and options for courses, depending on what you’re after.

If you’re looking to expand on your blogging knowledge, a course like Pinterest With Ell might be for you. After something to tend to your spiritual side? I’d highly recommend Abundane Acdaemy! If you’re after something a bit more academic, Coursera has a huge range of free courses.

Guided meditation & Yoga

If you’re absolutely sick to death of me harping on about Yoga and meditation, then feel free to skip this point (I won’t be offended… much) but if you can, hear me out. You can learn a lot about yourself when you strip it back to basics. When it’s just you and your breath. But if you’re not familiar with meditation or just don’t know where to start, a guided meditation is a great option. I personally love this meditation for self love.

And speaking of Yoga, Yoga is a great tool for personal growth. And the reason I put this on the list is because of the range of free Yoga videos you can find on YouTube. Which are incredible for the health of your mind, body and spirit. Here are 10 Yoga With Adriene practices I’d recommend and Yoga With Adriene practices for every mood.

Run your own workshop

This one fills me with dread thinking about it. That’s how I know it would be incredible for my personal growth. Online workshops, online courses, online anything have proved their worth and value, especially this year. So if you’re an expert in something or have the experience in something that could add value to others, you could consider running your own workshop.

This is a great activity for personal growth because it will allow you to step outside of your comfort zone (more on that in a minute), help you expand on your skills and connect with others – perhaps people you don’t even know – on a much deeper level.

Self Development

Develop a new and exciting project

This is a great way to really go ALL OUT with your personal growth. Throw yourself completely into something new and exciting. That’s completely yours. Something that you’ll have to work hard to build from scratch. Something that might fail… but that’s the point, isn’t it?

You’re never going to grow if you know everything you do will always turn out perfectly. Excuse me for acting like I’m giving a Ted Talk here but it’s true. The most exciting and scary thing for me lately was planning my own retreat. Yes, I know, not online (apart from the planning stage) but the point is, is I’ve never done anything like that before. I had NO IDEA how it was going to go (and ultimately didn’t end up going at all, thanks to COVID).

Step outside of your comfort zone

This was a big one for me last year in terms of my “real” life and I wrote about how I was stepping out of my comfort zone. But this is certainly something you can do online too. Take the last two points as an example. I’m sure for many of us, running an online workshop would feel a bit “fish out of water”. It certainly would for me!

But there are plenty of other ways you can step outside of your comfort zone online or using technology. Going live on Instagram for example, might be a walk in the park for some. For others, an anxiety-inducing nightmare! Or perhaps posting a different style of Instagram photo or writing about something new on your blog.

Listen to personal growth podcasts

Is this one cheating because you don’t TECHNICALLY have to look at a screen in order to listen to a podcast? I suppose you have to navigate a screen to get TO the podcast. So I’ll consider this one a valid point. Podcasts can be a great tool for personal growth. Another positive, is that they don’t have to take up a ton of time! You can listen to them whilst cooking, commuting, gardening or another every day task!

Check out this post about 6 motivational podcasts you should listen to from Boss Babe Chronicles, if you need some recommendations of podcasts!

How do you feel about using screen time activities for personal growth? Do you prefer to take your personal growth work off the screen? Or do you embrace all that technology has to offer us? Let me know!

111 Comments

  1. Since being on furlough, work have paid for me to have access to loads of webinars and workshops to help me keep on top of my skills for when I go back which has been super helpful. I’d also love to host webinars as well, but I need to work on my blog first – one thing at time!

  2. Great post. Online seminars, meditation and gazing sessions have made this time an opportunity rather than a tragedy. I feel badly for the people who are suffering and struggling. Thanks for introducing me to Unsplash.com.

  3. I try to do things off screen because I spend most of my life looking at one but with the world the way it is right now and so much being online I do love doing online courses and listening to things like podcasts x

    Sophie

  4. I’ve experienced a lot of personal growth by using technology. Blogging for instance, and social platforms like Goodreads and I’ve learned a ton too! I think there are definite pros to technology, and as long as we aware of the cons, I think it’s a great way to learn and grow.

  5. Love this post – my screentime over lockdown has become tooooo much!! I now restrict my hours on my phone during work days to give my brain a bit of a break!
    Rosie
    loverosiee.co.uk

  6. These are such great ideas! Online courses are definitely a must and have helped me stay focused and productive! Guided meditation is the one thing I do daily that helps me stay calm and less anxious !

  7. Fantastic ideas, Jenny. I love learning! I’m currently doing Spanish on Duolingo. I do wish I’d made more use of the lockdown and done some blogging courses. I used to always listen to a podcast on my morning commute which sadly is a habit I have never been able to get back into since I no longer have a commute x

    Helen | http://www.whathelenloves.com

  8. I personally really like using technology for personal growth. I have a ton of apps to help clear my mind, and lots that teach me more about the spiritual things I believe in. I also have bought a fair few courses – once I’ve got my mental health back to a healthy place and can concentrate properly again I’m going to be really diving deep into them! I love the idea of starting a project or course – I always feel I have nothing to offer people but I’m starting to think that letting myself believe that is really just holding myself back!

  9. I actually really enjoy listening to podcasts why I work so any on personal growth sound like an incredible idea if I’m honest! Thanks for sharing these tips Jenny x

  10. Oh I LOVE this post Jenny! I’ve actually started to do my Digital Marketing Diploma and I’m taking a day off a week to do it – i.e. nothing BUT screen time. There’s something so satisfying about making progress and I find it so helpful doing it in a ‘guided’ way – same with yoga and meditation apps! I’m also working on a new project, too which I’m getting excited to launch :). I know what you mean about running a workshop, but I honestly think you’d be amazing at it!
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

  11. I’m sticking with the yoga – it’s helped so much during lockdown and I’ve really enjoyed it xx

  12. I’ve always loved the idea of doing an online course and I really regret not doing it whilst I was working from home and I had a lot of time. Thanks for these tips – very useful!

  13. These are all such great ideas! I have definitely been doing a lot of online courses here lately too!

  14. Love these ideas, I’ve actually been doing a few of these already. Investing in myself by listening to podcasts and signing up to online courses to meditating. I’ve been trying to step out of my comfort zone more, doing an IG live is next on my list to conquer. Thanks for sharing dear!

    Tx. // Tajinder Kaur

  15. Throughout lockdown I’ve done online courses which relate to the job I do, I’ve really enjoyed them. Due to working staggers hours it’s hard to commit to checking blog stuff because of work, but I’m trying to keep up with it 😁

  16. Such great tips, thank you for sharing! I’ve always wondered how I could make better use of my time, digitally and I will definitely be trying some of these out! 🌻💖

  17. What a beneficial article to read, especially right now. I’ve been feeling in a bit of a slump when it comes to my life and my work. It’s nice to be reminded that there are activities that can help boost my mood and even spark inspiration! I just began a new e-course and it’s been fantastic. I need to get back to listening to podcasts.

  18. I tried out an online course a while back, and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, as well as how much I learned. I love being able to take something good away from spending time online. 🙂

  19. So fun! Yeah, I use my phone for yoga (I use an app) and I subscribed to my new favorite artist that has an app that sends you daily motivations. It’s great!

    Podcasts too! Although, I haven’t listened to any recently. haha

  20. So many good ideas here! Learning something new is so important. You never really know where it will lead…but you have to take that first step and try. It does pay to stretch our comfort zone a bit…great post!

  21. These are really great tips. I am not brave enough to host a workshop, but I do love taking courses and learning about things! I also really enjoy podcasts as I work our or do some of my side jobs – they get me motivated and keep me productive. Thanks for sharing!

    Love, Em x

  22. Thanks for sharing, I find it hard to step away from the computer/Ipad sometimes, so having something of line like a book or a crossword helps, as it keeps my brain going, podcasts are good to, I find Of the Menu one great to listen to 🙂

  23. These are some great options. I have discovered that there are a number of websites offering free courses right now in light of the COVID-19 lockdown. It seemed like the perfect opportunity, so I signed up for a couple and have been working through them a little each day. I’ve always loved learning, so why not embrace the opportunity?

  24. My challenges are to stay on track with all the possibilities of what I might do, rather than just finding myself trying to take on too much. But I love your list of possibilities – there’s really no excuse in the age of information!

  25. I’ve seen the Abundance Academy on your blog a couple times now and it’s making me feel super-intrigued, might have to check it out! Great post as ever 😁

  26. I love the idea of doing an online course, I haven’t done many before but I know people find them really interesting. I really want to try one and find some new podcasts to read! X

  27. I have to be honest, I spend so much time staring at a laptop or phone that I do prefer doing any personal development stuff away from a screen! Which is also why I always prefer a physical copy of a book rather than a Kindle, for example. But I do realise the value of online courses (I’ve got Ell’s Pinterest course), it’s just finding the time to do them. Love your point about going outside the comfort zone though, that’s really how you know you’re learning! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  28. There are definitely positive benefits to technology and you have highlighted some great things you can do. I love to learn so taking a course would be great to do. I am going to be trying yoga and meditation this week which I am excited about. Thank you for sharing these suggestions Jenny.

    Lauren | http://www.bournemouthgirl.com

  29. Jenny,
    You have mentioned many excellent activities in your post. We are living in the technology age and should embrace it. Having lived without the internet I can tell you I am so much more productive now. I have taken advantage of many of your suggestions and they have made me a better person. Thank you for sharing. Stay safe.

      1. Great post. Thanks for all the info. Mediation apps are great – especially for beginners trying to build their own routine. I would add there are a number of great apps designed to improve overall cognition. One app I use is called Elevate which I absolutely love. It’s game based so a lot of fun and designed to improve skills like focus, memory, math, speaking ability, reading comprehension, etc. I play for 10-15mins everyday and have found it massively beneficial, esp as a writer. Love your blog!

  30. I’d like to do some courses, though anything that requires a lot of work, I’ll leave off until the kids are back at school now I think. I also want to get some money in my
    PayPal so I can look to buy some blogging courses, I’ve done some free ones, it’s time for the next step. I don’t have the money for it in our budget though, I have to earn it.

  31. I think it’s so easy to become absorbed into a social-media black hole but using screen time for something beneficial for personal growth is definitely something I’ve been trying to do during lockdown. I’ve been trying to learn a bit of German and brushing up on my Spanish to try and make my screen-time more productive.

    Tash // A Girl with a View

  32. This is such an interesting post – a completely different way to look at things! And for me really blogging and being part of an online community is all part of self-growth and learning and its great to see that as a positive thing despite meaning I am on my laptop for a lot of the time!

  33. Great post!! I’m definitely at a point where I’m feeling the need to push myself, my only trouble is deciding where I want to focus my energies. I tried looking at an online course but had problems with the one that I chose (bad company, course wasn’t what I thought) and it really put me off, but this is a good inspiration to try again. It would definitely be great if we came out of all of this being able to reflect how it affected us in a positive way as well as the negative.

    Lindsey | https://aramblingreviewer.wordpress.com

    1. Coursera is a good place to start because they’re free. And if it’s not for you, you’re not losing anything. I agree though, there’s so many possibilities it can be hard to know where to start.

  34. This was such an interesting read. I want to try a meditation app and you’ve just persuaded me to go ahead and do it. Love your blog!

  35. Love this! Pros and cons with technology, like with everything, but I completely agree, technology has given us so much and can really be leveraged for our own growth! Thank you for sharing, I definitely needed the motivation, I would love to step out my comfort zone and plan some workshops! Congrats on planning your own retreat, that’s so amazing! 😀 ps I love the Yoga with Adriene self love meditation too!!x

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