8 Steps to the Perfect Personal Development Plan‏

A PDP is defined as the process of creating an action plan based on awareness, values, reflection, goal-setting and planning for personal development within the context of a career, education, relationship or for self-improvement.

Be clear on your goal
It’s important to know what you’re actually aiming for. To have a good personal development plan (PDP), there must be some sort of end goal in mind. This needs to be identified before any planning can begin so steps don’t become confusing or get mixed up.

Be realistic
Being ambitious isn’t a bad thing, but there’s a fine line between [ambition] and complete delusion. Starting with a realistic goal will make the creation of a personal development plan much easier. It’s good to be out of the box, but straying too far defeats the point of a plan.

Check your commitments
It’s great to note down every idea you have, but check your commitments first. Ensure you don’t have an set routine that will be in turmoil by events on your PDP. the best thing to do is lay out any commitments you have in the beginning and decide what can be moved around or adjusted.

Be specific
It’s essential to know what you want, but it’s also [helpful] to be as detailed as possible. This creates a much smoother PDP and helps to make the plan easier to follow when it comes to execution. There’s no word limit, so be as specific as possible – don’t skip a single thought!

Know why you want it
The whole point of a PDP is to get from A to B in the most efficient way. If there isn’t any sort of end goal, the path will become a path to nowhere. Time will be wasted, along with energy and resources. The most successful PDP’s are structured for the easiest execution possible.

Set time aside
As someone who works full-time, blogs, has hobbies and so on, it’s really hard to find time to focus let alone create a personal development plan. By scheduling time, as little as an hour, just to pull away from reality and start creating ideas for the perfect plan.

Identify your support
A PDP can be put together with no help, but it’s nice to know who’s around to support you. As mentioned in my Decisions I Made I Don’t Regret post, one of the best choices I have made is fading away from fake friends and finding real ones. It’s incredibly helpful to focus when you’re mind isn’t busy worrying about the opinion of others.

Make it personal
A personal development plan has to be personal. Not only does this make it a lot easier to create, but also a lot easier to stick to. Emotions can effortlessly become the motivation behind an action so including the occasional intimate detail can push you to follow through.