Making the decision to improve yourself is like opening a savings account that will appreciate for the rest of your life. Have you ever imagined what you might do when you grow old? The talents and hobbies you develop now will be there for you forever and will shape the life you have in your retirement. Growing old can be the best part of your entire life if you have a lot of talents and experiences that you can fall back on that will make you a more interesting and active person. Self improvement also brings the result of happiness into your life now when you consider improvements like exercise, yoga and meditation. These are improvements that can bring about a higher quality of life today and put you in touch with other people in a way you never thought possible. Let’s look at just a few of the possibilities available to people who want to take life by the horns and start to improve themselves. Just taking up a new career or a new part-time job can be a great place to start. If you don’t like the job you are in, you can look to improve yourself by finding a career or a job that is different, with new people and a new set of challenges that you may have never thought of before. Some people choose to remain in their present jobs but are simply looking for a way to fill the spare time that they have on the weekends or once a week in the evenings. They may join a drawing class or a painting class. They may take up a hobby on their own if they are disciplined enough to stick with it or they may simply start to take an evening stroll on the weekdays in order to improve their state of mind. There are literally thousands of things you can decide to do in order to improve yourself and it doesn’t have to be complicated or especially challenging if you are just looking for a slight change for the better. If you are stuck in a rut and feeling that your life is passing you by, set yourself to write down two or three things that you really would like to improve about yourself and then design a calendar with each of these goals represented on each day of the week. Make some little boxes for yourself that you have marked onto the calendar and make a point of marking the boxes with an “X” each day that you complete the small challenge that you had in mind for yourself. Watch and see if you actually fill in every box for the week and then make a decision to increase the number of improvements in your life after you have proven your determination over a few weeks. Looking back over your calendar, you will be amazed at all the things you have improved just in a matter of two or three weeks and you will begin to have some new ideas of other things you would like to improve about yourself. You may find that, after a month or two, your calendar has become quite an elaborate tool for determining the things you want to improve in your life and the challenges that you intend to face in the coming months. You may be surprised to see that you have encountered many new people and places that you never would have encountered if you hadn’t started this calendar in the first place. A daily calendar can be a great way to keep an inventory of what you have accomplished in recent weeks and things that you hope to achieve in the future. It’s impossible to maintain a certain level of observation about your life if you only live from day to day. Your life eventually slips into a mediocre rut where you are no longer doing anything good with your time but only getting up and going through the motions as if there were really no purpose to life. Self improvement can be made by simply paying more attention to what you are spending your time doing. A calendar is the perfect tool for this because it allows you to return to your central focus point each and every day and to occasionally contemplate the things that are really important to you and the things that you want to achieve in life. It only takes a little bit of extra effort and some determination and you will be on the road to self improvement in no time. There’s no better time than the present to sit down and start making that calendar now. It may be the best decision you ever made!