Personal Development Plan


  1. Define your goals - Ideation phase
  2. Prioritise - Focusing on what is more important/valuable for you
  3. Recognize opportunities and threats
  4. Develop new skills and learnings
  5. Action plan
  6. Set a deadline
  7. Measure progress

How to define a goal

Use this list of questions to map the goals you want to focus on in the next Q/Year

Where have I been?

  • What past experiences brought me to where I'm today?
  • Where I thrived in the past?

Where I am now?

  • What kind of person am I? What abilities & skills do I possess?
  • What am I good at? What are my strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do I love doing?

Where I want to be?

  • What kind of person do I want to become?
  • What abilities & skills do I want to develop?
  • What are my learning goals?
  • Where I can give value to my organisation/team?
  • Which knowledge and skills areas do I need to focus on to deliver both my personal objectives and benefits for my organisation?
  • Which achievements would make me happier?
  • What professional achievement you haven't fulfilled yet?
  • Do you have any unfulfilled dreams which you are now ready to accomplish?

How shall I get there?

  • What learning and development actions do I need to undertake?
  • What resources will I need to do perform them?
  • How shall I overcome obstacles to my learning?

How will I know if I have arrived?

  • How do I measure achievement of goals

What’s holding me back?

  • What’s stopping me from doing what I want to do?
  • Is there a certain habit of mine that preventing or might slow down my progress?

Who can help me?

  • Who can teach me?
  • From whom can I learn?
  • Would do you need from me?


Once you answered those questions, list all the goals and opportunities you can think of.

Out of those goals (5-10 goals) Which one is the most important to you?

One easy way to prio is to use this graph below - you should focus on High value - Low to medium effort for short term goals and High value - High effort for long term goals.


Recognise Opportunities and Threats - Habits

Your current behaviours and habits can either support or not support you to achieve your goal.

  • Which of yours habits or actions are threats to your goal achievement?
  • What actions can you choose to start doing that will help you to achieve your goal?

Develop New Skills / Learning opportunities

What new skills do you need to have or learn to accomplish your goals?

To achieve something you have never achieved before, you need to develop skills you have never had before and start working on those skills as soon as possible.

  • Write down the list of the skills you need to develop

Take Action

  • Write down at least 3-5 most important actions you will need to take within your defined timeframe.


  • How long will it take you to achieve this?

Don't be afraid to commit but try to give reasonable time estimation based on your commitment level.

Measure Progress

The best motivator to stay persistent in achieving goals is your own progress. Even if it is a little progress, it is still something.

It is important to recognize that you are moving forward and to write down things that you are doing well. If something is not going so well, what can you do differently?

  • List your accomplishments and what areas, methods and, strategies do you need update in order to do better.


List of goals

  • Becoming more confident in front of large groups
  • Cultivating a more positive mindset
  • Become a mentor
  • Improve my design velocity
  • Adapt new research methods


Which one the most important and why?

"**Becoming more confident

in front of large groups"**

I want to strengthen this area which I feel I'm lacking at it.This hurt me daily when presenting my decisions to the team.

List of Strengths, potentials and weakness

  • Strengths
  • Potential strengths
  • Weaknesses

Recognise Opportunities and Threats

New Skills

  • Skill #1
  • Skill #2

Action Plan

Goal #1

Becoming more confident in front of large group of people
Interact with 3 new people every week
Work up on voicing your opinion in big groups
Take a presentation course
Present your design to the squad as part of a design review
Give two presentations within the six months

Goal #2

Cultivating a more positive mindset
Create a winnings list dairy - Write down achievements and thing you are grateful forat work and in your personal life.
Join a mindfulness course
Join Wix Karma or any other volunteering program
Start using positive affirmation sentences daily


By the end of the Q

Goal #

By the end of the year

Goal #

Long term

Goal #

Measure progress

Points for a successful plan

  • Tasks should be quantified = You need to be able to measure where you stand and, what are the next steps you need to take.
  • Plan for the short term - Tasks should be achieved in a Q. Longer goals should be broken to smaller tasks
  • Make sure you put reasonable goals that are reachable. Adding goals that are too far-fetched might cause frustrations.
  • Don’t Pursue Too Many Goals At Once, focus on 2-3 tops
  • Engage In Regular Self-Reflection - It is OK to change goals or calibrate tasks

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