Small Things, Big Impact: 3 Ways to Invest in Yourself


In life, we are constantly investing in something – it’s like a cycle. Whether it’s a new house, a car, or business, the cycle is never ending. However, investments don’t always have to cost that much.

Often, we get caught up in the humdrum of daily life and forget the most priceless investment of all, which is to invest in yourself. 

These days, over 50% of American professionals feel the physical and psychological stress from work. This just goes to show how we are often guilty of putting personal welfare second in place of our professional wellbeing. 

At Habits at Work we call this the traditional corporate “hero” syndrome — someone who overloads themselves with work, comes in early and stays late, and puts the needs of the company above their own. This leaves little room for recovery and idle moments, both of which are incredibly essential in maintaining balance.

Most career guides will tell you to channel your energy into doing the best you can, but not many will tell you to put as much effort in being the best you can be. Remember: Investing in yourself is the only risk-free venture that can yield maximum returns. 

What can you do to redefine what it means to be a modern professional?

How do you make sure you put as much investment in yourself as you do with your work?

Here are three ways to invest in yourself:

1. Keep a clear head

A lot of time is spent contemplating situations in your head, so make sure it’s a nice and positive space to be in.

Keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed by staying organized. There are many ways to do this. Some like to jot down their thoughts and tasks in a journal, which helps them grasp things better as they translate it onto paper.

Other people like to meditate. Forbes explored how meditation can help you deal with the trickiest of situations thrown at you, which is a useful strategy in the volatile world of work.

Discipline yourself to stay silent for just a few minutes in a day to express gratitude. Whatever your preference, it will prevent unnecessary stress and allow you to stay focused. 

2. Nurture your body

No matter how driven your mind may be, it doesn’t mean much if your body isn’t capable of following through. Take care of your health and say no to excessive vices that only make you feel bad the day after. 

Start with small changes, like taking brisk walks around the office or bringing fruit instead of sweets for snacks. Over time, you’ll train yourself to be more conscious of your everyday decisions until it becomes a lifestyle. Good health will provide you with the energy to seize the day with your head held high. 

3. Enrich your mind

Wherever you are in your career, self-improvement should never stop. Aim to be even better than the best version of yourself by constantly learning new things, whether informally or formally.

From online classes and classic literature, to podcasts and webinars, there's a wealth of resources at your fingertips to answer any questions that may be lurking at the back of your mind.

If you do decide to take on further studies, it’s important to get the most from the options that can open even more doors for you. The beauty of online classes is that you can find lessons for virtually anything under the sun, without having to compromise the schedule that you have now. With options like these available, it's become easier than ever to keep learning and growing.

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By Breanna Jenkins