As a professional, you probably think a lot about your investments. Maybe you've invested money into a new home, the stock market, or a car. Perhaps you've invested in a growing relationship or having children. These are all exciting endeavors, But how often do you invest in yourself?
Taking the time to provide your body and mind the things it needs to survive is essential - especially when it comes to work. It's easy to get caught in the routine of daily tasks - coffee, emails, meetings, repeat? But what if you spent time learning something new that could shake up and improve your routine? Below, we've outlined a few ways for you to invest in yourself to become more productive, efficient, and successful.
The best way avoid remaining stagnant is to continue learning. Whether it's in your direct field or a field you've always been curious about, there are variety of different ways to continue your education:
- Take classes: You can find classes for virtually anything you want to learn online or at your local community college. Sites like Udemy and Skillshare are great places to start.
- Conferences and webinars: Sign up for an upcoming webinar or attend an industry conference to not only hone in on your skills, but network and connect with other professionals in your industry.
- Books and podcasts: Don't underestimate the power of gold old fashion reading and listening! Take a trip to the bookstore or subscribe to an industry podcast to continue your education and help open your mind to new possibilities.
Find a Mentor
Connection and guidance is a powerful tool in a professional's life. Your journey to investing in yourself doesn't have to be a solo trip! Find a mentor who can provide sage advice and help you work through your challenges. The old adage 'teamwork makes the dream work' is popular for a reason - connecting with someone you look up to and can learn from to will give you a welcomed boost in your career.
Continuing your education and finding a mentor are wonderful ways to invest in yourself, but it's important to remember that you need time away from the work, as well. The only way you're going to be able to focus on future pursuits is if you grant yourself time to breath, relax, and reconnect with other important things or people in your life. Here are a few ways you can unwind and find time for yourself:
- Shut down your computer, turn off your phone, and take a walk!
- Find an exercise class you enjoy and make it a weekly commitment.
- Meet up with friends for a coffee or a cocktail.
- Consider meditation - a few minutes a day can be extremely powerful.
- Get creative! Cook a new meal or sign up for a painting or dance class.