9 Simple Ways You Can Invest In Yourself

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Learning to invest in yourself will be the most profitable investment you will ever make. It’s the best way to achieve a better quality of life, be successful and productive is to place a priority on investing in yourself both personally and professionally.

What does it mean to invest in yourself?

Investing in yourself means you are putting time, resources and money into bettering your current life and your future. Rather than focusing on material things, instead you will seek opportunities and assets that will increase your knowledge that can make positive impacts for you. Life is about continuously improving and building a better life for yourself. These are 9 ways to invest yourself:

1. Set Specific Goals

Setting goals will help you accomplish more. When you have identified a goal and written it down, you are far more likely to change your behaviour and make actionable steps to succeed at that goal.

Goals give you clarity on what you want from life instead of having a vague dream of what you want. Once you have set a goal, you can focus your attention and you can channel your energy to achieve it.

When you want to make goals it is important that they are SMART goals:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

I make monthly goals, but it is important to remember that goals can change because life can change. When you make goals you are focused on growing and developing for a successful future.

2. Learn A New Skill

A great way to invest in yourself is to continue learning throughout your life. Learning a new skill not only gives you another skill to add to your career or resumé, but it gives you the chance to keep your mind sharp. Learning new skills is not all about the skills that are going to look good on a resumé or in a job, skills like cooking may not affect your career, but they can help you create a better and happier life.

There are plenty of online courses that can enable you to learn and develop to give yourself the best and happiest life. I want to learn about mental health for children and young people as well as learn how to cook better and bake.

3. Take Care Of Your Physical Health

You cannot learn new skills and grow if there is no you. So, you need to make sure that you look after your physical health.

Ensuring you get enough sleep, eating healthy meals, drink plenty of water and exercise. It is important that you learn how to reduce stress and how to manage it. Investing in your health is vital.

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4. Learn How Money Works

Learning about money is not something I did in school, but I feel that it should be taught because it is important.

Understanding the basics of how you can save as well as make money. No matter what your job is, knowing how money works will help you to increase your income, reach your goals and live a happier life. You can do this by reading financial freedom books, blogs and listen to financial based podcasts.

5. Keep A Journal

Writing in a journal may not sound like a way to invest in yourself as all you are doing is writing about your day, your thoughts or your feelings. However, when you journal daily it make you more self-reflective and this is a powerful form of self-care. You can release any negative thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental apace. Daily journaling can help you:

  • Manage anxiety
  • Reduce stress
  • Identify negative thoughts and behaviours
  • Prioritise your thoughts
  • Work through your problems and fears
  • Increase your esteem
  • Practise mindfulness

If you are using a journal, you will receive huge benefits with self-discovery making you a happier and healthier person who can work towards their future.

6. Take Care Of Your Mental Health

Just like physical health, your mental health is vital in order for you to be productive and successful in your future. In order to invest in yourself, you need to look after your mental wellbeing because you cannot be successful if you are struggling with you mental health. Having a good healthy mental health habits and strategies in place will help you to keep your mind clear, so that you can stay focused on opportunities that life gives you.

7. Keep Organised

Getting organised is a hugely beneficial way to invest in yourself. When you are organised and have a decluttered space you will know where everything is, but you can also use the time you would usually use for looking for lost documents or picking up clutter, to invest in yourself in other areas. For example, you could schedule a work out, take an online course or even listen to an inspiring podcast.

Studies have shown that having an organised and declutters work space enables you to focus and be more productive. This is because clutter makes it harder for your brain to process information.

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8. Let Go Of Guilt

Guilt can be a destructive feeling that can impact your physical and mental health. We can all be guilty of setting high expectations of ourselves and when we do make a mistake (which we all do – we are human after all), it is easy to start overthinking those experiences and the guilty feelings take over. You should instead use them as lessons and learn from each experience. Stop the ‘I should have’ and start thinking that next time I could try this instead. Focus on moving forward.

9. Break Bad Habits

We all have bad habits, but do you know what your bad habits are? Your bad habits are negative behaviour patterns that hurt your physical, emotional or social wellbeing. I am sure you have bad habits you would like to break, we all do.

When you make an effort to tackle your bad habits, it can be empowering especially if you replace your bad habits with good habits. Breaking your bad habits can take a lot of effort and consistency. But it will change your life. To start your new habits and break bad habits, I use habit trackers. Habit trackers focus me and motivate me to keep on track.

Self-investment is the best investment you can make. It doesn’t mean a huge life change, but making small changes that will invest in you. These are 9 positive ways that you can start investing in yourself.

How do you invest in yourself? I’d love to hear in the comments.

46 thoughts on “9 Simple Ways You Can Invest In Yourself

  1. This is awesome. I invest in myself by prayer, reading the word of God, taking life coaching courses. Everyday is a new day and a new step.

  2. These are all great tips! I take tip 2, 3 and 8 very serious! I try to get enough sleep at night to take care of my physical health, I have learned new skills during hard lockdown conditions which I’m glad I did and I’m busy breaking bad habits. Great post!

  3. We definitely agree with learning new skills as a way to invest in yourself. Reading is perhaps the best method through which acquiring new skills. Reading new things also pushing one out of their comfort zone, which helps with true growth. How many of us want to be the same person we were yesterday when the better/best version of ourselves is right there for us tomorrow? Thank you for sharing this!

  4. Lauren,
    The best investment is into yourself and your health. If you don’t take care of you, you won’t be much good to anybody else. Thanks for these important reminders about self-care on many levels.
    Many Blessings
    Lisa

  5. For me, it’s just spending time to recharge for myself. I don’t feel I need to do lots of the other stuff, but it could be really helpful for others to take stock when needed

  6. I do agree that investing on yourself is the best thing a person can do. Reading and writing even in the form of journaling as you said are both ways to invest on yourself. Also learning new things and gaining new skills. Thank you for sharing this post!

  7. These are some really helpful suggestions! I started the SMART goal method a few months ago and I find that it really helps with breaking things down to eventually reach those goals. I love journaling when I can but I know something I really need to work on is educating myself more on the workings of money and the best ways to save it – I definitely agree it should be taught more! Thank you so much for sharing x

  8. Great post! Investing in yourself is really important. I love to learn new things. Achieving financial freedom is also one of my goals. I’ve been reading books about budgeting, saving, and investing lately.

  9. Love this! I’ve been learning that I need to focus more on me and my wants/desires rather than everyone else. It’s hard to put yourself first sometimes (even though it shouldn’t be!), but the end result is definitely well worth it.

  10. You’ve shared some really amazing tips here lovely which I’ll for sure be making good use of. I’m really trying to invest in myself more so I appreciate this post massively. I totally agree with you, money should be spoken about in schools as I left school with no idea about money etc. I’m defiantly working on trying to look after myself more and just focus on bettering my life in the best way I can. Great post! Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

  11. Great post Lauren! Investing in ourselves is one of the most important things we could do. Things like self-love, exercise, and breaking bad habits are great tips. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Great post and a huge YES to all of these! I really want to spend more time learning new skills, learning about finance and taking care of myself more!

  13. This is really important. For me, exercising is the biggest investment in myself. I could do a much better job at looking after my mental health too.

  14. Great points! From personal experience #7 was one of those things that look simple but works like magic. Months ago, I did some major decluttering and strived to do small things like making my bed regularly and the mental+productivity benefits were stunning.

  15. I really love this list. I really love investing in myself by learning and practicing my current skills, and I’ve been learning a new one, I’ve been making soy candles. I really wish schools taught students about managing money, a lot of us come from a place where we never had any before going out into the workforce on how to save it, and that would have been so helpful back then. I think my biggest investment is to do things because you want or need to, and they improve your life in some way, even if it’s just something that makes you happy. Leave things that don’t in the dust, and don’t do things because others are or you feel like you have to.

    1. Making soy candles, that’s awesome! What a fun thing to learn to do. I love candles. Schools definitely should teach about money management. Definitely do things that are going to serve a higher purpose! Thank you for reading and commenting.

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