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Why investing in yourself is the best investment you’ll ever make

by Natalie Chapman

Let’s talk about self-investment for a minute, and we don’t mean that ‘new year, new you’ phrase you see on Facebook at the beginning of every year. Self-investment is a continual practice that will help you lead a happier, more fulfilled life.

Spending time on yourself will not only help boost your confidence but could also improve your focus and help you take on new challenges. Here are 5 easy ways you can start investing in yourself more, give them a go.

Update your LinkedIn profile

It’s probably been a while since you checked your account and being that it’s a new year, perhaps a bit of a makeover is in order.

LinkedIn is the Facebook of the business world, so staying current is pretty important. Update your profile picture, amend your about me and most importantly, brag about your achievements! Accept new connections, you’d be surprised at how many businesses have scouts looking for skills like yours. Find more tips on LinkedIn etiquette here.

Try something new for 30 days

As it turns out, 30 days is the perfect amount of time to make something a habit. The concept is simple: choose something you want to do and do it each day for 30 days. It could be writing a daily blog, doing something thoughtful for your partner, or even cooking a new dish each night for dinner. The trick to this is to choose something that’s achievable, and make yourself accountable. Set a reminder on your phone, get a group of friends in on the idea, do whatever you need to do to remember, it will pay off. And hey, if you didn’t enjoy it after 30 days, you’ll have a whole new month to try something else.

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Make time to practice gratitude

There are so many things we take for granted every single day and it’s so easy to allow the bad things to overwhelm you. Practicing gratitude can be as easy as writing down three things you are grateful for at the end of the day before you go to bed. They don’t have to be world changing – perhaps you used your free coffee stamp today, or you got through all of your ‘to do’ list early. Put these in a jar and re-read them at the end of the month, soon enough you’ll be surprised about how differently you feel about life.

Take away the tech

In an age where our smartphones have become an extension of ourselves, it’s never been more important to make time to switch off and just be.

Take 10 minutes out of your day to hang out on your own. Go for a walk, read a book, do some colouring (colouring as an adult is surprisingly satisfying!). Get to know your likes and dislikes outside of caring about social media and self-validation.

It’s important to note that this will only be effective if you’re not doing anything else – the dishes can wait!

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Be a lifelong learner

Being a lifelong learner is important, and we don’t just mean in the traditional sense of education. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. Not only will they encourage you to better yourself, but they’ll teach you things that textbooks won’t. These are the people that will push you to do more, to be better and to kick those goals that you otherwise wouldn’t have attempted at all. If you are thinking of leaning something new, an online course could help you reach your goals in your own time. Take a look at our courses here.

When we start to give a little importance to self-investment in our everyday lives, the benefits can be huge. So, get started now – future you will thank you for it!

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