You are either in your shoes or in your bed, so it pays to invest in both.- JOHN WILDSMITH

Investing in yourself is not only rewarding physically and mentally, but it can also benefit your wallet. Not everyone can afford to spend money on much outside of the absolute essentials, however, even the smallest investment has the ability to save big in the long haul. Take an espresso machine for example—a really nice one with all the bells and whistles. We’re talking electric coffee bean grinder, dual-espresso maker, with milk frother attachment. These can be a huge cost upfront. Aside from the monetary investment, you’d have to make your own cup of coffee and be sure that you remembered to buy all of the necessary ingredients at the store. No thank you.

To the contrary, it could actually save you. We can all agree that coffee from your favorite coffee shop is not saving you any money. Not to mention, the hassle of having to drive to said coffee shop and wait in an unpredictably long line. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have great-tasting, free coffee at work. Unfortunately, that coffee is at work and not at home where you need it the most—before you venture out into the world of grumpy household members and morning traffic. 

With this investment, over time, you could have your coffee for a fraction of the cost. You could get more sleep in the morning by skipping the extra stop, and drive to work thinking about how best to execute your day instead of how tired you are. You could walk into work in a good mood and unknowingly encourage those around you to do the same. By investing in yourself in one small area of your life, you can have a huge impact on your day-to-day for the rest of that coffee machine’s lifespan. You’ve saved yourself money, time, and grief. That’s priceless.

When it comes to investing in yourself, consider the long term effects and whether they balance out the initial investment and/or long term costs. Could you hire an assistant?  Even if it were only for an abbreviated time frame, those delegated tasks give you time to work on more important things or focus on self-care, family time, or time just to enjoy your favorite hobby. 

If you don’t have a need for a work assistant, consider the benefits of an assistant for your home life. Hire someone to run errands, pick-up and drop off the family, take care of the fur babies, and turn off the crock pot for you. Those one or two days a week when everyone needs to be in fifty different places, delegate.  There are people out there looking for side-gigs that will not only help them pay the bills but also help them to make professional connections or get a foot in the door with other potential employers. Be that mentor and get a dedicated helper in exchange for a budget-friendly rate. Even an intern assistant can make all the difference in your professional and personal life. Investing in your shoes and your bed is wise, but investing in yourself is imperative.

 

Author Ali Jones

Editor Crissy Norris