30 Day Challenge to Invest in Yourself First – Day #17

In our previous post, Day #16 of the 30 Day Challenge we encouraged you to diversify the way you invest TIME in yourself. In order to live a life that truly reflects your own personal values and priorities, you must invest TIME in each area of your life to explore and grow.

A good way to get started is to begin with those areas that are most critical to your financial wellbeing – more specifically those areas that have been most neglected. Think about your physical wellbeing. One of the best ways to optimize the health you have is to schedule regular medical exams. Being proactive reduces potential serious issues and helps you be more mindful in between appointments. It may seem strange at first but schedule out a year of appointments, including vision and dental care.

Another area that tends to be neglected is continuous learning. Consider those topics and areas of expertise that interest you. From carpentry to coding, the only way to improve your skills is to practice and develop them over time. There are a myriad of options when it comes to learning a new skill or building on existing knowledge. Explore online courses, YouTube channels, Podcasts, local classes or workshops. Start where you are able and begin to move in the direction of your goal.

As you plan your TIME blocks for the weeks and months ahead, be strategic about blocking TIME for those areas in your life that have been most neglected. Make a list of each area of your life – Social, Physical, Spiritual, Mental, Relational – and identify the top one or two ways you want to grow over the next year. The journey to financial wellness begins with acknowledging the gaps and blind spots that create anxiety and frustration in our life. Reflect, refocus and get going.