Mar. 18, 2015

Investments...

I have been thinking about this for over 2 weeks, now. Rolling around my head - over & over - ha,ha!!! Most people, I believe, when they hear the word, immediately think of stocks. The investments I'm talking about are in yourself & others, & the time you commit to this. I used to think of others, first. My needs were way "down the food chain", so to speak. I learned, the hard way, how backwards this is. If you don't invest in yourself, & your needs, first - you have nothing to give to others. Kind of like starting a garden to eat healthier, & giving it ALL away; while kind-hearted, you're left with nothing to eat, yourself. Also, I'm not saying in a narcisstic way. Yet ANOTHER way to balance your life. Ah, the struggle is real. Sometimes, I really wish I could clone myself. Not realistic, I know. I sit down everyday with a notebook I carry with me, & write out a to-do list. Most of the time, it has WAY more than I can ever accomplish. This used to bother me. Now, if I get half of it done, I feel accomplished. Sometimes, I have gotten over 3/4 - SCORE!!! It all goes back to the investments of my time - needs, & wants, & other things are on the list. Sometimes, you even have to break down & determine which ARE needs vs wants. Oy, again with the BALANCE!!! I DO fine-tune & tweak throughout the day, also. The less I have to waste my VALUABLE time trying to figure out what I'm doing, the better. This enables me to increase my investments. This did not happen overnight. Again, more of the last 23 years of progress. Right now, am sitting in a local coffee shop with about 8 projects sitting here with me. I do, sometimes, get overwhelmed; but that's when I incorporate the "15 Minute" increment practice. It DOES help with my productivity, also. But, that's for another time - ha, ha!!! The bottom-line of this entire post is to decide what you're going to invest yourself in. I challenge you to really take a personal inventory, & fine-tune & tweak your own investment priorities. Have a good day, & be safe...