Make time to invest in yourself

My new cat William

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
Henry David Thoreau

The days go fast, it’s easy to be busy all day but is being busy good and are meeting short-term goals coming at the cost of your long-term career goals.

We start work, read emails, start doing something, attend meeting then more work, emails, meetings, tasks, deadlines.

Doing project work is the primary focus of our work, but does it align with your career goals.

answer these questions

  • When do you improve yourself
  • When do you learn new skills
  • When do you keep up with the latest changes in Dynamics 365/Power Platform

When do you find time to improve yourself? What is the best investment of your time? Invest in yourself and create skills that will benefit you in the long term.

Set yourself the goal of getting better daily and over the year the small improvements will turn into large improvements. The investment in yourself will compound. The best investment you can make with your time is to invest in improving yourself.

Short term

Projects and day-to-day work will take as much as time as you want to give it, there is always another task or more work to do on a project.

Projects is great for short term and medium term results but it’s unlikely to progress your career and it’s unlikely to improve your skills, knowledge and thinking.

Projects are like a hamster wheel, you get on and you keep running all day until you have no energy left. The tasks progress the project but rarely progress your career because the tasks don’t build new skills.

Step back

You step into work and focus on the details to get work done to a high level. To progress your career, you need to step back and focus on the skills which will improve you in the long term.

When you step back, you see the bigger picture and can plan what you need to do to get promoted or progress to the next level.

little and often

There are lots of small things you can do daily to get into the habit.

  • Reading one article a day on Dynamics 365
  • Read a book
  • Watch a YouTube video
  • Do 20 minutes each day to study for a certification

Invest in yourself and to get into the habit of improving yourself, don’t give all your time to other people and their goals.

Think long term

This quote from Farnam street blog helps you understand why thinking long term gets long-term success.

“If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people. But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that.” ― Jeff Bezos

General Mattis says people should have a professional approach to reading and improving themselves

“If you haven’t read hundreds of books, you are functionally illiterate, and you will be incompetent, because your personal experiences alone aren’t broad enough to sustain you.” ― Jim Mattis, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead

Article — General James Mattis, on the Matter of Professional Military Reading.

If you are too busy to read then you are to busy to learn from the past and improve your knowledge, skills and thinking. You are choosing to learn the hard way by trial and error. Reading and learning new skills helps you in future situations because you might have read about it and upgrading your skills gives you a different perspective on the situation.

The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience (or by your men’s experience), i.e. the hard way. By reading, you learn through others’ experiences, generally a better way to do business, especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men. 
Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation, never at a loss for how any problem has been addressed (successfully or unsuccessfully) before. It doesn’t give me all the answers, but it lights what is often a dark path ahead. —General James Mattis


Keep improving yourself every day. The best investment you can from your time is to improve yourself because you benefit from the change every day onwards. 

Improving yourself compounds the investment and your brain is the tool you use the most.

Short-term gains are fleeting, to prosper in the long term you have to focus on yourself and improve your thinking, communication skills and knowledge.

The best time to prepare for tomorrow is 5 years ago, the second best time is today, so get going.