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Congratulations, you have successfully survived another semester of college and are on your well-deserved winter break! This is undoubtedly a hectic time of the year for many students. Between the excitement of the holidays, browsing for internships and planning for the semester ahead, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed about finding the time to achieve all your goals for the upcoming semester.
Time management is the solution for getting the most out of your break. This is an invaluable method that will not only get you through college, but the rest of your professional life! Here are five tips to help you manage your time during winter break.
Organization becomes a lifesaver in times of stress because it creates a structured environment. Take a few moments to gather all pending tasks and important deadlines. Record dates and writes notes on Post-Its or calendars. Through organizing your tasks, you become one step closer to better managing your time.
Once you have organized all your tasks, it is time to divide urgent tasks from those that are long term. In order to prioritize efficiently, ask yourself what matters to you most during your winter break? In which areas should you invest your time the most? Maybe you need to focus on finding a great internship or part-time job, or would it be more beneficial to learn a new skill and practice a hobby? Prioritizing your time will defeat stress and add more structure to your break.
Multitasking is arguably one of the most important skills to master. Though some might define multitasking as having a Netflix marathon while scrolling through TweetDeck, great multitasking is a bit more complex than that.
However, multitasking does not need to be difficult; it only requires commitment. For example, instead of using your phone to mindlessly browse Facebook during your commute, try searching for career opportunities on LinkedIn. Through multitasking, you will be surprised at how much time you can save each day!
Networking and time management seem to be mutually exclusive terms, but there is a connection between the two skills. Busy students can utilize time by merging their academic, professional and social lives through events or workshops offered to college students. Check out FindSpark’s upcoming events, and reach out to your school’s career services office and inquire about their winter events. Networking at school saves time and creates opportunities like expanding your professional circle!
Great time management involves a sense of purpose and direction. In order to sharpen your sense of direction, it is important to visualize a place or phase you want to reach. So many things can happen in a day, but taking control of the time you have can set you up for future success. Visualize how you would like your winter break to proceed and how you would like it to end. What will you have accomplished by the start of the new semester? How will you feel? Visualizing success is the first part of achieving it!
Sometimes it is hard to believe that there are only twenty-fours in the day, and this reality can be especially agitating for busy students or young creatives. Have no fear, go-getters! The key to enriching your life and achieving goals is time management. If you want to make the most of your winter break, you need to develop a plan of how you’d like to manage your time.
Do you have any other tips? Let us know in the comments!