Whether you’re a student or a recent graduate, managing your time and setting your priorities straight are some of the most important soft skills you can learn. Prioritizing and time management are dependent on each other, so the clearer your priorities are the easier it will be for you to figure out what comes first and how you should manage your work/school time and your free time. We know it’s not always an easy thing to do, but here are some quick steps that will help you manage your busy life and keep everything on track.
1. Think about your priorities:
Often times, making a list of your priorities is challenging. Everything can be important for different reasons and it’s hard to decide what should come first. So, think about what is important to you, whether it’s your family, your schoolwork, your job search, your health etc. Make a written list of all of these, and think about how you could incorporate them into your daily life.
2. Set goals:
Set a goal for how much time you would like to spend on each priority. Depending on how high on the list the priority is, you will likely have to spend more time on it.
3. Remove unnecessary goals:
After making your list of goals, you may look at it and think it’s a little excessive and overwhelming. This is the point where you have to separate your needs from your wants. Needs should be things you require in order to survive; wants should be things you would like to have but are not essential. For instance, having a roof over your head is a need, but getting a brand new car is a want. Separating the two will help you gain a clearer picture of which goals are unnecessary and can be taken off the list.
4. Follow through:
Following through with all your goals and sticking to your timeline is sometimes the hardest part. We can all get distracted or discouraged or even bored. However, it’s important to stick to your plan and follow through all the way to the end. This is the reason why you started this process in the first place, right?
5. Reward yourself:
This last step is just as important as all the rest. After all your hard work and tough decisions, you should reward yourself with something you enjoy. This positive reinforcement is what helps you refocus and recharge and it will help you prepare for your upcoming goals. School/work time is just as important as free time, so take some time for yourself and be proud of your achievements.
We hope this quick break-down of steps will help you in the future when setting your career goals. Want more information like this? Simply arrange a meeting with your Employment Coordinator; they are here to help you with your career-oriented goals!