The word habit is often associated with negative activities like biting your nails or procrastinating. But if habits are chosen intentionally, they can help you develop skills that are useful in college and beyond. The following are examples of good habits worth keeping:
1. Keeping up with the news.
It’s important to follow current events—both domestically and internationally, which keeps you well informed. Also keep up with news specifically related to your major or area of study. Staying on top of trends will impress teachers, colleagues, and even future employers.
2. Searching for student discounts.
Your student ID card is a ticket to a whole slew of discounts. Always look for ways to present student ID for special offerings. Check out this blog post for ideas on where you can put your ID to good use.
3. Reading for pleasure.
Reading keeps your mind creative and open, and provides a wealth of knowledge that will only help you in the long run. Plus, studies show that reading before bed can help you sleep. Plus you can get a ton of awesome titles for up to 90% less on the ValoreBooks marketplace. So shut the laptop and open a book!
4. Updating your resume.
If you haven’t yet, put together a basic resume. Check out this tutorial for help. If you’ve done that already, make sure you’re consistently updating the resume with new work experiences and skills.
5. Making your breaks productive.
If you find you’re short on time but in need of some relaxation, look for ways to combine breaks with work. For example, you can clean up your room while taking a break from your essay. In other words: if you’re going to procrastinate, you may as well do it wisely!
6. Planning ahead.
Whether that means studying for an exam a few weeks in advance or buying tickets for a spring break trip early, planning ahead will make your current and future life easier and more successful.