It is early February, we all know that the diet has gone out the window and you may or may not have given up on all those other New Year resolutions. Or possibly, in a mode of realistic cynicism, you have refused to commit to any. Whatever the state of your new year’s resolution, it is only February and you have many days left to try something new or reform the old. Therefore, I have a suggestion to make:
Consider some of the tips below to make your student life a little more entrepreneurial.
Now although it is possible to debate what makes a good student entrepreneur (possibly a future blog post) there are some key ideas that reoccur. So here goes a few ideas and tips of how can you improve your entrepreneurial mind-set as a student.
1) Punctual: Read your emails daily, reply immediately if necessary but try not to use them as a tool for procrastination. Using a spare five minutes between lectures could make all the difference.
2) Networking: Sit next to someone you don’t know in a seminar, on the bus or in a bar. Say hello and introduce yourself.
3) Failure: Be reflective and learn from your mistakes. Each day write down two things that went well and one thing you wish to improve. For the item you wish to improve on, write down a solution. Keep these items small such as ensuring that tomorrow you go for a run, put those business ideas on paper, get started on that summative or call your mum. The aim is not to make major reforms but to make small cumulative improvements.
4) Productivity: Write a to-do list and limit yourself to only nine tasks. Rank them from the most important to the least important. Cross the three least important off. Complete your new to-do list and allow yourself a small reward. Bear in mind that at this point you probably aren’t still adhering to your “no-chocolate” New Years resolution.
5) Money: Students are often skint and so are start-ups. However saving, planning and budgeting is important. One interesting trick that is suggested is getting piggy bank (one you can’t open) and then putting a £1 in it everyday. By using your loose change you don’t feel like you are making a massive dent in your budget but by the end of the year (if you start on the 1/2/2015) you will have £334. Not bad. You could use it for many things. Possibly even use it to invest in your own business idea. If you are thinking that you’ll forget, my suggestion is to keep track by writing a £1 sign in your planner on each day you have paid. Even better, the Market in Durham are selling tin piggy banks for a £1. PS. If you aren’t using a planner, start immediately!
So there you have it, a few useful ideas to bring a flying start to your February. I’d love to hear how you make your life a little more entrepreneurial. Why don’t you pop along to Entrepreneurs Durham’s next Beers and Business at the New Inn, 08.02.15, 19.30, to have a chat!