The Best Skills to Thrive in Life – Journal

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After a hectic school year, there’s nothing wrong with sleeping in and spending the day watching TV or playing video games. While it’s crucial to take a well-deserved break from your studies, spending all your time doing nothing could later make you regret accomplishing more during your vacation.

Summer vacation is the perfect time to have fun and prepare for the next school year or the world outside the classroom, whether it’s developing new skills or discovering something new. in the city. Below I have listed some of the important skills and ways to develop them.

“The best way not to feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and do good things, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.

-Barack Obama

What is a skill?

According to Merriam-Webster, “competence is the ability to use one’s knowledge effectively and perform well, an acquired power to do something competently, a developed aptitude or ability”. In other words, skill is the ability or talent to accomplish a task within a specified time using one’s time and energy.

Planning skill

As Dwight D. Eisenhower rightly said, “Plans are nothing, planning is everything.”

You may never have thought of planning as a skill, but kids, planning is a skill that lets you develop strategies and prioritize your time and tasks to achieve your goals. Having or developing planning skills helps you create a roadmap for completing a task before you try to start it. The best way to incorporate this talent into your life is to keep a planner or journal with you. Write down your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly tasks and goals and prioritize them according to their due dates and importance, then complete them one by one. It helps you stay focused and motivated towards your goals.

Although summer vacation is about to end, there are still a few weeks left that you can still plan for. For example, plan something you haven’t done yet; analyze the time remaining and the time needed for the activity you still want to do.

Organizational competence

How many times have you said to yourself, “I need to be organized” before you failed? This is a common problem we all face in life; poor organization generally leads to lower productivity and missed opportunities and can increase levels of stress and procrastination.

Planning and organization go hand in hand. So, after planning something, you need to focus and get organized. Being organized involves keeping your workspace organized, meeting deadlines, and working efficiently. For example, start by making your bed, which is the first step in organizing your personal space – your bedroom. Organize your clothes, shelves and study table. Declutter and donate your old books, clothes, and other things you don’t use often, so others can benefit from them.

Management of time

Time management is defined as “using your time productively and efficiently by putting aside all distractions”. But what about when you’re working as productively as possible and still can’t get it all done? That’s because time management is a combination of working productively and prioritizing your time.

The secret to mastering time management skills is to prioritize and categorize your daily activities from urgent to important. Set priorities, determine what needs to be done before anything else. So, for this, you need to characterize your daily tasks and tasks into four categories: most important, least important, most urgent and least urgent.

Urgent tasks require your immediate attention and action, while important tasks require more attention and you need to give them more time because not focusing on the importance could lead to poor results.

In my opinion, planning a schedule every night can make your day more productive and organized than not planning.


Communication is the flow of information from one place to another. It is an integral part of everyday life. Communication can be oral, in writing using print or digital media, such as books, magazines, websites or emails, through graphics using logos, aps, charts or graphics, or non-verbally using body language, gestures and tone and pitch of voice.

The ability to effectively use verbal and non-verbal communication, such as voice, tone, words, and body language according to the situation, audience, and time, is called communication skills and those who know how effectively they can use this talent, literally conquer the world. You can enroll in intensive online or summer courses at various language institutes or you can improve it yourself by listening to various speakers and motivational speakers online, using YouTube videos and educational sites such as the British Council, etc.

Communication skills are the soft skills most sought after by employers, according to a study by LinkedIn.

Academic skills

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Traits and learning techniques that improve your academic performance are called academic skills. After you graduate, they will be crucial to your long-term success. The best students have excellent academic and study skills, which helps them stand out from the crowd.

Improve your knowledge with many educational websites that are great teaching resources. Thousands of lectures are available online for free. Learn new courses and skills to improve your weak points.

Digital skills

In this digital age, computers have become a necessity for everyone, from school-aged children to college graduates and employees. Computer skills are classified into two categories: hardware skills and software skills. Hardware skills are the fundamental knowledge required to operate a computer and connect various devices to it. Software skills involve basic or advanced knowledge of software and programs (such as Microsoft Office software), to access the Internet, manage social media, or create presentations.

To learn the basics, watch tutorials or buy books. You can also enroll in computer training institutes that offer several courses and select the desired courses according to your age and interests.


Writing proficiency involves the ability to express your ideas, knowledge, and information in writing. It is an important part of communication and having the ability to communicate ideas through writing is in high demand.

Well-written documents, emails, and posts can persuade and impress readers. Poor writing skills make for bad first impressions, and many readers will react negatively if they spot a spelling or grammatical error. Work on your weak points and write at least one page a day about anything that interests you, whether it’s a story, poem, essay, or journal.

If you want to build a website and learn how to use HTML. Alternatively, you can use a publishing platform like WordPress to learn how to design a blogging website without knowing any programming language. Basic web design courses are also available on educational websites such as Udemy and Coursera. To share your (non-personal) writings, photographs and videos, you can create a personal blog on a free blogging platform like WordPress, Tumblr or Blogger. Consider publishing your original stories, poems, and writings once your website is up and running.

While reading

Reading is fundamental to communicating and collaborating with others. It is essential to understand all the subjects of each study program at each phase of our education. Improve your reading skills by reading e-books or picking up a hard copy of any genre you like, but kids, read!


According to the World Economic Forum, the top five skills employers are looking for by 2025 are innovation, complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and uniqueness. Creativity is the ability to use one’s imagination to come up with new ideas and think about a task or problem in a unique way.

To enhance your creativity, try keeping a regular journal or sketchbook with you to draw pictures, charts, maps, or jot down ideas and information you get from whatever source. When you read a book or listen to a lecture, you can sketch something related to what you are hearing or watching. It will help you remember things more efficiently and improve your visual learning.

Graphic design and photography are the highest paying jobs these days and they are linked to creative skills. There are many institutes as well as online platforms that offer courses in this field. Also, there are thousands of crafts and DIY projects available online that can easily be done with everyday items that you can find around your home. Engage in different craft and design activities to increase your fine motor skills/dexterity and creativity.

Personal beauty treatments

Personal grooming and personality development is very crucial from an early age as your personality is your first introduction and it leaves a nostalgic impression on others.

The basics of a neat personality are that you should shower daily, wash your hands and sanitize them frequently. Learn basic manners, ethics and etiquette to reflect a refined personality. The way you speak, your values, your conduct and your dress sense say a lot about you. Therefore, it is important to have a neat personality.

Many of us waste this time as a getaway, but we should view it as an opportunity to stay sorted and rewarding. Time is precious, don’t waste it by waking up late, watching TV and using social media all day. Invest in yourself to be positive and productive. Indulge in these activities that will help you improve and benefit you later.

Stay safe and aspire to be a better version of yourself.

Posted in Dawn, Young World, July 16, 2022