Organization Skills

Knowing that you are in control of your life can help with easing stress and feelings of being

overwhelmed. Especially when there are a ton of assignments, important tasks, and deadlines

that need to be done, it’s helpful to keep things together by being organized. Although it takes

effort to be organized, it reduces the tendency to overthink by seeing it written down on paper. In

this post, I’ll be sharing five tips and tools to help de-clutter your mind in order to worry less.

1) Get a planner or use an online calendar:

a) My planner has been my physical savior this year. Having to juggle assignment

deadlines, midterms, club tasks, and organizing two big events means that I have

to really make sure I’m not forgetting anything. I’ve learned to stay consistent

with my planner by making sure to write dates and a checklist down as soon as I

find out a deadline. Also, it’s just a nice feeling of accomplishment when I’m able

to check things off of my to-do list.

2) Having a (somewhat)consistent schedule:

a) It’s obviously impossible to know when future assignments are due or when that

next task assigned to you in your club is going to be, but, you can set aside a

block of time to do homework/study, laundry, and workout in your day-to-day

life. Setting aside certain days to do certain tasks is helpful in keeping a part of

your life consistent; having some sort of consistency is helpful in having more

organized flows of thought.

3) De-clutter your desk area:

a) Having a clean space to work can easily change your mindset and level of

concentration when you are trying to get assignments done. A clean work space

ensures that you have fewer distractions which leads to more efficiency in getting

work accomplished. It’s also just easier to find the tools and resources you need

without having to frantically look around for your pencil or charger when you

need it most.

4) Practice putting things away immediately:

a) I’ve found that it’s easier to stay organized when I immediately put back

something I’ve used in its proper place. Instead of just leaving things in different

spots after I’m done using it, it just takes that split second to put back that pair of

scissors, tape, or moisturizer back in its previous position. This ensures that the

next time you urgently need to use the same object and am in a time crunch, it’s

going to be right where it was left previously and cuts back on the time you would

need to search for it, which often results in not being able to find it in that moment

of time.

5) Allow organization to happen overtime:

a) Organization is not going to be an easy overnight change; it takes time to get

accustomed to embodying good habits. So don’t get yourself down when you’re

not able to stick to the goals you’ve made to become organized. Even the smallest

steps count in your process of becoming a more organized, de-cluttered person.

So give yourself the grace of knowing that not everyone is perfect, but that the

effort of becoming more organized is a big step forward in becoming a better version of yourself.

By: Crystal Tan

Women in the Workforce Conference Recap

This past Sunday, April 7th, Berkeley Women in Business hosted its second

annual women in the workforce conference, and it was a great success! Through

keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and conversations with fellow students and

women in business, we all learned a lot about not just women’s issues in the

workplace but also how to begin and advance our careers in the modern world.

Our first keynote speakers, Gioia McCarthy and Kellie McElhaney, spoke at

length about how far women have come in the finance industry and in the business

world in general, touching on the balance of having a full time career and being a

full time parent, a current issue for many women looking to advance their careers

but not willing to sacrifice their family life. Listening to these two powerful and

intelligent women speak was inspiring for all of us in BWIB.

Our second keynote speaker, Jenny Dearborn, was equally as inspiring,

speaking with us candidly about her experiences in the workplace regarding the

growth of her career, her interactions with men in the workplace, and her

strong-willed and passionate attitude that has led her through many obstacles in her

life.

Through breakout sessions that taught us about specific industries and how

to network, we learned so much about tangible ways to start our career and prepare

now as undergrads. Hearing personal stories and getting small tips on interviewing

and recruiting gave us specific ways we can work towards our goals, which was

truly motivating.

Overall, the Women in the Workforce Conference was a great opportunity

for us BWIB members to reflect on why we choose to be apart of such a

motivating and inclusive community here at Cal, with a mission aligned with some

of the most influential and successful women in the Bay Area today. We can’t wait

to see what next year’s conference brings and we hope to use what we learned this

year to continue our work as undergrads in Berkeley Women in Business!

By: Carina Massana

Jane the "Girlboss"

In honor of the fifth and final season of the CW’s Jane the Virgin airing last week, I thought I would highlight lead actress and my role model: Gina Rodriguez. Gina Rodriguez plays Jane Villanueva, who on the show is a virgin who is accidentally artificially inseminated. However, Rodriguez’s character is much more than that-- she is a strong Latina paving her own way as a single woman and mother.

Being a proud Puerto Rican woman, Rodriguez acts as a role model for Latin women. She has always shown support of her community and chooses characters based on how well her community is represented through them. She is also an active member of the Hispanic community and is passionate about strengthening the position of Latin women in society through her work.

Behind Jane The Virgin, the writing staff is comprised of 10 women and 3 men, 4 of the writers are Latinx, and women direct 50% of the episodes. Due to this, Rodriguez was given the opportunity to direct 3 episodes of Jane the Virgin -- allowing her to fulfill her own dream to direct. Rodriguez carries her passion for equal representation of gender and race into any project she takes on. She states that she is “an activist first.” In an interview with Time magazine, Rodriguez stated, “I refuse to enter a space where it’s not as liberating as [Jane the Virgin]. Are 50% of the writers women? The directors? Are those women intersectional?....No? O.K., let’s change that or find yourself someone else.”

Definition:

Girlboss. A confident, capable woman who pursues her own ambitions instead of working for others or otherwise settling in life.

To me, Gina Rodriguez has rightfully earned the title of “Girlboss.” She consistently pushes for what she believes in and does not settle for anything less. If you haven’t yet seen her work, I recommend binge watching Jane the Virgin over dead week (after you are done studying of course).

By: Audrey Oas


Women’s History Month - A Quick History Lesson

It is now March, which means a few things. Spring is here, midterm season is here, and Women’s History Month is here!

Women’s history month commemorates and encourages the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history and modern society. It began in 1981, when congress passed a publication authorizing the week of March 7 as “Women’s History Week”, but over the next five years the National Women’s History Project worked with congress to turn it into Women’s History Month, and now we get to celebrate women all month long!

But why was the National Women’s History Project so adamant about turning Women’s History Week into Women’s History Month? Well as recently as the 1970s, women’s history was hardly addressed, if at all, in K-12 school curriculums. This lack of education upset many women who had worked hard to fight for the rights and social equality for women, and the next generations need to know about it. Women’s history month has helped schools emphasize the impact that females have had in forming our nation’s history, and now that it is a norm to educate children on these topics, we use Women’s History Month to celebrate all that women have done, all that they can do, and all that they are.

This year is no exception, with International Women’s Day being celebrated on March 8th all over the world with marches, social media posts, events, and campaigns to celebrate women. 2019’s campaign theme for International Women’s Day was #BalanceforBetter, which focused on creating a better gender balance in the world, whether it be in the workplace or in society in general. The campaign will continue to run all year long, providing a unified direction to guide continuous collective action for creating a more equitable society to live in. Women’s history month is a great time to appreciate, celebrate, and learn about all of the wonderful women who have paved the way for the equitable society we live in today, so make sure to do your part this month, and every month, to empower the women around you and remember how far we have come.

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Social Media Networking

Assumption:

You are your biggest asset.

Your decisions and experiences highlight your unique abilities and strengths.

Problem:

How to market yourself as an individual for future professional opportunities.

Solution:

Social Media Networking.

In this day and age of increased social media, an myriad of resources exist to help us document everything from the last meal we had to what our current location is. Our generation has been trained to construct our lives through multiple filters and lens for outside viewers to analyze and observe. These skills are great for maintaining social communication with a network of family and friends across geographic boundaries but taking it to another level can give you an upper edge in networking. Using the following professional social media platforms to brand yourself will help you be recognized and selected amongst your peers.

LinkedIn: One of the most popular platforms for professionals, LinkedIn has a wide range of information you can provide to future employers, recruiters, or connections. Spending time to fill out your complete profile but also being active and sharing about your interests can help you stay on the radar.

Twitter: Useful for speaking your mind and “retweeting” thoughts you agree with, Twitter can be used to show support for a public figure or company’s views. Following gurus in the areas of your interest and keeping up with current news can help show future employers or recruiters your interests and stances on issues.

Personal Blog: Less common but more unique, personal blogs show how willing you are to take initiative and spend time learning more and sharing about what you are passionate about. Personal blogs are useful to keep up a timeline of everything you have done relevant to your career.

By: Kavya Jawabnavis


Sources:

https://www.lifewire.com/business-social-networks-3486557

https://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/career-search/articles/career-success-after-college/how-have-professional-presence-social-media/

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/businesswoman-hands-using-laptop-with-icon-social-media-and-social-network-gm916036268-252079108


The Importance of Self-Awareness

Whether you are going through a crazy midterm season or in the midst of recruiting for your next job, it can be easy to feel lost in the midst of it all.  With that being said, if I have l taken away anything from my freshman year of college, it would be the importance of self-awareness.

The term self-awareness can be interpreted differently by every individual, but one of the most important things about self-awareness is your personal mindset. Your personal mindset affects your confidence, your passion, and your ability to pursue your personal goals. In a competitive environment like Berkeley, it can be hard to avoid comparing yourself to the people around you. In fact, we often let other people’s interests become our own, and in doing so, we question our own worth. Today I am here to tell you how special it is to create your own path and appreciate all the work that has led you to this point in your life.

One of the best things you can do for yourself, during any challenging time, is take a step back and look at how far you have come. Every person has gone through their own share of personal struggles and obstacles to get to where they are today: acknowledging the hard work that you’ve put in helps us value ourselves a little more. The next piece of advice I would give is to set two or three personal goals for yourself. What are YOU interested in? What makes YOU happy? These questions often stop getting addressed when we’re juggling all that is going on in our day-to-day lives. Lastly, prioritize yourself. Whether this entails planning out a schedule to meet your weekly deadlines, or taking thirty minutes out of every day for your personal wellness, don’t confuse other people’s expectations as your own obligations.

It is easier said than done to follow your heart and execute the cliche “ everyone has a different path in life”. However, the more you become aware of yourself and your limitless potential, the more you realize how attainable the line is to live up to!

By: Sarah Ding

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