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How to make commuting valuable

Commuting time final

Horizons University’s students can study online or on-campus. In order to meet the hectic way of life and working of our on-campus students and to make a new type of offer in the very traditional learning market, Horizons University has opted for the intensive seminar approach: 1-2-day seminars ensure that our students can plan in advance, get the required permissions from work and fully focus on the high impact and quality content of their courses.

Given the specific format of our seminars, our students and professors come from all over the country and sometimes even from abroad! They do know what the term “commuting” means, whether they cover the distance by car, public transportation – or by plane; today we are going to encourage you to turn what is often perceived as negative time (or wasted time) into a more enjoyable moment you can actually decide to turn into valuable time. In other words, let us think positively and grow stronger from the experience. In this post we share some practical tips to make the commuting time as pleasurable and enriching as possible.

1 – Keep learning

Depending on what your family or professional life look like, you may find out that commuting time is the best (if not the only) opportunity to focus on some activity requiring quiet and concentration while the miles fly by. What about preparing for your next course then? What about doing some extra research and reading? In all our courses, whether online or on-campus, students are encouraged to add personal reads to the suggested ones available in the syllabi, while some professors upload into the online course shell the course material before the actual seminar, so that students can already tune in, read in advance, do some personal research work and step int the class fully prepared. Should you have managed to gather articles, books, magazines over the previous couple of days, you may want to dig into those resources while the train/bus/tram is bringing you to your final destination. The extra reading will help you cover new areas of your study topic and start class with fresh ideas you can share with your professor and peers.

Suggested readings:

Le Média du Cross Canal ECommerce

Courrier International

Capital

Management

Le Journal de la Logistique

The Economist

Time Magazine

(Note: most of these offer both the paper-based and online option.)

2 – Buffer time

For some of you, commuting time might be the perfect opportunity to take time off, shut down your professional and academic files and get creative in different areas: read your favorite author’s latest book (to avoid extra weight, a reader like a Kindle would be a great option), listen to the latest episode of your podcasts, tune in with the day’s news and your favorite radio station to unwind at the end of the day or to get ready the energy flowing before a new one. You may also combine the two options by listening to audio books. Listening to some great stories is a great way to get our brain down to work, triggering functions that would otherwise remain idle. The bravest can even do some needle work (as seen on my train last week…), sketch or write ideas down in a notebook (grocery list, blissful thoughts for the day…), following the current trend of the notebook comeback!

Suggested audio programs:

The Moment with Brian Koppelman

Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin

TED Radio Hour: the list and topics are endless

The Busy Marketer with BJ Smith

France Inter

France Culture

3 – The Driver’s Options

Should you be used to commuting by car, it might be a good idea to skip the reading and needle work altogether. We would advise you to get the full audio option: audio books, podcasts, music, elearning courses… The options are endless, as long as you keep your eyes on the road!

Suggested audio resources:

iTunesU

Udemy

SkillShare

(Note: even though some of the courses do feature videos, you may simply start by listening – it works out just fine, tried and tested!)

What are your favorite activities during your commute? What solutions have you found to turn this time into a pleasurable and invigorating moment of your day? Let us know which resources and activities we should add to the list – I am sure we would all be happy to tune in!

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Think BIG!

We are thinking

Horizons University is thinking BIG!

Horizons University is introducing a new student and faculty resourceBusiness Insights: Global (BIG)The business intelligence service is now part of the resources offered to our enrolled business students and faculty

What is it, exactly, and how does it work?

BIG is a highly performant database designed especially for business oriented researchers. It is now readily available via our online learning portal, Moodle. You simply need to log into your Moodle account using your dedicated Username and Password and click on e-libraries. 

BIG stands out thanks to its user-friendly interface and minimalistic design. It will help you reach the requested contents quickly and navigate just as smoothly, suggesting linked terms and articles, helping you see the big picture, relate, analyze and assess the information. BIG interconnects facts and figures, bringing to you premium and authoritative resources you can use in a memoir or dissertation, or in that new course you are passionately designing!

Whether you are a business student or a faculty member, you have now access to a whole range of documents: news, reports, interactive charts, case studies, statistics and data sets.

We are thinking BIG and hope that you will too thanks to this new resource!

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Call for Papers: Extended Deadline!

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First Word: Resolutions

Resolutions

If there is one single word blooming out there at the moment despite the wave of cold sweeping over our countries, it has got to be this one: resolutions.

As we happily step into the new year, this word is inevitable both in real and virtual life. Truth be told, I have never liked it, and possibly this is one of the reasons I will now face it, embrace it and see what possible tips I can share with you to do the same and stick to those resolutions. It cannot hurt, right?

Stop procrastinating. I would start by stopping procrastinating giving resolutions a bit of space in our lives. Maybe we could just rename them to turn them into more friendly beings: objectives, projects, dreams? What do you think? Procrastinating is possibly what’s holding you back. You have always wanted to enroll in the program of your dreams, got this close to doing it by then started fiddling around with your transcripts, forms to fill out etc. Stop. Fill those out and just focus to achieve what you always wanted to achieve. Now!

Drop your fears. Will I be able to teach this class? I have never done this before? How will I make this course engaging? Will the students like and be responsive to the material I have prepared? I guess there is only one way of finding out: drop the fear cloak, show who you really are and what you are made of and go for it! Fearing one’s entourage or environment is a healthy thing; kids go through fears to grow, it is inevitable. It is part of our development pattern. At some point finding the courage and means to overcome them represents the next level. Let the game begin!

Set specific goals. Sometimes it can be difficult to see clearly among the flurry of tasks to accomplish on a daily basis. To get your feet back to the ground and let go of clutter and unnecessary or time-consuming processes, it might help to set yourselves specific goals. You said you were going to finish the Horizons University course within the 15-week study period? Then a zillion things came into the picture and distracted you? Time to refocus. Set two or three goals you can reach simultaneously, reschedule, contemplate priorities and other options to help you get there. I find that when setting goals that visualising them and the process to reach them is extremely helpful: why not start making bullet lists or to-do lists or jotting down a mindmap?

Take the holistic approach. We all live in an intricate environment where the professional and personal lives are intertwined and work (or should work) together hand in hand. To allow yourself to work and study in sound conditions and a sound, supportive environment, take the holistic approach: think about ways to learn better – maybe improving your diet, or exercising more?

Track your progression. The final tip to keep all this together is another organizational suggestion: to actually see how you are doing, whether you are going forward and reaching your goals (finances, food, fitness, projects…), follow your progression by keeping track of it. There are countless apps and tools out there to help you manage your own development, among them, we can suggest Trello (project management), Things (task management), MyFitnessPal and Waterlogged (health) because, remember, drinking is key to your brain, eating well too and being just a workaholic might not help your efficiency.

Tips to manage and hold on tight to those helpful resolutions depend largely on everyone’s experience, so feel free to share your feedback and suggestions so that we can all plan our successful year ahead in the best way possible! If you had to pick one word for the start of the year, which one would it be and why?

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