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Commercial awareness habits for the New Year

Commercial awareness habits for the New Year

Chantal Elian

09/01/2020

With the start of a new year comes the perfect opportunity to add a few law-related new year’s resolutions to the list. If increasing your commercial awareness is one of them, then trying to get into some new habits can be a great place to start! Here are a few tips to help. 

Base your approach on how you learn best

There are quite a few ways you can interact with the commercial world and figuring out which way suits you best can mean you can do so most effectively. 

Whether you prefer to read summaries and then do your own research or like to skip straight to the detailed articles, getting into the habit of heading to the right place first time is more productive than reading something and taking nothing from it.

Aim to set aside some time   

Whether it is five minutes or an hour, setting aside some time specifically to read the news or some articles can be helpful to stay on track and up to date! Depending on how you like to organise your time, you could set a reminder or mark it on your calendar, or just make a mental note of your plan.

It can be much easier said than done to stick to a routine when things get hectic, so you might need to adapt your routine from time to time. It doesn’t need to be absolute but aiming to set aside some time can mean that when you can manage it, you most likely will.

Pace yourself

When you are focused on improving your commercial awareness, it can be really tempting to sign up to every news notification, mailing list and commercial event possible. It might be the right thing for you but it might also overwhelm you, so take time to consider what you think would be best. There is no pressure to know absolutely everything so you don’t need to try and make sure you cover it all.  

If you know you will read multiple emails daily as they arrive and will reach for every notification, then this might be a great way! On the other hand, if you think you might feel like too many emails will mean you mark them as read but never actually read them, then it can be helpful to be more selective to start with and see what works best for you. 

Bring any helpful habits into the new year with you  

You might already have some great habits or tricks that you used to stay commercially aware or you may have found that they weren’t as helpful as you hoped. Reflect on how you approached commercial awareness previously and keep the things that helped you most with you.

If something wasn’t quite working, then try to find a way to adapt it or consider trying something new in its place. There is no right and wrong way to approach commercial awareness so do not be afraid to change things around as you need.