Surviving Graduation: 7 Habits to Try Post-Graduation

Welcome back to the second post in my Surviving Graduation blog series! Last time I discussed a few tips to keep up job hunt motivation, and in this post I’m looking at 7 habits to try post-graduation.

Life after graduation can be a tough time, especially if you’ve just finished school or University and you suddenly find yourself with lots of time on your hands. This is the perfect time to try out a few healthy, productive habits.

Below, I’ve put together 7 habits to try post-graduation- and create your perfect routine now that you’re out in the real world!

Wake up at a reasonable time

I’ve mentioned this in my posts before, but waking up at a reasonable time was one of the best habits I tried post-graduation.

There will of course be days when you want to have a lie-in, and days that you need to wake up at a different time- but waking up at 8am everyday (even if I didn’t get straight out of bed!) helped me so much after I finished my studies.

Plan something fun every single week

It was hard when I first graduated, as it wasn’t possible to do anything- we were in the middle of lockdown! Since lockdown ended I’ve made a point to organise something social or fun every single week. This could be a fun outing with my sister, drinks with my friends, or a meal with my family.

I think this is a great habit to make sure you’re enjoying life post-graduation, and keep you busy while you job hunt.

Donโ€™t beat yourself up

It can be so hard to focus on yourself post-graduation when everyone else has big life plans already sorted! A great habit to try post-graduation is to stop beating yourself up as you navigate your way.

Stop comparing yourself to others, and start focusing on your own journey and wherever you want to go.

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Give yourself something to do each day

Life after graduation can be a bit strange if you’ve not got a job yet, or if you’re waiting to start the next stage of your studying career so give yourself something to do each day. That could be meeting up with a friend, writing on your blog, or reading your book.

Giving yourself something to do each day- however small- keeps you in a basic routine while you’re out of a job, and is a good habit to try post-graduation.

Charge your phone!

This is a practical habit that you need to get yourself in now! After graduation, you might need to answer your phone at a moment’s notice- so learn from my mistakes and make sure your phone is always fully-charged before you head out.

Recently, I’ve been going out more and I’ve been on a few train journeys to visit my boyfriend and friends. On the way back from York last time my phone was on 6%, and I had to take a call from an estate agent and keep up with some admin for my new job. Not ideal.

Put your phone on charge the minute it drops below 30% and keep up this habit post-graduation.

Look after yourself

One of the best habits to try post-graduation is to look after yourself. Invest in your health and spend your time making healthy meals or even trying a workout if that’s something you want to do on a daily basis.

Limit time on social media

Time on social media can be such a fun thing- but it can also get to you when friends or family promote their fantastic work, or if the negative news out there affects your mood. Limit the time you spend on social media, and remember to spend a lot of time in the real world with your friends and family.

Have you read my other Surviving Graduation blog post, all about job hunt motivation? What is your favourite habit? What do you think of my habits to try post-graduation?

Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy reading x

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  1. These are all great tips that can help everyone during this time! I think giving yourself something to do each day and something to look forward to during the week can help so much! Also stop comparing yourself to others, mostly after school is so important x

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  2. I love these tips! Limiting your time on social media is such a good point – sometimes you don’t realise how much you’re using it until you cut down! Thanks so much for sharing!x


  3. For an extrovert like me, these tips have been exactly what I have been living by this summer (not graduating yet but still experiencing classic summer boredom). I have been planning social activities, got a job, and trying to wake up before 10 am ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. This makes me feel so strange because the last time I was in school was nearly 10 years ago now and I didn’t go to college. So, I didn’t really experience the in-between that college can create for some people. However, there are a few things on this list that even someone who’s nearing their 30’s can apply to their lives. So, thank you!

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  5. As I didn’t go to Uni, I really don’t understand this struggle but I can imagine the adjustment needed after studying for so long is really difficult! I can imagine this blog post being super helpful for those in this situation! x

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  6. Great tips! It’s so important to have new things to focus on after such an intense period of time. Some people can feel a bit lost and not know what the next step is so your list is ideal to keep motivated.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I would suggest looking for volunteer work if you’re at a loss for something to do after graduating. One of the first things I did was apply to work for a substance abuse charity. That experience led to me doing my postgraduate in addiction

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    1. Thank you Molly ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes I agree, I think you need to try and help yourself when you’re in this transitional period- but it’s understandable that you’re not going to be able to do that all the time x


  8. Hi Eleanor,

    Very useful habits that will serve graduates well.

    Your suggestion to “Stop comparing yourself to others” is great advice. Nothing to be gained there – it isn’t a competition, it’s you doing what is best for you.

    My own graduation was a few (ok, many) years ago but I do remember failing miserably at the ‘Wake up at a reasonable time’ part. Unless, of course, you think that lunchtime is reasonable! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. These are great tips. There is a fine line between taking your impending career seriously (as you should) and taking it too seriously. As someone said on comparisons, Just try to better than what you were yesterday. And a big YES to limiting time on social media. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. It’s been a long time since I graduated, but I feel that these habits are all still so relevant to me! I’m self-employed so it can be hard to keep my productivity up, and also get a good balance between work, rest and socialising! x


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