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.
Don’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.
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 🙂
Happy reading x