Up until now, your calendar year has revolved around school schedules. Now you’ve graduated, and suddenly it’s all about whatever career choice you’re planning to make. You have more freedom than before, yet your choice of career will determine how much freedom – and happiness – you have for the rest of your life. Be sure to make choices authentically aligned with your highest self and you’ll at least be on the right path to a fulfilling life that’s right for you. Here are 6 tips on dealing with life after college:
Plan Ahead – Make sure to allow yourself some thoughtful time to develop a plan for your new schedule. Gather as much information as you can so you are informed and prepared for this next stage of your life—career-wise and life-wise.
Have fun, live a little – Be sure you also leave room for plenty of fun without sacrificing your career goals. Allow some regular time for friends and hobbies, even if it’s only a little bit each day/week.
Choose healthy habits – a big key to happiness is making healthy choices along the way. Taking some steps to create balance in your life will set you up for optimal health and success.
Travel – See as much of the world as you can while you’re young. Perhaps you were able to do a lot of this in college…be sure to make some time for this now as well.
Write about it – It’s always good to write about your experiences. This can be an exciting time that’s fun to write about and look back on later. Or incorporate writing simply as a habit to help you unwind at the end of a busy day, or de-stress during a stressful one.
Allow for enough sleep when you can – Coffee and energy drinks can be welcome treats, just be sure you’re also allowing time for your mind and body to refresh so you can take on the next day.
In addition, don’t forget to consider things like your finances, paying off your student loans, where to live, and keeping in touch with old friends. Here are additional tips and resources on excelling at life after college from: