Now is the time we are settling into post-grad life, as summer months pass by and we realize we are not worried about back-to-school sales or packing up our lives to move into a new dorm. (Although I still love giving advice on these topics!)
Post-grad life is real life. It’s not just a daydream or fantasy away, it’s right here, right now. As Milennials, it’s now time to start building good habits that will carry through our adult years. I admit it’s really scary (at least for me) that it seems like we have our whole lives ahead of us, without a school system to keep us on track. But post-grad life is a season and we can embrace all that is has to offer. Our 20s are the perfect time to make sure we have our values, priorities and schedules figured out. It’s a great time to figure out what real life really is. So, let’s welcome this post-grad life with open minds and open hearts.
Here’s what to do when you realize post-grad life is real life, as you enter the “adult” world:
1. Make goals and write them down.
Then, write down all the fun things you want to accomplish in the next two years. Chances are as a post-grad, you are starting life in a new city, at a new job or in a new environment. It’s easy to get absorbed into this new lifestyle really quickly without thinking of a bigger plan. Don’t get too absorbed into work and forget about other goals you have in life. Take a second to look a the big picture and realize what you want to accomplish in your career, personal life, spiritual life and community. This can be in the form of a 101 in 1001 list or a monthly goals process. Determine what works best for you to keep you on track.
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2. Make a budget and keep track of expenses.
Nothing says welcome to real life like budgets and taxes. But take this time to actually do them and get ahead. Make a plan and save early. Time is on our side as 20-somethings. We have time to save for travel, for weddings, for events, our first home or other special occasions or items. Making budgets is also a great habit to develop early on, so we get used to doing it!
3. Set up coffee dates with old friends.
While it may be easy to come home right after work and curl up with Netflix, think about other ways to spend your time. Now is the time to be intentional with staying in touch with friends from college, high school or work. Maintain these relationships and make an extra effort to go out of your way for friends. Friendships make our life much more richer than any job or TV show.Post-grad is the perfect time to invest in your friendships and make goals for all aspects of life! Click To Tweet
4. Invest in organization tools
While college helps us prepare for maintaining our schedule and staying organized, post-grad life also is a time to make sure we stay on top of meetings, deadlines and important dates. I had to figure out the best way for me to organize my days when I started my job. I just started using Google Calendar this week (I am so behind on this!) and it’s been a good way for me to keep events organized.
5. Never stop learning.
Even though we’re not students anymore, we are all forever learners. Research and reading is probably the #1 to be successful in work and life. Stories, information and knowledge are the heartbeat of innovation, relationships, community and change. Invest some of your time in learning something you’ve never studied before. Whether that means watching Youtube videos about space or science (like I sometimes do on the weekends) or reading a book by a professional who inspires you, keep an open mind to new thought. You may be surprised as to what you find—a new hobby, passion or business idea.When you realize #postgrad life is real life, this is what you should do! Click To Tweet
We may be freaking out that we won’t be living right next door to our best friends or working a lousy job we dread, or hoping we don’t mess up at a big meeting. The post-grad season has its own set of challenges, but take this time to know that all of these tiny details in your life make up a beautiful story. Where you are right now in figuring out these post-grad ups and downs is right where you are supposed to be. Relax. Embrace these new lessons. You’re going to grow in a way like never before. You can’t imagine what’s in store.
Make sure you head over to Kate’s blog, A Thought & A Half, for job tips as a post-grad, as we continue our series on our post-grad summers!
Are you in the post-grad phase of life? What is the transition like for you?