35 Easy Ways To Feel Like You Have Your Shit Together After College
Because the real world is scary and that degree did not teach us how to be functional adults.
If you just graduated in May, you might be feeling the summer slump real hard right now.
There's a pretty good chance that you feel like you have NONE of your shit together.
1. Keep your day (and life) structured with little deadlines and milestones.
2. Get enough rest, which is probably more than you think you need.
3. Allow yourself to feel lost and confused, because it's normal!
4. And seek out help from a professional if you think you need it.
5. Get outside.
6. Get to bed early, and wake up early.
7. Make your bed in the morning.
8. Clean up your smartphone.
9. Get your email's shit together.
Organizing and cleaning up your inbox, removing yourself from old college subscriptions, and making a nice professional-sounding signature are great ways to start. You can also start fresh with a clean slate by setting up a new account where your old school and personal emails are forwarded. Check out more email hacks here.
...and P.S. YOU NEED TO ENABLE THE UNSEND FEATURE IF YOU HAVEN'T YET. It will save your impulsive (drunk) life.
10. Come up with a go-to answer for when people ask you what you're doing these days.
11. ...But don't be afraid to admit that you are just doing you right now, and you have no clue where that will take you.
12. If you are currently funemployed, apply to everything that seems even remotely interesting to you.
13. Take your job search out of your living room to make it somewhat more enjoyable.
14. Purge your closet and buy some new stuff that inspires you.
15. Get a fresh start with a new hairdo.
16. Try some weird new workout classes to find something you actually enjoy doing.
17. Or at least find a way to move a little during your Netflix binges.
18. Go somewhere — anywhere.
19. Create a resume that makes people actually want to hire you.
20. Make to-do lists you can finish in one day, or use an app to do it for you.
This way you're giving yourself little goals to focus on that aren't GET A JOB / FIND AN APARTMENT / FIGURE OUT WHAT A 401K IS. One List is an app for iOS that makes personalized to-do lists more manageable.
21. Read (or re-read) a really good book.
23. Use ALL your college career center's resources.
24. Actually make something.
25. Do some homework to make sure you don't spend all of your savings in the first six months after graduation
26. Learn how to cook something new each week.
27. Find a low-stress, part time job.
28. Keep in touch with your favorite advisors and professors.
29. Volunteer once or twice each week.
VolunteerMatch is a free, location-based app that helps you find local volunteering opportunities for stuff you're passionate about.