The transition from student to professional life is an interesting journey. It has taken me nearly 3 months to get used to the new sleep schedule, work day, and free time. I definitely have been really slow at adjusting to my new life. I feel more tired now than during my school years and I technically have less work and sleep more. I have more free time now, but feel like I don’t have enough time to work out, cook, clean, and relax. It doesn’t really make any sense. Any other post graduates having similar dilemmas?
I have found some ways to make my transition more successful. Here are some tips:
- Set Goals: It’s the most important tip. I found out that if I didn’t set personal weekly and monthly goals, I wouldn’t accomplish anything. For an entire month, I skipped my workouts and watched TV (not good). I gained back all the weight it took me 6 months to lose. So, I set weekly goals of how many times I am going to workout. Small steps work.
- Enjoy the Free Time: At one point, I started freaking out because I didn’t have enough to do. I stopped enjoying just leisurely sitting down or playing a game of softball. Well, I’m slowing down a little bit and enjoying it. Does it mean spending an entire weekend on the couch watching Entourage marathon? Yes, it does.
- Spend Time With Friends: I have been horrible about this. What can I say? I am an introvert at heart. I just realized I haven’t seen my friends in over a month? How did that happen? Now summer is over and everyone is busy. I’m going to visit a friend this weekend! It’s my goal.
- Worry Less About Money: This actually is mitigated by setting monthly/paycheck goals. I have decided we are going to save an x amount in one month. It’s manageable. I deposit this amount on paycheck day straight to savings.
I can’t spend all my time worrying about the future. I am doing my best in the present, and that’s what I have to focus on. Retirement is forty years away, and I already started putting away money.
It’s easy to get caught up on financial worries when you have a bunch of pf bloggers talking about retirement, freelancing, quitting early to retire, etc. But I have to remember I’m still 22, and if I establish a strong foundation (currently, am working on it), the future should come on its own. Not to say I haven’t learned from pg bloggers. I have and am learning so much! But a lot of pf bloggers are at different stages of their life than me. There’s no need for competition.
If you are a young student transitioning to the professional life, remember these tips!
I just want to be as chill and cool as this kid! Wanna attack life head on, and say yeah I got this!