College gives us the incredible gift of time and flexibility – at what other time in our life will we be able to take a nap at 3 pm or eat breakfast at 11 am.
So why not use this free time and flexibility to our advantage and develop some awesome, lifelong habits. Plus, if we develop these habits now, they will be close to impossible to shake once we graduate.
Check out these important habits that you will help you succeed long after graduation.
1. Wake up earlier
Waking up earlier will give you extra time to relax, get yourself ready for the day, make yourself breakfast (because protein bars just won’t cut it), and maybe even exercise. You will feel accomplished before your day even starts.
The best exercise is exercise – plain and simple. If you choose an exercise that you love, you will be so much more likely to actually exercise. Hate running? Then don’t run – instead choose another fun form of exercise… rock climbing anyone?
3. Drink more water
There are a ridiculous number of health benefits for staying hydrated – so just do itttttt.
4. Learn how to cook
Food is such an important part of our culture – and what could be better than a home-cooked meal that you cooked yourself? Probably nothing. Plus, cooking for yourself will also train you to eat better as you learn what goes into making so many different dishes.
5. Unplug during the day
Find a passion or interest outside of the web. It can be anything from hiking to knitting, reading to running… as long as it keeps you offline for a lil.
6. Keep your space tidy
Keeping your bedroom (and mind) clean and organized helps you succeed and will keep you relaxed. Plus, no one wants to live in a pigsty, right?
7. Be selfish
It is so important to make time for yourself.
8. Set goals for yourself
This means daily, weekly, monthly and yearly… because how else will you accomplish all of the great things you aspire to do? Setting goals for yourself is the first step to success.
9. Take photos
… but not too many.
10. Stay up to date on current events
Read or watch the news – it’s as easy as skimming the headlines.
It doesn’t really matter what you read, but read something. You know that book that you’ve been wanting to read since junior year of high school – yeah, pick it up and start reading it.
12. Start networking
It is important to solidify your college connections… who knows when you’ll need to reach out to your former classmates and friends.
13. Write down your thoughts
Keep a journal to document your days and to help you remember all of the great ideas that pop into your head.
14. Spend time outdoors
Being outdoors is wonderful and relaxing, so find a hobby that allows you to be surrounded by nature. Maybe ditch the city on Saturday with your friends and find a scenic spot to explore.
15. Be yourself
This one might be obvious, but sometimes we get a lil distracted with everything that is going on around us – but be yourself, and be the most awesome version of yourself possible.
16. Go to bed earlier
Because your day is only as good as your night’s sleep.