16 Important Habits You Should Develop Before You Graduate

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

Photo by Breanna Marie
Photo by Breanna Marie

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.

2. Exercise

By Meredith Kress
By Meredith Kress

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

By Kellyn Simpkins
By Kellyn Simpkins

There are a ridiculous number of health benefits for staying hydrated – so just do itttttt.

4. Learn how to cook

By Meredith Kress
By Meredith Kress

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

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Photo courtesy of thelala.com

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

By Breanna Coon
By Breanna Coon

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

By Alexis Tokarski
By Alexis Tokarski

It is so important to make time for yourself.

8. Set goals for yourself

By Anna Schultz
By Anna Schultz

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

By Cara Difabio
By Cara Difabio

… but not too many.

10. Stay up to date on current events

By Cassie Howard
By Cassie Howard

Read or watch the news – it’s as easy as skimming the headlines.

11. Read

By Breanna Coon
By Breanna Coon

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

By Molly Longest
By Molly Longest

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

Photo by Nicole Anderson
Photo by Nicole Anderson

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

By Taylor Thoman
By Taylor Thoman

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

By Anna Schultz
By Anna Schultz

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

By Anna Schultz
By Anna Schultz

Because your day is only as good as your night’s sleep.

Megan Prendergast

Editorial Contributor, University of Texas at Austin Major: English/PR Her heart belongs to: her family, friends, chocolate and avocados. Her guilty pleasures: Lofthouse Sugar Cookies and The Bachelorette.

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