Help me find work-life balance as a recent college graduate.
April 25, 2014 8:13 AM Subscribe
I graduated college a year ago, and I'm having trouble acclimating to my new life. Plenty of special snowflake info inside, but I would love any tools or anecdotes about how your life changed after college.
posted by bbqturtle to Work & Money (46 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
My basic problem is that I don't have enough time to relax at home, or maybe I have the wrong prospective/priorities for this balance. I would really love tips. Read as much detail/as little detail as you'd like.
What I'd like to do that I'm not:
Yoga at least once a week
Make friends at a bar once a week/recreational meetups
Go for at least one hike/bike ride once a week
Cook 4-5 meals a week
Go grocery shopping at least once a month if not every week
Keep a clean apartment and car and meet minimum maintenance requirements.
Get Healthy sleep
Have time to play 2-3 hours of video games with my brother each week
Practice piano every other day.
Haircut once a month.
Meet with guy friends that aren't my girlfriend and hang out.
My problem seems to be that days are half as long as they need to be for me to do everything. Here are the details of my schedule so you can learn more (if you want) but if you have any ideas AT ALL I would love them :)
I graduated last spring (2013) and landed an outstanding job at my dream company. My dream company is appx. 45 minutes away from where I live. I work around 8 1/2 hours a day including lunch.
I would like to sleep a minimum of 6 hours and 30 minutes a night.
My morning routine every morning is exactly an hour.
That means (starting at midnight) I have from 5:30pm to midnight to take care of all of my at-home needs. And, all weekend! And yet, somehow, I do 0 of those things. I get home, use the bathroom for 30 minutes to refresh after work, feel tired, play on my phone for a half hour, go to my girlfriends place, eat a frozen dinner, play video games, watch a movie, take a nap, get home around 1AM, and that ruins my chances at everything else. Or, I pick her up, we go out to dinner, get home around 7:30, watch a movie, and I'm home at 11 but too tired to do anything else on my list.
I guess, does anyone have any insights into how I can manage this conundrum? I've tried "just doing the things I want to do" and well, usually I want to lie down somewhere comfy. I have tried putting off enjoyable activities until I finished my "chores" but I am usually so tired after work and the commute that I just fall asleep, still not finishing anything. I guess I am just ready for some new perspectives on how I can accomplish my goals!
Thanks so much! I will babysit this thread today so feel free to ask any questions :)