October 28, 2014 by Roe
An interesting thought came to me right before falling asleep the other night –
I’m going to start making “Roe Tips” (as opposed to Bro/Pro Tips) which essentially will be pointers on how to live/function in the world as a post-grad “adult”. Some serious, perhaps some humorous. It should be a blast. After all, this blog is called “Roe Knows Best”. It’s about time I started sharing my advice based off my experiences. Here’s #1:
Roe Tip #1: Make a To-Do List
Sometimes post-grad life can seem so daunting, you may not know where to start. Closing the proverbial book on academia and higher ed can feel like that relief you get when you shed off a heavy backpack from your shoulders – except the bag weighs 1000 pounds and you don’t have to put it back on ever again. Nice, right? Yes. But now let’s move on to other things that must be done. Life must continue.
Sometimes I make to-do lists for the next day before I go to sleep, sometimes I pen them down after breakfast the morning of. It helps me put my day into perspective and organize my time so I don’t waste it; Just because I’m not employed or going to school doesn’t mean I sit home all day watching TV! (Or want to, for that matter. Though a little bit here and there is nice)
I help my Nonna with her morning routine, try to get a walk in, work on eBaying things, vacuum, read for an hour, practice guitar, sometimes make dinner, bake, do laundry, listen to The Kinks, go to open mic, watch the football game. Things like that.
I even put silly things on there like “Make bed”, “Get dressed”, “Brush teeth” just because it feels good to cross off! I try to put it chronologically, but sometimes when there’s a lot to be done, order doesn’t matter. It’s the crossing off that counts, and feels good at the end of the day. When you put it all down on paper, you get to see your goals and necessary tasks all laid out. And if you don’t get to all of them, that’s okay! There’s always tomorrow.
And if you happen to prefer the 1s and 0s of your friendly computer word processor (or smartphone notepad), go for it! In some respects I tend to be more analog and this is one of them; I love pen and paper for things like this. Crossing things off just feels so nice.
Make a to-do list, guys! Keeps your mind at ease and you always have a point of reference throughout your day!