I'm not exaggerating when I say this is the second busiest work week of the year for me, with next week being the busiest. In the midst of all of the work chaos, I still have responsibilities outside of the office. I've compiled a list of hacks for post-grad life to help you survive both the normal days and the chaotic days, while appearing like you totally have your life together!
Card Box • I have a shoebox from Michaels that's stocked with cards for different occasions. While I love to pick out cards with a specific person in mind, having a box of cards for backup keeps me covered in situations where I'm invited to a last minute birthday dinner for an acquaintance or a coworker's birthday sneaks up on me! (If you're hoping to stock up, check out these thank you notes, these birthday cards, and this set of random, hilarious cards.)
Gift Box • Similar to the card box, I keep a shoebox of little random goodies for above mentioned situations. (I learned this from my mom, who has a little stash of random things she picked up on sale.) You know those crazy good sales where they're practically giving things away? It's the perfect time to stock up! (Think candles, decorative wine stoppers, pretty photo frames, etc. I'll also buy those nail color and lip color sets and break them up.) If a small gift won't do, pair one of the gift box goodies with a gift card. It will make your gift card appear like you actually put a little thought into it.
The Skimm • The Skimm is basically a daily briefing of international news that has occurred over the past 24 hours, but it's presented in a casual way that doesn't stress you out about what a scary place the world can be sometimes. (It also recaps political debates, which is awesome if you're like me and don't watch them because all of the yelling stresses you out.) You can sign up for the free email subscription here.
Band-Aid Friction Block • I wear heels to work pretty much every day, and there's nothing worse than when I try to break in a new pair on a busy workday. I rub friction block on problem areas or on areas that I think the shoe might potentially rub my foot, and it creates a snug sensation with no blistering. Seriously the best $5 I've ever spent.
Lint Roller • Buy a few lint rollers and keep them everywhere - your car, your work bag, etc. It seems like a common sense thing, but you'll appreciate having backups when you walk out the door wearing a linen little black dress and everything is sticking to you. (aka me today)
A place to store important documents • Buy a few pretty folders and a portable file box, and keep your important documents there. There's nothing fun about it, but when you're having a crisis and need your insurance info or misplace your drivers license and need to find your passport so you can go out with your friends (basically me every other weekend in college), you'll know exactly where it is. Other unsexy documents to store - retirement and 401k info, bank statements if you aren't paperless, and anything related to finance.
Sunday ritual • Sunday scaries are a real thing, and they're mean. It really helps me to have a routine for Sunday afternoons and evenings, and I try to make it full of things that I enjoy. I usually spend about an hour on Sundays taking photos for the blog, another hour or two writing, then I take a long shower, pick out an outfit for Monday, and read the latest chapter of You Can Even.
Do you feel a little more prepared to survive post-grad life?! Haha. I want to know - What's your hack for post-grad survival! I'd love to feature some of my favorites in an upcoming post!
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