So, quitting school can be a big step, but going from a life filled with routine to one where you can make your own choices can make you really lazy. If you have nothing to do and no one to tell you what to, you can get to a place where you sleep and don't leave the house. Which can lead to feeling worse at home than you did at school. So, here are a few ways to be productive.
1. Have A Daily Routine
A routine can be as simple as getting up at the same time everyday, remembering to shower, eat and maybe go out into the backyard and chill. It's as simple as that.
2. Take Up A Hobby
Everyone has a hobby, even if it's just reading. Spend time doing what you love and this doesn't include sleeping. I mean, I like sleeping but that's not a hobby. Read, cook, dance, jog and just enjoy yourself. Find something that you love and do that.
Volunteering can be a good way to get out of the house by doing something you love and helping others. There are plenty of volunteering positions out there catered to all sorts of interests. Volunteering can also be a good way to build up your skills and add to your resume.
4. Take A Short Course
I know, you just left school but short courses are a good way to dip your toes into an area of study. If you end up not liking what you're doing it'll be over within a month or two anyway.
5. Look For Jobs Online
When you feel up to it look up jobs online. Find something you like and if you feel ready, apply for it. This doesn't guarantee you'll get the job, but at the very least you'll get better at going to interviews and feeling more confident about everything. Make sure that your resume is up to scratch and go for it.
6. Go to Tafe/College
Okay, I know you just left school but if the thing you want to do requires that you go back to school then eventually you'll going to have to go back. Make the decision to go back if you're ready and if it's in pursuit of what YOU want, not what someone else wants. Weigh your options and if it'll get you into the career/university of your choice. If you feel that you can't make it to school, take an online course and get your degree that way. Once you make a decision, and you can go back to school, go and don't look back. Just make sure that you have a support system of people around you that you trust.
Whatever you decide to do make sure it's your choice. The last thing you want is to end up doing something you don't like. This is your life, after all.
Anjulie Te Pohe
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