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The 7 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates

The 7 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates

Which major United States city should you be living in? For recent college graduates, this may be a tough question to answer. Factors like finances, distance from family, and lifestyle preferences all play a role in finding a comfortable place to settle in.

When navigating such a complex subject, it helps to have some data. This infographic breaks 7 cities down into 10 unique categories. Cities are ranked against each other on a scale from 1 to 7 (one being the best and 7 being the worst in a given category).

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    HomeSuite researchers compiled information from their own database, narrowing down indicators for each category. The “Active Lifestyle” category didn’t take into account access for gyms, but rather the capacity of a resident to be active outdoors (e.g. at a park). La Liste scores were used to determine which cities had the greatest rankings from food professionals who have traveled the world.

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    Some cities easily took the cake in one category, like San Francisco, which won the title for the best climate. However, other cities that are not known for the beautiful weather had other striking benefits – like Seattle, which ranked as having the best public transit and cost of living. Boston stood out as the best city for post-graduate opportunities, while D.C ranked first as a medical care provider. Overall, New York won more categories than any other city, proving itself a rich location for nightlife, sports, food, active lifestyles, and a strong economy. Of course, one major downside exists for those hoping to live in New York city: the sky-high cost of living.

    College graduates must assess what’s most important to them, accepting the less-glamorous aspects of their chosen city. No location can provide the best of everything, but knowing each metro’s strengths and weaknesses is a good start to finding your ideal home.

    Featured photo credit: reynermedia flickr via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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