How To Not Completely Suck At Being An Adult


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Being an adult is a complicated business, while you have plenty of freedom, more money than you had as a child, but the responsibilities that go with having the freedom and cash can be annoying, and the things you have to spend your money often takes away from the freedom of being an adult.

When did it all get so complicated? If you’re trying to be a little more grown-up, then that can only be a positive thing, but it doesn’t mean you have to be boring and stop having fun.

Adulting can be fun too, and if you do it right and follow some of these tips, then you’ll have nothing to worry about. 

Set Goals

Your goals may and probably will change throughout your life, and that’s okay.

No one is saying you can’t change what you want to do or achieve; however, it’s always a good idea to have a plan and be heading somewhere. Whether it’s career goals, financial goals, or weight goals, set some. Look at where you want to be in five years time, write down your goals, and don’t be vague. Then put some plans in place and start working toward them.

If you realize that you don’t want that anymore or you want something else instead that write that down and do the same thing, just make sure you always have something to work towards so that you’re moving forward in life. 

Save Money

It’s very important to have some savings behind you.

It doesn’t have to be a lot but in case of an emergency or your mate asks you on a last-minute holiday, don’t you want to be able to go?

Start managing your money now, even if you’re not thinking about buying your first home just yet, put what you can to one side and start to build a little pot of money.

It’s nice to have it there; it can make you feel more secure in life and means you won’t just fritter your money away on pointless things that you don’t need. There are some great budgeting and savings apps available now which can really help you if you’re not too good with your money. 

Organize Yourself

This one’s quite boring, but if you get organized properly, then you will just have less to do and more time to enjoy yourself.

For example, create systems for your emails – in fact, why not have two email addresses or more? One for admin and one for personal. File important information, know where it’s kept, and it’ll save you in an emergency.

Take responsibility for your stuff, get your essential documents off your mum so that you don’t need to pester her when you need to know your blood type and make sure everything is in your name, it will make things far easier when there’s a problem. 

Open Your Bills and Read Them

You don’t have to pay them right away, but don’t ignore them and don’t put them in the bin.

If you read all the letters and bills you get, it’ll be at the forefront of your mind, and you’ll be more on top of your finances and how much you are spending on bills.

You will be aware of when bills have gone up or perhaps you have used too much energy or water one month. It’s good to know what’s going on rather than just put the unopened envelopes in the bin; you might miss some critical information or miss out on a good offer. 

Be On-Time

It’s important to be on time, for anyone and everything.

With everyone being so busy these days you need to value other people’s time too so if you’re meeting a friend, be on time, value your friends and cherish the time you have to spend with them. When it comes to a job interview, a client meeting, or anything else in your professional life, show up on time or even early. It matters. 

Get Enough Sleep

Another quite boring one, but it’s nice too.

Who doesn’t love sleep? Make the most of it, get an early night, and you’ll feel so much better in every way.

Getting enough sleep will make you better and more productive in work, it will make you happier; it will give you more energy and can help if you’re trying to lose weight. It’s important to prioritize sleep, don’t think that staying up all night makes you a hero, it doesn’t. 

Be Honest

As you get older, you realize how much important it is not to waste yours or other people’s time.

Make it a priority to just be honest, get to the point, and if you don’t want to meet up with someone, just tell them. Don’t make plans and then make up excuses to cancel, just be honest in the first place if you want to go or not. 

Look After Your Health

It is vital to look after yourself as you get older.

While back in the day, you might have been able to eat and drink what you wanted without piling on a pound, those days are gone or soon will be, and even if you do not see the visible effects, there will be internal problems if you don’t take care of yourself. It will also help you to keep your youthful looks, and who wouldn’t want that?

Of course, you should let your hair down, but if you’re healthy and active most of the time then those lazy, hungover days where you just let yourself pig out don’t matter as much.

Take The Rough With The Smooth

Remember that life is never just going to be smooth sailing, you will experience ups and downs and when things aren’t going the way you want them to then you have to remember that it won’t always be like that.

It’s important to be able to take the rough with the smooth, to be able to stay strong through adversity and to stay positive. Some of the best times come out of the bad times, so try to use negative experiences as a lesson and learn from them.

Remember that no one is perfect, no one gets it right all the time, so expect the rough times, ride the waves, and look forward to the good times. 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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