The Art of Adulting.....

How are you feeling about being an adult? Complicated, isn’t it? The freedom you have, the money you have are great, but the responsibilities that go with them are annoying and the things you have to spend your money on sort of 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 essential 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 a house 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 and if you are stuck in difficult financial position now and need help to get out of it then check out a guarantor loans calculator to see if you can get out of it, face your debts and move on.

Organise Yourself

This one’s quite dull, but if you get organised 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 prioritise sleep, don’t think that staying up all night makes you a hero, it doesn’t. 

Be Honest

As you get older, it’s more important not to waste yours or other people’s time. 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 makeup excuses to cancel, just be honest.

Look After Your Health

As you get older, it is vital to look after yourself. While you might have used to be able to eat and drink what you wanted, those days are gone, and even if you’re not seeing the visible effects and piling on weight, there will be internal problems if you don’t look after yourself. It will also help you to look younger, and who doesn’t want that? Of course, let your hair down, but if you’re healthy and active most of the time then those lazy, hungover days where you just pig out don’t matter so much.

Take The Rough With The Smooth

Remember that life has its ups and downs and when things aren’t going your way, remember that it won’t be like that forever. You have to be able to take the rough with the smooth, stay strong, and stay positive. Some of the best things come out of bad times, so they’re not really bad. Use negative experiences as a lesson and don’t dwell on them. Learn from them, grow, and remember you’ll be doing this for the rest of your life. No one is perfect, no one gets it right all the time, and no one has a smooth ride even though it might look like it. The key to it is to expect the rough times, ride the waves, and look forward to the good times.

Pretty good tips right?! What are your top tips for adulting? I need them allllllllll!

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