“Adulting” is a term that has become popular over the last few years, and I think it’s due to the fact that it’s something most of us can relate to on one level or another. Millennials are doing things a bit differently than past generations, whether it’s living at home with their parents longer or taking alternative steps to create their dream career rather than just settling for the standard 9-to-5, and I think it has a lot to do with the era in which we were raised. As children, we were frequently reminded that being an adult was the ultimate dream – things like “not until you’re older”, “you’re too young”, and “what do you want to be when you grow up?” were said to us on the regular, thus setting up adulthood as this magical time in our lives that, once reached, would give us everything we’ve ever wanted.
Now that many millennials have reached adulthood, I’ve started noticing a trend amongst myself and my peers – we’re all a little unsure of what we’re actually doing. Maybe that’s how it’s always been, but it seems like this generation is flying by the seat of their pants a bit more than any other. I’ve learned a few things this year that definitely fall under the category of “adulting”, so I thought I would share them today to pay it forward to any fellow millennials out there that might be struggling a bit.
Keep Track Of Your Finances
This one is huge, especially if you’re planning on moving into your own place or have already done so. Keeping track of your finances and budgeting out the money you make is incredibly important so you can pay all of your bills on time and don’t screw up your credit. What I’ve found that works best for me is sticking to a written out budget – I write down all of my income sources for the month and then all of my bills and expenses. Anything left over gets split up between savings, and emergency fund, and spending (fun) money.
Learn To Embrace Organization
One thing that will really help with the above tip is to be organized. If that’s not a habit that comes naturally to you, now’s the time to learn. Staying organized saves you so much time in the end, plus it makes everything much less stressful. I make sure to keep important papers and documents stored all in one place, and bills always get placed in a neat stack on my desk. It may feel tempting to just chuck stuff wherever, but trust me, you’ll be kicking yourself later if you don’t put things where they’re supposed to go now.
Do Your Chores
Even though you’re all grown up and can do anything you want, that doesn’t mean you should live like a slob (am I sounding like your mother yet?). There’s a certain sense of pride that comes with keeping your home clean and tidy. Does your apartment have to look like something out of a Martha Stewart magazine 24/7? Of course not, but try to pick up after yourself and don’t let your messes become too big. I like to assign a different “chore” to each day – Mondays are for vacuuming, Tuesdays are the kitchen, Wednesdays = bathroom, etc. Scheduling different chores for each day allows me to do a quick bit of cleaning each morning instead of it all piling up and having to be done on one day.
When we’re kids, we dream of the day that we become adults and get to have dessert before dinner. The truth is, though, our health is even more important as we get older. It may sound boring to think about things like healthy meals and working out, but it can actually be quite fun. The cool thing about growing up and being your own person means you get to decide everything. Hate a certain vegetable? Don’t buy/cook it. Does the thought of going for a job bore you to tears? Find a physical activity that you actually enjoy and have fun doing. Health and fitness doesn’t have to be boring anymore. Gone are the days of mandatory P.E. classes that sucked the life out of you. You’re the boss now, so choose some healthy lifestyle habits that you’re actually excited about.
Work Hard Before You Play Hard
Once you have all of the freedom that comes with being an adult, it can be extremely tempting to focus on having fun and hanging out with friends rather than getting your work done. I dealt with this when I first started working for myself. It was super easy to just get what absolutely needed to be done each day instead of really pushing myself to go above and beyond. Don’t just settle for average – strive for beating your personal best and setting goals that really push you to go farther than before.
Are you in the “adulting” stage of your life? If not, what tips do you have for that age group?