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Do you remember when you were a kid and couldn’t wait until you grew up? Do you remember how easy you thought it would be and that at the age of 12 you just knew that you’d already figured it out?
Yeah, I do too. You can just imagine the mindfuck I had when I grew up and joined the realms of the adulting. It’s not easy, and I quickly realized that I did not have anything figured out.
Alas, adulting is here to stay and if you welcome it with open arms and prepare for it a little, it just might not chew you up and spit you out. We all work, have social and family obligations, and on top of that want to work on ourselves and our well-being. Balancing these out can seem like a chore if you do not have a plan.
All it takes is some prep work and a little balancing act, and your adult years, especially the first few ones, don’t have to suck all that much.
Check in with yourself
Make sure you make time for you. Take at least half an hour daily to focus on yourself and your needs. Do you need to take a 30 minute bath? How about 30 minutes of reading? Whatever you want to do that will take your mind off of all the obligations you have going on is what you need to be doing for half an hour, if possible longer, to recharge your batteries and clear your headspace.
Start your days right
Waking up early has been a godsend for me. The morning is the perfect time to find that alone time and get ready for the day properly. Read my How To Wake Up Early (And Get Stuff Done) post on how to make the mornings count, and how to set yourself up for a successful day.
Make to-do lists to avoid forgetting stuff
To-do lists are amazing at keeping you organized during the day. Every morning, make a to-do list consisting of specific tasks you need to tackle, any cleaning up you need to do, important events or meetings you have to attend, and any extras you have going on that day.
Keep important dates on your calendar (birthdays, bills etc)
Forgetting dates is my specialty. I have to have everything written down, or else I will be forgetting to call my grandmother on her birthday. Seriously. This is also good to keep track of any bills you have to pay. Keep all your important dates as reminders on your phone, or in your planner, and you will never have to scramble to pay something late, and your grandmother will always get a happy birthday call on her birthday.
Cut out negative people
Negative people are like an anchor- they sink you down to their level of helplessness and dark thoughts. This can have a huge impact on your well-being, as well as your performance at work, and your social and personal life. The more negativity you have around you, the harder it will be for you to think positive thoughts and be your own cheerleader. Which you totally have to be.