Let’s face it; Adulting is hard. Most days I struggle to dress myself according to social norms, which I often fail at, then people still think I should do a job, make Pinterest-worthy meals, and keep a tidy house! Goodness gracious 🙁 I wish I would have listened to my mom when she told me not rush growing up! I don’t know what I was in such a hurry for?!?
Below are my tips for making adulting a little easier.
Wake Up Earlier and Have a Morning Routine –
Even if it’s 15 minutes earlier than normal, do it. Getting up early will allow you to do that one extra thing on your to-do list distraction free. The past month I have forced myself to get up a little earlier than normal to do things like my daily Bible study. It has changed my world. Not only does it give me a great message to start my day, but I have a few minutes completely to myself to enjoy how I want.
If you are someone who struggles to wake up, here are some tips: Put your phone on the other side of the room on full blast and turn off the snooze feature in your alarm settings!
Read More –
Reading can help get your creative juices flowing, expand your vocabulary, and make you think about the world in a new way. Put aside some time each week to read something for pleasure or purpose. Recently, I have been reading a lot of self-help/inspirational books — probably because I need help in just about every area of my life and inspiration can never hurt. Lol. Check out these titles for your next read: You Are a Badass, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and Resisting Happiness.
Meal Prep –
Want to lose weight and save money? Do this during your work week. Every Sunday, I spend about 15 minutes putting together my grocery list. I go through my pantry, fridge, and freezer to see what I have and what meal potential there is. Then, I search Pinterest for some inspiration using those ingredients I have. Not only does this make eating healthy easier, but it also keeps you from frivolously spending on last-minute lunches and dinners.
Learn to Budget –
Personal finance should be a top priority if you want to have financial freedom and security. Because I am still relatively young, single, and unattached to anyone else’s finances, making my budget took only an hour. I opened Excel and jotted down all of my expenses and income. After subtracting expenses from income and seeing what was left, I allocated a % to savings and % to fun. I know this isn’t the most exciting part of being an adult, but it will pay off someday! It is good to look into my savings accounts and see the outcome of all my hard work. I promise you will thank yourself later.
Slow Down –
I will be the first to admit that I am horrible at this. From the second I get out of bed, I am going 100 miles/hr. I am to blame for about 99% of my stress because 1. I choose to let it stress me out and 2. my rigid schedule doesn’t allow for any flexibility so I end up getting in my own way. I miss many opportunities because I am fixated on this stupid schedule I have in my head. I have a hard time justifying relaxing during the work week. I get mad at myself for having downtime when, in all reality, it would probably make my work better if I gave myself 15 minutes to go for a walk or sit in silence doing nothing but resetting my mind and attitude. Deep breathing, meditation, and walking are all great little breaks you can give yourself in the day that you don’t have to feel guilty about. If you are like me, try spreading out 15 minutes of down time throughout your day. Get up from your desk during your lunch break and walk around the building or as soon as you get home before you rush to start dinner, walk the dogs, gym, etc., sit down and close your eyes and reflect on the day. I am realizing five minutes isn’t going to ruin my schedule. haha
Have a “GYST” Day –
AKA Get Your Sh*T Together Day. Sunday is my GYST day. I find that cleaning my entire house, doing the laundry, updating my Passion Planner, grocery shopping and meal prepping are key to my successful week. It sounds like a lot to do, but I swear by this. There is something so gratifying about having a clean start for the week ahead. This is my Sunday split: Before I go to church around 11 am, I tidy every room up, start a load of laundry, clean the bathroom, dust, and vacuum. I have a one bedroom apartment, so this takes maybe 1 hour! Then I sit down and decide what I want to eat that week and make my grocery list. After church, I swing by the grocery store. By 2 pm I am usually all done with most of my Sunday shenanigans. When I come home, I relax a bit, fold laundry, watch a movie, prep some meals, and update my planner. I then get to spend Sunday night doing nothing, if I want, and go to bed early!
These are things that I find helpful in being a productive member of society. I hope you find something in here that serves you on your journey in adulting!