Adulting 101 - Five Ways to Get On Track

It’s crazy to me how great it feels to get things done. Not only is it satisfying, but it’s beneficial too. True, it can be hard at times to accomplish all you want to in a day, and some days leave you feeling more productive than others but the most important thing to do is to make the effort.

Trying to stay on top of everything is hard to do. Being in my twenty-somethings and feeling like I’ve just started to get it all together makes me feel pretty good. On the other hand, it’s really easy to fall behind when dealing with the day-in and day-out tasks that just seem to always be piling up. Here are a few thing I do when I’m starting to feel it all closing in, and it starts to feel like there’s just too much to do.

  1. Stay Hydrated! - Okay, so I realize that this is a super weird way to start an adulting how-to list, but honestly- THIS WILL WORK. Drinking plenty of water isn’t just something your mom taught you when you were riding bikes down your street. If you want to keep up with all the things you need to get done on a weekly basis, you need to be healthy and strong and don’t ever forget the benefits of keeping your body full of the stuff we’re made of, 55-60% that is!

  2. Set Reminders - I do not, I repeat, DO NOT know what I would do without reminders. I set reminders for everything. Literally everything. When to pay bills, doctors appointments, events big and small. I even have an app to keep track of things like work shifts and overtime. Remember when you were a kid and your mom and dad had a day planner in their purse or back pocket? I sure do. My mom relied on that thing for everything and I’m pretty sure she still does. Of course back then our folks also had to keep track of phone numbers and important addresses, but the idea still stands. I’ve heard of lots of people using day-planner apps, but it can be as simple as using your phone’s calendar. Trust me, this will get you more organized. Guaranteed.

  3. Check Your Credit Score - Let’s talk about being a grown up. You will need to know your credit score eventually so why not start now. Is it really important? Well, I guess that really depends on the lifestyle you plan to live, but in the long-term, yes, you will probably need it at one point or another. Whether it’s your goal to buy a car, or a house, or own a business, or make it through school, it’s a good idea to start building your credit as soon as possible. Just make sure that you hop on YouTube for a few good tips on getting started. Remember though, that down the line your credit score can help you majorly, or hurt you for a long time so be really careful about how you use that first card! And make sure to use your reminders to help with paying your bill on time, especially if you end up with multiple cards at once.

  4. Make Some Calls - You know that little thing that you have in your hand right now? It’s a pretty nifty tool, wouldn’t you agree? We use our phones for pretty much everything. I was just thinking today about how long it might have taken me to find the Post Office in my new city without Google Maps. We love our phones. Whenever I spend time with my Grandpa he always talks about how he doesn’t understand how phones aren’t for talking on anymore, and you know what? I completely agree. Why not take a few minutes to reconnect with that friend you miss who never seems to have time to text you back, leave them a nice message to brighten their day? Or you could call your mom or dad, or even your grandparents just to let them know you love them? Why not call that old co-worker you used to love working with and just tell them how they always made that job a little bit easier to bear? Never underestimate the power of your voice. The people who love you will love to hear from you, especially in this busy age we live in. You (and they) will walk away from the conversation feeling renewed.

  5. Read A Book - This is something I’m working on myself. Believe it or not, this is Doctor recommended. Reading helps improve sleep and brain function which allows you that extra umph you might need to kill that job interview, or be a little bit more engaged on that blind date you’re planning for this weekend. There is a book out there on literally any and every subject, so you can be sure that you’ll find something that suits your interests. From novels to self-help, cooking to autobiographies- there are so many topics. Once you finish a good book you’ll have a feeling of accomplishment and you’ll look forward to your next exciting read. I promise.

There are always a few other things that will keep you in the big leagues of adulting, like getting enough sleep, regular exercise, and eating right to name a few. I know it’s not easy, but keeping in mind a few little things can give your everyday life a major boost. So make sure to drink lots of water, keep that calendar full, look into your finances, call your grandma, and step up your reading game. If you do I promise you’ll start feeling like an adultier adult in no time!

As always thank you for taking the time to read the blog. Lot’s of cool things coming up for us here at Bigg Mellow… you guys, we’re headed to Portland in the summer! More on that later. Can’t wait to talk to you again soon.

With all my love from beautiful sunny California,

Tiffany J.