I have successfully completed 1 month of adulating, therefore, I'm an expert on the topic. It has been a hard adjustment because I still feel like a college student, but I now have adult responsibilities. Gladly, I know a few things about acting responsible, so here are 5 tips on Adulting.
1. Alway be on time
In college only a hand full of professors care about your attendance, but once you get a real job, being on time is paramount. It's better to be early than to be late. Trust me, as a Nigerian, this is the hardest thing for me to do cause I used to be late to everything. I shed real tears when I have to wake up at 5am to get to work. I live an hour away from my job, but with traffic it takes 2 hours to get there. (Dear governor of MD, please expand the roads, thank you).
Being on time to work shows your employer that you are reliable, and dependable. It also shows that you take your job seriously and respect the companies time.
Things that help you get to work on time:
- Go to bed early - I use the new bedtime feature on iPhone ios10 to help me schedule a good nights rest. You can also use an alarm, lol.
- Drink tea/coffee - I'm not telling you to be a caffeine addict, but if you already are, then buy a bag of your favorite tea/coffee, it will make all the difference in the morning.
3. Dress professionally
Some people pretend like looks don't matter, but they do. The way you present yourself tells people a lot about your personality. It's really important to look put together, smell nice, and have a good hair style. For the ladies, put on natural looking makeup, don't do too much. Make sure your pants fit you right, your shirts are not faded and your outfits are appropriate. Looking professional will help people take you more seriously, and it's a great confidence booster.
4. Be organized
I spent an hour yesterday creating a google calendar for my work schedule. I love using google calendar because I'm an Apple person, and it sync's to my phone and my laptop. Being organized helps me stay on top of things and shows my boss that I'm prepared. I also recommend getting a journal or planner to write down your schedule.
5. Budget your money
When I got my first paycheck, I thought I was ballin, but after I created a 1 year budget, I realized that I don't have that much money to blow. First and foremost, SAVE SAVE SAVE. In order to save, and pay all your bills on time, I recommend creating a budget so that you know exactly how much to put away, and how much you can spend each week. I got my budget down to the pennies, because I want to have good money in my bank account by this time next year. (Having money in the bank is the mark of a truly successful adult).
How to budget: Take your gross income, subtract the taxes, your tithes, your monthly bills, and expenses. Whatever you have left is what you have to spend, and if it's not a lot, then spend it wisely.
I hope this helps