My First 30 Days of Adulting
By Alexandra Forrester, Account Executive
I’m awake, I’m awake! I hit the snooze button on my alarm more times than I can count. I still have to shower, get dressed, dry my hair, put makeup on, pack my lunch, unpack the washing machine, hang the washing up and I’m running out of time.
Hello, my name is Alex. I have just started my career at Hellocomputer as an Account Executive. Having been a student for four years, I have found the transition from student life to adulting, more commonly known as “The Real World”, to be a massive adjustment. I’m an adult now, or at least I’m expected to be.
It’s been a month since I started working. In this short time I have moved house, made new friends, fallen ill, made mistakes, and have learnt more than you can imagine. Here are my top Adulting 101 life lessons so far:
- Money matters
Food, rent, drinks with the girls, petrol, dinner dates, medical aid, wine, more food, phone bills, more bills and unexpected expenses. There never seems to be enough. Adulting involves creating a monthly budget and sticking to it; which is easier said than done. I am still trying to master this skill.
- Time is precious
There are only 24 hours in a day so use them wisely. Sleep enough but not too much, work hard but don’t overdo it. Make time for friends and family, but most importantly make time for yourself. Whether it be exercising, reading, or taking a long bubble bath – make time for ‘me-time’. As an adult, no one is going to tell you what to do, or when to do it. Pack your lunch the night before, get a diary, write multiple “to do” lists; put all tasks on these lists and cross them out when they are completed and hopefully you won’t forget important things along the way.
- Mistakes happen
Accept that you will make mistakes at times. Accept that this will probably happen more often than not. However, remember that these mistakes are valuable as they teach us in ways we can never hope to learn from a text book. Mistakes are opportunities to learn disguised as disappointments.
- Always be professional and positive
Be professional at all times. Act with integrity and accept responsibility for your work. Accountability is a necessary evil of the workplace, embrace it. Remember that your happiness is important to maintaining a positive attitude so do whatever it takes to remain optimistic at all times.
- Take initiative
Think on your feet. Don’t just think outside the box, get outside it, walk around it, kick it over, pick it up, turn it upside down…paint it if you can. Be creative and never be afraid to try something new or different.
Be friendly, network, make friends and build relationships. The people in your life can offer you real wealth and an abundance of happiness – so choose wisely. You spend a third of everyday with the people in your office so make sure you get along with each other. Find yourself an office buddy, make coffee together and go out for lunch every now and then.
- Just breathe and be yourself
In my short time adulting, one of the most important things I have learnt is to just be myself. Be goofy, act like a kid, be loud, dress weirdly, wear red and pink, but just be yourself. Own it and take each new day in your stride.