Your date of birth might say you’re an adult, but are you really? It’s easy to hold on to some habits that can make you a bit of a false grown up.
As you start getting older and leave the college days behind, it’s important to start taking some responsibility. While a big change might not happen overnight, there are some small things you can do that could turn into long-lasting habits.
Here are 15 ways you can ‘adult’ today.
1. Open a savings account
Do you have savings goals? Having some savings in place is important for your future. Whether you want to buy your own place, plan a big trip or simply have money for a rainy day, you’ll need to start being sensible with your money and start saving some of it. Learning how to save money is important, and will keep you from getting into debt or spending every single penny each month. Start today by opening a savings account (you can do this online!) and start putting money aside.
2. Declutter your home
Is your home becoming more and more difficult to keep organized? It could be time for a declutter! Decluttering your home can feel amazing, helping you get rid of everything you no longer want or need and finally being able to enjoy a neat home. Decluttering your home is simple, and even if you only make a start today, you’ll feel much better that you’ve done it.
3. Get your health checked out
Are you taking your health seriously? As an adult, it’s vital that you start prioritizing your health. From eating better to getting more exercise, there are plenty of ways you can make your health your priority. Regular health checks are also important to make sure you stay on top of things. When was the last time you went for a sexual health test? You could have 18 testing locations near you, so pay a visit today. Regular health checks will help identify any issues at an early stage, preventing serious problems later on.
4. Cook something healthy for yourself
Why not make today the day you cook something healthy and tasty for yourself? Cooking from scratch is a good skill to have, and it makes sure you avoid any added sugars, fats and salt that are often included in ready-made food. By cooking something healthy for yourself today, you could give your body a much-needed boost. Who knows, today could be the first day of a healthier new you!
5. Go to bed at a reasonable hour
Sleep is incredibly important for your health and wellbeing. But how much sleep do you really get a night? Having enough sleep will keep you healthy and make sure that your body gets a chance to recover each day. You should be aiming for around eight hours of sleep a night, so why not hit the hay early tonight and get your rest? Some sleeping tips and tricks could come in handy if you find it difficult to sleep most nights.
6. Do some exercise
Exercise has many benefits for your health and attitude. It not only helps you keep the weight off and improves your heart health, but it can do wonders for your mental health too. Finding time to exercise each day isn’t always easy, but with some effort, you could fit it into your routine. Try waking up an hour early to fit in a workout, or exercise over lunch. Start today and keep it up, it will soon become a regular habit.
7. Go the extra mile (literally)
How much do you walk each day? Walking is an effective exercise, and has a lot of benefits for your health. If your typical day involves getting into the car, into the office, and into the car again, then you might need to think about walking some more. Add the extra mile of walking into your day by walking at lunch or going for a walk before dinner – it will make a big difference to your energy levels and will boost your mood too.
8. Call your parents
When was the last time you called your parents or relatives just to talk, instead of asking for something? Older people can get lonely, and you’ll be surprised at the difference even a phone chat can make. It’s a simple thing you can combine with other activities such as walking or cooking, but you’ll be surprised at how good it feels to talk. Pick up the phone today and try to make it a more regular part of your routine.
9. Do some life admin
When was the last time you took an opportunity to do some life admin? Today could be a great time to get on with it! From paying your bills to going through your receipts and expensive, it’s great to spend time sorting your life out. All of those tasks you’ve been putting off will soon pile up, so start making a dent in the list today to make it much easier to manage in the future.
10. Do something nice for someone else.
A random act of kindness can feel very rewarding, and doesn’t have to take up much of your day, or cost you any money. Doing something nice for someone else, whether it’s writing them a supportive note or buying someone a candy bar, can help both you and the recipient feel great. Check out some random acts of kindness inspiration and do something great for others today!
11. Try a no-spend day
Are you someone who can’t resist a takeaway coffee or buying random things while you’re out? These kinds of habits can soon add up, leaving you without much money by the end of the month. Having a no-spend day can be an excellent way to help you think about your habits, and save you some money too. A successful no-spend day could soon lead to more of them, helping you save money and think more carefully about your spending in the future.
Have you ever considered volunteering? Volunteering your time can be very rewarding, making a huge difference to a good cause. Volunteering doesn’t have to cost you anything and could be just an hour or two of your time. Giving up some of your time can make a big impact in your community, and could even encourage your friends and family to do the same.
13. Read something that isn’t on your phone or computer
Do you spend too much time on your phone or sit browsing the internet for hours? Why not put your devices down and read something? Reading a book can be very beneficial, helping you improve your reading as well as giving your mind a break from social media. A break from technology can help you rediscover your social skills, and encourage real, distraction-free conversations with those around you. Even if you don’t pick up a book to read, it’s good to put your devices down for a while and enjoy disconnecting from the online world for a bit.
Looking for a good book to read? Take a look at some of the best books to read in 2020 to help you choose something great.
14. Plan the rest of your week
Do you leave things to the last minute, forget about appointments or often panic that there aren’t enough hours in the day? Getting more organized could help. Spend some time today planning the rest of your week. From making appointments to confirming plans, you could soon find yourself getting on top of things and feeling much calmer in the process.
Another tip for getting more organized is to improve your workspace. Organizing and brightening up your workspace can give you the motivation to be productive, and help you get back on top of things.
15. Take some time to destress
How much time do you take for yourself? If you don’t tend to get any time to yourself, you could soon find yourself burning out. Destressing is important and can make sure that you get time to unwind after a long day, as well as make time for something that you enjoy. You could start by taking a hot bath or even giving yourself some at-home beauty treatments. It’s good to take some time to recharge, and starting today could help you see the benefit of doing so every day.
While you might be married, have kids and even own your own home, sometimes it can still feel difficult to ‘feel’ like an adult. There are things you need to do each day to be more responsible, but the good news is that it’s never too late to make a start! From getting organized with money to thinking more about your health, it’s time to take responsibility to ensure a brighter future for you and your family. Start adulting today with some simple tasks that could soon lead to some ongoing habits.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.