You did everything right up until this point—with a few falls along the way, of course, but what’s life without a bumpy road, right? However, now you’re an adult and on your own or with some roommates. That means you have some change coming your way. Keep reading these tips for those new to adulting to get off on the right foot.
Don’t expect anything for free
Now that you’re getting ready to do life on your own, you need to prepare yourself for some major responsibilities—and your parents aren’t going to be there to get you out of them this time. Remember when your parents always told you to “make good choices”? That couldn’t be truer than it is now because being new to adulting typically means you’re earning your own money, paying your own bills, and racking up your own debt. No one’s going to bail you out this time.
Get your finances in gear
All that said, this couldn’t be a better time to get your finances together. Build a budget, and stay on track. If you don’t know how to make a budget, there are plenty of templates available online and free resources to learn how to make one. Additionally, if you haven’t already, you should get your money in a high-interest savings account and start investing. We understand you don’t have much to invest, but starting somewhere is better than waiting. You’re young, which means that time is on your side when it comes to investing. If you have debt, focus on paying it off as fast as you can because those interest rates are no joke.
Prepare yourself for new decisions
Unfortunately, no matter how much research you do on tips for buying your first car or home, leaving toxic relationships, or making other major life choices, you’re still walking into a lot of big life decisions that no one else can make for you. However, if we can give you one piece of advice for making major decisions, it’d be this: Don’t rush. If you try to rush the process of something like buying a car or home, you put yourself at risk of making a bad deal and having to live with the consequences.
Build healthy habits today
Nobody is going to hold you accountable other than you, and now is your opportunity to build habits that will stick. Now, as an adult, you have the control to make those habits healthy or not. Take the opportunity to develop a regular exercise routine, a healthy diet, and a consistent sleep schedule for the first time since college—it’s only going to help you.
Nobody likes change—even if that change is unavoidable, like becoming an adult. However, we hope these tips for those new to adulting ease your anxiety and help you get a solid start to your new adult life. Remember that everybody’s gone through this life change at some point, so you’re not alone. Keep going!