As promised a week ago, here is the follow-up post on adulting! This week we have clothing, work, and friends. Without further adieu, adulting!
-LAY CLOTHING OUT IN THE PRIOR EVENING.
Some may see this as incredibly Type A and not necessary, but I have come to appreciate not having to think about what I am going to wear in the morning. I am actually at the point where I lay out my clothing for Monday to Friday on Sunday evening- I don’t have to remember what I wore when, and I can get ready in the morning with less worry! It is an easy step to make sure your clothing matches, is appropriate for what you are doing, and not a repeat.
-IRON ALL PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING.
Iron any clothing you may wear for work (with the exception obviously being clothing that cannot be ironed)! People notice when you are continually rumply, and the state of your clothing can affect your state of mind. Ironing is an easy way to ensure your clothing looks as professional as possible!
-HANG CLOTHING TO DRY.
There are three wins for this: 1. Your clothing will be less rumpled (see point above), and you will have less wrinkles/creases to iron out, 2. You will consume less energy if you hang clothing to dry as opposed to the dryer, and 3. Your clothing will last longer.
-KEEP A LIST OF “HOLES” IN YOUR WARDROBE.
As I posted in early February, try to keep a running list of things that are missing from your wardrobe. It is much easier to shop when you have an idea of what you need. I find it difficult to shop when I have nothing specific in mind; this eliminates the problem. It also can help stop those erroneous purchases that you end up regretting/forgetting, anyways!
-KEEP A RUNNING TO-DO LIST.
This is fairly simple- keep a list of everything you need to do. It makes it easier to track when you have completed tasks, and you won’t forever be trying to remember what it is you were supposed to do.
-SORT EMAILS DAILY.
Don’t let them build up; you should be responding within 24-48 hours of receiving email at work.
-OFFER TO HELP COLLEAGUES WHEN POSSIBLE.
When you do have the time, offer to help colleagues if they are over-loaded. It is generally a nice thing to do, and will most likely “come back” to you in the future.
-KEEP A DIARY OF WHAT YOU ACCOMPLISH.
This will come in handy when writing your resume or having a performance review.
-DON’T RELY ON FACEBOOK FOR YOUR FRIEND’S BIRTHDAYS.
Make a list in your phone, write them in your planner, put them in your Google calendar. Do whatever, but do it for yourself- a lot of people choose not to publish their birthday on Facebook, list a different birthday, or don’t have Facebook altogether.
-INVITE SOMEONE OUT THAT WOULDN’T EXPECT IT.
Every once in a while, invite someone new or old out- you never know what might come of it! They might be feeling lonely or bored or just generally in the mood to meet someone else. Even if it’s been a few years, give it a shot!
-GIVE OUT HOLIDAY CARDS.
The holiday season is the time of year to think of others and let them know you are thinking of them! Cards don’t have to be anything crazy or expensive, and it doesn’t have to have a newsletter, but just a simple “Thinking of you during the holiday season” type message. Mailing cards can be expensive, hand delivering is also appropriate! That would give you the chance to see someone in person, as well.
-THE LITTLE GESTURES MEAN A LOT.
The little things can make the biggest difference- bring your friend some flowers, stop at Starbucks and pick up their favourite drink, write them a card just because! Not only will those small things be appreciated, you will also start to pay more attention to your friends. Does something seem a little off with her? Did they leave dinner early?
What general tips do you have for life?