The road to adulthood lies fully outstretched in front of you, a never-ending horizon of opportunity and unforeseen twists and turns. There are some red lights that will paralyze you, roundabouts that will leave you feeling like you’re going around in circles but also, plenty of green lights that get you pressing on the gas pedal and smooth highway drives that let you cruise control. No one is ever totally prepared before moving out, but the below points emphasize key skills you need before setting out on your own personal journey.
Critical Thinking When It Comes to Finances
Finance is always a difficult area to tackle but you don’t necessarily need a business major to connect the dots. Just take your time. The first and foremost thing to think about when you move out is finding accommodation and deciding how you’re going to pay for it. It is critical that you read up on contracts and investigate the several terms and conditions on the properties you are viewing before you sign anything. Put down limits and be realistic about what you can afford. A fantastic place to start is by following the 30 percent rule. When renting, stick to setting aside 30% of your monthly income to paying for living costs (rent plus utilities) when possible. Keeping 20 percent towards savings is also a good idea.
The Three ‘Nce’s
Independence: Of course, we all need a support system. The trick is knowing that friends and family offer a certain level of advice and the rest is up to you. You are your own driving force. As much as we have a sea of people around us, we are ultimately always lonely. Each day we have our own unique set of experiences and problems we must face on our own. Consequently, trust in your abilities and face your fears with everything you’ve got.
Perseverance: As much as we’d like to think we can be superhuman 24/7, it’s simply impossible. Some days are lost, you have to give into to your bed, eat a tub of chocolate ice cream or bash YouTube all day before you’re ready to deal with the difficulties of living on your own. Maybe you have to cry a little every day. The main thing is getting up and going again and again until you’re picking up that ice cream in a cone strutting down the street instead of hiding under the covers. As with most things in life, persevere and you shall prevail.
Acceptance: Sometimes, through no fault of your own, things don’t go to plan. The real skill is knowing what to do in these situations. Whether it’s to do with housing, work or your social life, accept that things do go wrong and you’ll be better able to pick yourself up and start fresh.
Organization and Planning
It’s a New Year’s resolution every year but this time it counts more than ever. To be ready for the sudden potholes all you can do is plan and hope for the best. Get into the routine of making to-do lists because even if you only do two of the five things, it’s better than none at all. Be practical, motivated and realistic. Make a routine and stick to it as best you can, even if it takes six months of adapting certain points. These starting points will blossom into habits and eventually you realize you have your own swing which rises and falls in the most exhilarating way.