How to Adult

Being the Office Administrator means I must adult on a daily basis. Here are 9 of my go-to tips for adulting.

  • Get a good night’s sleep.

    Adults need 7 – 9 hours of sleep every night according to the National Sleep Foundation. And waking up at the same time every morning is the healthiest way to get in those Zzz’s.

  • Eat healthy.

    You are what you eat. The food you consume becomes the energy in your body. Make healthy choices.

  • Dress to impress.

    You’re an adult. Save the graphic tees for the weekend or casual Friday.

  • Budget your money.

    Use the 50 / 20 / 30 rule. 50% of your income is for essential monthly expenses (rent, utilities, groceries, etc.). 20% is for financial future or past (savings account, student loans, etc.). 30% is for your lifestyle choices.

  • Pay your bills on time.

    This one should be a no brainer. Key word, should. Credit card debt is no joking matter.

  • Have a backup plan.

    This is coming from my background as a catering manager. Always have a backup plan. Food burns, plates break, and accidents happen. Be prepared.

  • Watch what you post on your social media accounts.

    Remember that everyone else is watching, too. Job recruiters will check out your social media accounts. Ask yourself, would you hire yourself based on your post/picture history?

  • Be prepared for an emergency situation.

    I love when my colleagues refer to me as Mary Poppins. From emergency hair ties to extra pairs of leggings (I’ve saved my coworkers’ outfit when she spilled coffee on her white pants), I got you.

  • If all else fails… Fake it ‘til you make it.

    My manager, Gege, taught me this at my first internship position. Gege had no idea what she was doing as a Membership Director. When I asked how she managed, she said “fake it ‘til you make it”.