A few weeks ago, one of my friends recommended the book “Adulting.” I was hesitant to make the purchase, as it claims to show you “how to become a grown-up in 468 easy(ish) steps.” But after completing the first week at my internship, I think I need to run to Powell’s.
For the past 17 years, we’ve been trained in school to follow rules that are given to us so we can succeed in a structured world. Well, now that I’m practically a college graduate and spending most of my time in the “real world,” I can tell you there are no guidelines on how to succeed. Rather, it’s a game of trial and error, and, as an intern, the last thing you want to do is fail.
It’s terrifying and foreign, but this new adult world is rewarding. During the first week at my internship, I determined my own process for how to stay organized. I still have a lot of trial and error ahead, but I’m already learning time management skills that weren’t handed to me – in school or at the workplace.
Although growing up is about learning what works best for you, rules and guidelines are in our blood. So, before I begin reading “Adulting,” (yes, I’m going to read it), I’ve come up with my first step on how to become an adult.
Step #1: Adjust your sleep schedule.
A New York Times article, written by Tony Schwartz, quotes a study that found that “sleeping too little — defined as less than six hours each night — was one of the best predictors of on-the-job burn-out.”
For me, this has been the most challenging part of becoming an adult. I struggle to sleep before midnight and dread waking up before 8 a.m. But because getting enough sleep translates into being a happier, friendlier, more productive intern, I make it a priority.
Becoming an adult is intimidating, but it’s also unavoidable and exciting. So, as we slowly but surely enter adulthood, remember to tell yourself, “you got it, dude.”
– Hannah Olson
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