My first couple weeks of working and living in Portland have been nothing I expected, but everything I’ve wanted. However, I’ve learned quickly that there are many lessons you should know to maneuver the adulthood sphere that we were never taught in school.
The first obstacle I’ve run into is adjusting to a different time frame. Employers aren’t as flexible as your professors were with taking time off.
In addition, your job is likely going to take up your day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., which leaves you little room to do what you really want to. Time management is a critical issue you should be prepared for, in a way that you didn’t need to be in school. The stakes are higher; too many days off or late arrivals could lead you to lose your job.
Consequently, it becomes imperative to be conscientious of how you spend your free time. Old habits, like Netflix binging and partying every night, don’t work as well in the real world as they did in college. You might dread the notion of growing older, but feeling good each morning when you wake up at 7 a.m. takes priority. Stay in tune with your body and what you really need to center yourself.
Reading, meditating, even cleaning can prove to be your best relaxants after a hectic week. It’s important to remain hyper aware of your stress levels and needs so that you don’t burn yourself out. Unfortunately, in the adult world, you don’t get to take as many mental health days off, so it’s critical to implement these practices into your routine.
As intimidating as that sounds, I’ve found that maneuvering the adult world isn’t as scary as we might anticipate. We’ve been privileged by our extensive education to be prepared with the skills to tackle all different types of challenges and opportunities. They’re just disguised as job applications instead of homework assignments.
By applying your organizational and critical thinking skills, you can prepare yourself for the obstacles ahead.