You know you’re getting old when a chorus of “Happy Birthday” makes you cringe and IKEA has suddenly become one of your favourite places in the world. Well, adulting isn’t easy. And we’re not just referring to the stacks of bills and credit card statements stashed away in your drawer. Adulting is all about taking charge of your life as you attempt to grow into a better version of yourself each day. The keyword here is attempt, because not everyone succeeds at the first try.
So don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t gotten anywhere near your New Year’s resolutions yet. It’s the little steps that matter. This month, will yourself to make a difference by starting with these tips:
1. Keep the bathroom clean
This isn’t college anymore – clean bathrooms are a must. If you’re silently grossed out by your own bathroom, then you need to do something about it. Start by decluttering and throwing out old shampoo bottles, year-old toothbrushes and flattened Colgate tubes squeezed dry months ago. Scrub the grime and dirt from the tiles, polish the taps and wipe the countertops of your sink at least once a day to prevent dirt from building up. Or if you’re too busy to clean it yourself, get help from our cleaners.
2. Don’t procrastinate on your taxes
It’s March and that means we’re just a few weeks away from filing our taxes! Groan. Instead of procrastinating until the very last minute and panicking a few days before the deadline, start recording your taxable expenses and hire a bookkeeper or accountant for your business. Can’t tell the difference between the two? And if you need a bookkeeper or accountant, we’ve got some of the best on Kaodim.
3. Start working out & eating healthy
The best project you’ll ever work on is you. You are your biggest investment and your health is something you should never ever take for granted. Cut down on the grease and carbs, and start gearing up towards a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. Personal trainers are great at crafting the right fitness routines to suit what your goals, while ensuring that you’re consuming the right nutrients for your body.
4. Nail the basics of Microsoft Excel
This year, stop making excuses for being bad at Microsoft Excel or other Microsoft Office elements. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a Mac – because the skills of navigating an Excel sheet will launch you several steps ahead of your coworkers. Stop telling yourself that you’re not tech-savvy. With the right guidance, you’ll be on your way to being the office’s Microsoft whiz!
5. Improve your productivity with a planner, journal or a thousand reminders on your phone
Are you always forgetting meetings, assignments or basic things like folding the laundry or finishing the milk in the fridge before the expiry date? Don’t go through the rest of the year making little mistakes and thinking, “Oh shoot – I forgot about that!” when it’s too late. Keep a journal or planner, or utilise your phone for reminders.
6. Know the basics of makeup
Knowing the basics of makeup application would be a great advantage, especially if you’ve never actually applied makeup on your own before. You don’t have to doll up every day if you don’t want to, but knowing how to blend your eyeshadow, or how to curl your lashes and dress them in rich mascara are little things that could transform your looks and give you an extra boost of confidence. If you need help to look your best for a big event, we’ve got professional hair and makeup artists for that.
7. Have a nice apartment
Interior designers will tell you that it’s not the size of the apartment that counts, but the style and how it makes you feel. A clean, tidy and well-decorated apartment will be one of the biggest highlights of your adulthood (apart from successful relationships and promotions at work, of course). Be sure to keep your place clean and cosy, just the way you like it. And if you’re planning on taking your home’s design to the next level, our interior designers will gladly help.
8. Start collecting self-help books
The older you get, the more questions you have about life, relationships, success and the world. Many people find comfort in self-help books that encourage them to be better versions of themselves. You may have heard of books like The Secret by Rhonda Byrne or The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. These are just some of the bestsellers out there.
9. Keep your plants alive
You’d be surprised at how many people adore having plants to beautify their homes, but have no time in caring for them. At the end of the week, the plants wither away to brown crisps and they get tossed. The cycle repeats. So this time, set a reminder to give them the adequate amount of water they deserve. This also applies to other living things you might have at home… such as that little goldfish you might have forgotten about.
10. Pick up an extra language
Having an extra language will do you good. It’s like that impressive gold star on your resume, drawing job recruiters in and opening doors all over the country. It also enables you to strike up friendly conversations when you travel. So if you’ve always raved about wanting to learn French, Japanese, Korean or Mandarin, this is your chance! Kaodim has certified language tutors you can get free quotations from.
One of the biggest things about becoming a better adult is learning how to ask for help. Don’t be misled to think that independent adults handle everything on their own. We’re still human and we aren’t made of steel. When the chores are piling up, it’s time to ask for help.
On the bright side, in conjunction with the school holidays, we’ve got big discounts for selected services such as cleaning, moving, and more. Feel free to choose the service you need by clicking on this link, and apply the promo code before submitting the request. Hurry – our promotion runs until the end of March 2017!
written by Carissa Gan