A tiny guide to adulting

I’ve spent the last few years trying to become a real life adult. Here’s a one page summary of what I’ve learned.

Exercise

Lift weights at least 3x per week. If you’re new, use the Stronglifts mobile app. Also do 30+ minutes of cardio at least 3x per week.

Diet

Follow the No S Diet (the whole thing is only 14 words). If you want recipe ideas, use Mealime app.

Health

Get a physical checkup every 2 years and go to the dentist every 6 months.

For general mental health, try journaling. One technique is Morning Pages, which means you write 3 pages of whatever comes to your head, first thing every morning. Lots of people benefit from meditation.

Education

Never stop learning. Block off time each week to read, work on an online course, attend a workshop, work on a side project, etc. If you benefit from classes, try Udemy.

Also, read books. Join Goodreads and maybe try a reading challenge. Ebooks are great because they’re always in your pocket.

Money

Use Dilbert’s one page guide to personal finance to figure out where you should put your money. If you want more detail, read I Will Teach You To Be Rich. Sign up for You Need A Budget and use it every day.

Time management

Add all scheduled appointments to a calendar, and dump all of your other tasks into a todo list like Todoist. Here’s a trigger list to help you think of all the tasks you need to write down. If you have lots of tasks, try Getting Things Done (GTD). For focusing and beating procrastination, try the Pomodoro technique.

Home organization

Follow the KonMarie method and throw out anything that doesn’t spark joy when you hold it. Here’s a decluttering checklist to work through.

Home maintenance

Follow this home maintenance checklist. For keeping things clean, set up a cleaning schedule with recurring todos in your todo list.

Car maintenance

Ask around for a mechanic you can trust, and get an oil change every 5,000 miles or 6 months from them. They’ll tell you what else you need based on your mileage.