In The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin discusses her rules of adulthood, or personal commandments. I’ve been a huge fan of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and Better Than Before (if you haven’t read them yet, you need to) and thought it was high time to share my rules of adulthood.
I aim to practice these on a daily basis, but, let’s be honest, that doesn’t always happen, because life happens.
My 10 Rules of Adulthood
1 – Life happens
I can plan as much as I like, but, life happens. I’m (slowly) learning to go with the flow on things.
2 – You teach people how to treat you
Standing up for yourself can be scary, but if you don’t who will?
I dislike conflict, but I also know if I don’t correct people, or create boundaries, people will walk all over me.
3 – Don’t let perfection be the enemy of the good
(thanks to Gretchen for that one)
I could have easily talked myself out of announcing Accounting for Bloggers because it wasn’t yet perfect. Instead, I decided it was good (maybe great) and went for it. Why? Because it will never be perfect.
4 – When you think it, do it
This one is a continuous struggle for me, but one that also has the biggest reward when I follow it through.
5 – What others think doesn’t matter
The exception to this is my close friends. What they think does matter. But for outsiders, non-friends, or people who have hurt me, sorry, they don’t matter. You know the truth about yourself and your intentions, so don’t let idle gossip get you down.
6 – Think. Evaluate. Do.
I spent a year talking about getting a second cat. I wavered. I debated. I talked myself out of it. I cried on the way home with Charlie because what if I made a huuuuuge mistake?!
Guess what? I didn’t.
I thought about it.
I made my decision and I executed it.
Spinning accomplishes nothing but more spinning.
7 – Timeouts are awesome
Some days I’m grumpy.
Those days, I put myself in a grown up time out. This usually involves a glass of wine, bad TV, or a book.
8 – Nothing is life or death
It can be so easy to blow a situation out of proportion. To stress and fret and worry (I’ve got worrying on lock) far more than a situation warrants.
When this happens, I remind myself that it shall pass and in a few hours, or days, it won’t matter anymore.
9 – Have fun
Whatever it is that you’re doing, make it fun.
Write a to-do list and have fun crossing off the items (or maybe I just find that fun).
But really, have fun being you.
10 – Drink more water
Okay, so this is highly practical, but it’s true.
Water helps with energy, headaches, sleep, metabolic function, you name it.
So hop up and get yourself a glass.Inspired by @gretchenrubin Ange is sharing her 10 Rules of Adulthood. What are yours?Click To Tweet
And now, for some fun…..rules that didn’t make the cut:
- Haters gonna hate
- Eat the dang cookie
- Coffee is always the answer, and if it’s not coffee, it’s wine
- Learn to give no f-ks
- Sleep always wins
- Never fly hungover
- No one gives a s-t about your diet
- Eat your vegetables
What are your rules of adulthood?
Thanks to Amanda for letting me think out loud.
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