Wouldn’t it be great if someone wrote a personalized how-to guide to surviving your twenties? Until that happens, here are a couple of helpful tips for transitioning from a twenty-something college student into a twenty-something adult.

Set Goals

Where do you want to be in one year, five years, or ten years? From finding financial stability to earning a promotion at work, writing down your personal goals plays a huge part in setting yourself up for success. It’s important to be realistic with your goals and make them manageable. (There goes my goal of getting married to Charlie Hunnam by the time I turn 25. A girl can dream, right?) Setting goals and crafting a clear vision will make it that much easier to get where you want to go, even if you’re not quite sure where that is.

Get Organized

Try out different methods of organization like color-coding or building lists. Altering your methods of organization can help improve your overall mental clarity. P.S. Please throw away that empty Starbucks cup on your desk and file that stack of papers you’ve been hanging onto for weeks. Physical organization is equally as important as mental organization.

Morning Routine

Along with exercise and getting enough sleep, having a morning routine is key to starting the day off right. Waking up at the same time, heading to spin class and making sure I get (at least one) cup of coffee before heading to work are all things that help keep me on track.

Live Well

It’s important to live well (or at least try to). – Never skip a workout. Drink a lot of water. Read as many books as possible. Eat well most of the time. Sleep when you need it. Do yoga and meditate. Socialize. Find a passion. Talk to your coworkers. Have fun. Even if you have to fake that stuff until you find a routine that works best for you, do it.

Accept Failure

Failure is an inevitable part of life. It’s important as a twenty-something to learn to accept and embrace failure. When you stretch outside your comfort zone, you’re growing and developing as a person. Failure is not a bad thing, as long as you learn from it.

To sum up my experience as an #adultish twenty-something – it’s 70% getting it completely wrong, 30% getting it right and ALWAYS giving it 100% effort.