New job. New country. New responsibilities. Lots of “To Do” lists.
Tip: Have a pretty work space.
I’m currently in a living space that is similar to a dorm room, which inhibits me from having photos or anything hanging on the wall. Otherwise, I would have polaroids everywhere, pretty lights & a fancy calendar on the wall behind my desk. My beta fish, Mako, also keeps me company to remind me to “just keep swimming”.
Having a nice, homey work space containing anything that makes you happy, will make it so much easier to think & not hate the fact that you are currently forced to adult (yes I just used that word as a verb – get used to it).
I have a horrible memory. If I was a fish, I would be a blue tang & my name would be Dory.
Forgetfulness is not really an option at this point in my life, especially when I am moving to a new country & have a million things to do in preparation for that…
Steps of being a semi-successful “adult”:
- Make a list (or many, if you’re a perfectionist & an organization freak like me).
- Tackle your list one item at a time. Do NOT overwhelm yourself by trying to complete everything at once! Do one, MAYBE two things a day.
Strikeeach item out when you’ve completed it (so satisfying). Helps you feel accomplished and productive! It’s the little things in life…
I guess this is what being an adult means, right? Organization, lists, remembering & responsibilities. Maybe that’s why I have a bad memory… Rebelling against adulting?
No need to rebel. It’s life! If we want to take on new adventures & conquer new things, we have to be prepared for that.
Here are my current lists!
Call and/or email family Fill prescriptions
- Passport photos for Visa
- Apply for Visa (must get notarized – ask Zach)
- Register with ROCA – need travel details first
- Storage unit inquiry
- Insurance (car & travel)
- Research host country
- Data transfer – laptops
Appointments to make:
- Eye doctor – order contact prescriptions
- Do I have time for a massage? Make time, you need it
- Hair appointment (not urgent, but would be nice)
Things to Pack:
- Clothes (lots of dresses & shorts)
- Bathing suits
- Pictures (polaroids mostly)
- Cameras – plural meaning ALL
Things to buy beforehand:
- Polaroid film
- Bathing suits
- Phone? (maybe buy upon arrival? – research)
Notice only 2 of those items are crossed off? It’s hard not to worry but it is essential NOT to. I am taking things one day & one item at a time in order to not get overwhelmed. When that feeling of helplessness hits us, THAT’s when we become unproductive.
Take breaks, have fun in between tasks & relax! Add THAT to your list! 🙂