Have you ever had one of those "can't adult days?" It's a typical day when you'd rather stay in bed, watch your favorite series all day, and delay dealing with tasks related to adulting. Got bills to pay? It can wait 'til tomorrow. Got deadlines this week? You can do it at the last minute. Need to clean your apartment? Dusting your shelves will do. While it's better to put everything on hold while you recharge your batteries, you can't just delay your life whenever you feel like it.
Find a dose of inspiration that can help you keep your eyes on the prize. Who says you can't master adulting? Here are 10 reads that can help you do just that:
1. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Holding back because of your fear of failing or not being good enough won't bring you closer to your dreams. In her book, motivational speaker, author, and blogger Rachel Hollis gives tips on how you can live life to the fullest and reach your full potential with confidence. Are you the type who says sorry even for the smallest mistakes? It sounds cliché, but you should never be afraid to commit errors because it can teach you a thing or two. Having the right set of skills and behaviors can help you realize your dreams and let go of any doubts you have.
2. Calm The F*ck Down (How To Control What You Can And Accept What You Can't So You Can Stop Freaking Out And Get On With Your Life) by Sarah Knight
Panicking about your to-do lists and worrying about your life goals won't help you move forward, amirite? Instead of wallowing in a corner, you can take control of your situation so you can get things done. Sarah Knight's book will help you realize that instead of spending hours getting stressed over a problem, you can use those precious minutes looking for possible solutions. Pull yourself together and be guided by the NoWorries method so you can beat overthinking and learn to accept things you can't control.
3. Make Time: How To Focus On What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky
How do you measure productivity? Are you the type who fills each day with meetings and meet-ups with friends just to feel productive? Authors Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky say there's more to life than being busy and getting distracted. To make the most of the 24 hours you have each day, you don't need to quit social media during work hours or even keep your smartphone in a cabinet while you get tasks done. The secret? Squeezing in tiny adjustments in your routine and making time for things that really matter so you can avoid feeling tired all the time.
4. 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do by Amy Morin
Now more than ever, we girls are empowered to speak up and stand up for what we believe in. But sometimes, even if we tell ourselves "we got this," there are days when dealing with everything feels too daunting. To be able to handle the demands of adulting, we need to be mentally tough and psychotherapist Amy Morin teaches us how to build mental muscle in her book while giving insights on what not to do. While giving you a few tips and tricks, this book can also serve as a reminder that you don't need to be perfect all the time and comparing yourself to others won't do you any good.
5. You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
It's safe to say that self-doubt is a roadblock most of us deal with. It rains on our parade and keeps us from achieving what we want. Guess what? You're a badass. You deserve everything you want. In her book, Jen Sincero shares inspiring stories, good advice, and easy exercises that can help you change your behaviors so you can achieve your dreams. Of course, it's not always rainbows and butterflies—you need to accept change and at the same time, accept things you can't change. At the end of the book, you'll learn how to love yourself more and that's a win!
6. I'm Awesome. Here's Why… by Sara Katherine
Most of the time, we just need a little push when life gets tough. I'm Awesome. Here's Why… has over a hundred activities and prompts that will remind you why you're amazing, teaching you how to love yourself and the importance of self-worth. In the age of social media, when it's easy to compare what we have with others, we can all use a little reminder—that we're special and unique in our own little way. Don't forget to sparkle and be a unicorn!
7. Unf*ck Your Adulting (Give Yourself Permission, Carry Your Own Baggage, Don't Be A Dick, Make Decisions, And Other Life Skills) by Faith G. Harper, PHD, LPC-5, ACS, ACN
Sometimes, all we need is a change in perspective. Instead of looking at adulting as a black hole that can suck us in, think of it as an adventure. In her book, Faith G. Harper talks about the fundamentals of adulting—and it's not always about having a high paying job and buying a new car. It can also mean having a fulfilling job that excites you and building a life that you love waking up to. Make decisions without breaking a sweat, participate more, and own your journey.
8. The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto For Success by Kate White
Feeling stuck in your job? Do you want to be more? Former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Kate White presents nine principles that can help you build your confidence, manage your time, and negotiate your salary. Higher salary and extra perks? Count me in! Backed by research and success stories, White will inspire you to make your own rules and ask for the opportunities you deserve without apologizing for being honest with what you want.
9. Just Shut Up And Do It! by Brian Tracy
Are you guilty of the mañana habit? Some days are meant for procrastinating, but there are also days when you need to face your challenges head-on. It doesn't have to be too difficult and Brian Tracy has seven simple steps to help you get started. His book will teach you that you are a woman of potential who can achieve more as long as you have clarity, focus, and concentration. Why start tomorrow when you can do it today? Stop making excuses and do it!
10. Gmorning, Gnight by Lin-Manuel Miranda, illustrated by Jonny Sun
Nothing beats a little pick-me-up at the beginning and end of each day. If you've been following Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on Facebook and Twitter, you'll be familiar with his well-loved words of encouragement that warm the heart. Gmorning, Gnight is a collection of his original sayings and poetry that will inspire you to seize the day as you leave for school or work. Had a rough day? Let Lin-Manuel's words give you a pat on the back as you relax those muscles and call it a day.
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