First, make a list of things you need to accomplish and give them deadlines. Afterward, prioritize the things on your list based on their due dates. This will provide you with a guide on which to base your actions. All of your time from here on out is wasted if you aren’t deliberate about your actions. Everything you do should in some way bring you closer to accomplishing your goals.

After prioritizing your list, elaborate on each point as much as possible. Say, for instance, the first goal on your list is to get a job. Something as vague as “get a job” might seem completely indigestible and incredibly vague. However, emulsifying “get a job” into smaller parts, such as “why I need a job,” “how much do I need to earn,” “what I should write on my resume/’ “who’s hiring,” and “how I should dress to be hired,” and considering all the smaller details of each point will make the goal seem more attainable, which will give you some confidence about your situation and confidence is a key factor in getting a job.

Once you’re employed, the next thing you need to do, as it’ll probably be number two on your list of goals to accomplish, is move out. But housing and living costs are high! How are you supposed to afford to get by all alone after only a few months of working? Believe it or not, it is possible. One of the most important things you will learn on your path to independence is how to budget your money. There are a few folks out there that are constantly whining about never having any money, but if you go to their less-than-humble abodes, you will find that the newest, coolest, and priciest stuff in the market is mounted on their wall or stuffed in their closet somewhere. Frivolous spending is a disease that goes undetected until creditors and landlords start calling you for overdue payments.

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