If we are ever asked, “What were the best days of our lives?” We often reply with a happy nostalgic look on our faces, “Our school days!” And why wouldn’t they be? The brief chit-chats near the locker, eating each other’s lunch in recess, or hatching an elaborate plan to bunk a boring class. We all have some great bitter-sweet memories that we still cherish a lot.
Besides giving you a bunch of memories, the school teaches you a lot of important skills that you’ll need to be successful in life. It helps you highlight your potential in a particular field and gives you the knowledge of that field. But there are some very important real-life skills we were not given elaborate lessons on. These are not the skills that you can learn over the internet by subscribing to a TV Internet Bundle. These are the important things that you should have been taught to you by an adult in your life, be it a teacher, a parent, or an elder sibling.
In this article, we’ll mention a few important life rules and skills that determine your success in life and career yet aren’t part of your typical school curriculum.
If we learned how to budget at all in school, we were certainly not taught the reality of having $15 to our name in between paychecks and trying to figure out ways to make that $15 cover our groceries for a week. Luckily there are a bunch of apps that you can download to help you budget your finances more effectively. But there are a few things that the app won’t tell you when you’re trying to stretch $15 for an entire week. Those few things are:
- Plan your meals ahead of time so you know what to shop for.
- Stock up on toiletries when you have the cash
- Purchase ingredients like pasta and rice that go a long way if you get creative with them.
- Avoiding and addressing burnout
Burnout is a state of mental and physical exhaustion and no one’s immune to it. Whether you identify the symptoms of an impending burnout or not or you are already past the breaking point and are now forcing yourself to operate effectively through the exhaustion without taking a break will only damage your emotional and physical health further.
Dealing with burnout requires the “Three Rs” approach:
- Recognize: Beware of the warning symptoms of burnout
- Reverse: Manage stress and seek necessary support to undo the damage
- Resilience: In order to take care of your physical and emotional health you need to be resilient so be tough and build up your resilience to stress.
- Dealing with difficult co-workers
Most of us learned how to craft a resume in order to get the jobs we wanted. We were taught to choose our path of education and eventual employment but we were never taught the importance of interpersonal skills and how to handle difficult coworkers. Some useful tips to deal with difficult coworkers are as follows:
- Try your best to stay calm
- Try to get some perspective from others
- Try to understand the other person’s intentions
- Let the other person know where you are coming from
- Try connecting with your colleagues on a personal level
- Treat everyone with respect
- Focus on what you can actually be actioned upon
- Knowing that your credit score can impact your life
Your credit score can affect a lot of things in your life including but not limited to: Buying a house, leasing a car, renting an apartment, getting a new cell phone, or getting better interest on loans.
In order to ensure you don’t hurt your credit make sure you’re checking your credit and disputing any red flags you see (incorrect late payments, charges you didn’t make, etc.), schedule your payments monthly so don’t miss them, don’t apply for any new credit cards unless you have your current cards under control, and try to pay more than the minimum payment amount monthly if you can.
- The importance of taking care of your mental health
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Being healthy emotionally plays an important part in the health of our relationships, not just with others but with ourselves as well.
Our productivity in our work and our ability to feel and embrace the joy we gain from doing activities we enjoy is also better when we are feeling well mentally. Make sure you take some time every single day to check in with yourself and remember there is nothing wrong with seeking therapy to help your mental health in its healthiest shape.
To Sum Up
Even though we live in a much-evolved world now, our education system is still limited to teaching us how we can memorize and remember information. Today’s students don’t just need to remember heaps of data and information, they need to learn critical skills that can truly make or break a student’s satisfaction, happiness, and wealth throughout their lives.
The above-mentioned skills are just a few of the important things youngsters should know about but these do cover some of the fundamentals of living that we aren’t taught in school.