Adulting is Hard – 3 FREE Books That Help

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I LOVE LEARNING. It never ceases to amaze me how you can better yourself just by diving into a good book & putting your knowledge to work. For so long, my education was dictated by my school’s curriculum. Any outside learning came from scrolling through Pinterest or the occasional unfinished self-help book.

When I went on medical leave from pharmacy school, I finally had the time to reflect on basic skills that I lacked. After some soul-searching, I realized they were just skills needed for adulting (or behaving like a responsible adult): improving my memory, personal finances, and time management.

I knew I needed better memorization skills so I can succeed in my career and improve my public speaking skills. My budgeting skills and finance knowledge needed to be upgraded to adult level. And everyone needs better time management, especially with the all-consuming social media world we live in.

Since I had plenty of time & no money to spend, I researched for hours, looking for cheap books on these subjects. I discovered Manage Your Day-to-Day and was surprised to find it for free through Kindle Unlimited. I had no clue Kindle Unlimited existed! Apparently, it’s been out for years, but they didn’t accumulate a good selection until now. It’s a monthly membership with a free one-month trial, and you can cancel at any time (even right after you sign up!).

These books on adulting are straight-forward, simple reads that have life-changing tips and actionable steps. Below, I’m sharing my 3 biggest takeaways from each book!

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Unlimited Memory: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and Be More Productive

I’ve never been the best at memorization. Acronyms and mnemonic devices always fly over my head. Memorization is an important skill in every field you go into. To even be considered an expert, you must be able to recall key information.

My 3 Biggest Takeaways:

  1. 80% of changing is WHY you want it and only 20% HOW you do it – Remember WHY it’s important for you to learn to empower your memory
  2. The Journey Method: use your long-term memory of a place you’ve been to a thousand times (ex. your house, the mall, etc.) and create markers (ex. your fridge in the house) to link with each new information (ex. the President of the company you have an interview for)
  3. Presenting from Memory – FLOOR Principle: Your audience remembers best: F = First things, L = Last things, O = Outstanding information, O = Own links, R = Repeated information

Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By

Where has this book been all my life?! It has all the basic tools you need to be a financially stable adult. It also has great tips I would’ve never thought of myself!

My parents both grew up in the Philippines with no money. Now that they’re both successful nurses, they’ve taught me how to work hard for my money so I can enjoy it.

I’m grateful that I don’t have an unhealthy fear that money is fleeting. But it’s also not realistic to think that working hard will always result in money. What if your health is in jeopardy & you can no longer work? You need to learn how to save money for those unexpected turns in life.

My 3 Biggest Takeaways:

  1. If you get a salary increase, you should put 50% of your increase towards savings & 50% towards a better lifestyle (ex. food delivery, gym membership) or if you get a bonus/unplanned income, you should put 90% towards savings & 10% on something you want/need!
  2. STOP yourself every time you want to purchase something over $100; wait a month to buy or save that money!
  3. Go with a bank that gives the highest savings rate & lowest loan rates; ask for overdraft protection, discounts, and latest offers!

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind 

This book is for anyone that feels overwhelmed or distracted, especially those that are balancing a career & passion projects. Successful creatives & entrepreneurs spill all their tricks on how they do it. Their advice is not only inspiring but totally do-able!

My 3 Biggest Takeaways:

  1. Limit your daily to-do list to a 3″ x 3″ post-it
  2. Schedule a daily focus block in your planner for your passion project — start with 1 hour and add 15 min every 2 weeks (do your research beforehand to avoid distractions!)
  3. During your focus block, write down every distracting thought & schedule 10 minutes to review this list later (this will help you stick to your schedule!)

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Don’t forget that you can access these Kindle books with a one-month FREE trial of Kindle Unlimited! You can download a Kindle app on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. No need to buy a Kindle!

Please comment below or e-mail me with any self-improvement / adulting book recommendations! I’d love to hear any that helped you!

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I’m sharing 3 books to read to start your self-growth journey & how you can get them for free (big plus, you don’t have to leave home for this)! They’re all easy reads & have actionable steps to set you up for success! I also share my 3 biggest takeaways from each. #kindle #kindlebook #reading #book #read

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