Essential survival skills for modern day life

The tips and tricks that your grandparents, or even your parents, gave you when you were younger may no longer apply. It’s increasingly difficult to survive, let alone progress in modern day life, as you struggle with trying to save for the future, to further your career, meet the love of your life and even keep your parents or relatives happy.

Don’t worry, there are a few skills that are essential for you to keep your head above the water during your day-to-day, and they may be different to what you might think! So be prepared to learn how to navigate your way through modern day life – without even using a compass.

Boss social media

Like it or not, the way that we communicate is changing at a rapid pace. Gone, almost, are the days of picking up the phone and calling a potential client, friend or colleague. The chances are that you will be more used to instant messaging or send a text to communicate. The same applies to social media. Yes, you might think that you manage social channels fairly well, but if you truly want to survive, you need to deepen your understanding of this powerful means of communication and make sure that you have the skills that you need to thrive. Employers are increasingly looking for individuals that are not only talented, but they also are a dab hand with Twitter and Instagram too. So, if you have barely scratched the surface of the world of social media, then its time to make a change.

Firstly, it’s time to learn how to cut corners, the modern way. Sure, you could invest in an expensive course to learn more about social media, but why bother when the information and help that you need to available to you online for free. Use what’s available to you and get savvy when it comes to learning. Online resources, such as sites offering free courses, Tedtalks and even blogs will help you to understand social media better. There’s no better way to learn than through practice too, so be sure to start posting and commenting on a daily basis. Learn how to boss social media, and you won’t only open yourself up to a whole range of new opportunities and challenges, you will also gain some serious kudos from your peers.

Health and fitness MOT

If you want to remain feeling happy, healthy and well but feel sluggish and run down, then it’s time to give your diet and fitness regime some much-needed attention. If you have some extra cash to spend and are looking to make an investment in some seriously cool tech, then consider a fitness tracker such as an Apple Watch or Fitbit to monitor your calories and daily step count. If you find it hard to motivate yourself to go to the gym, and you know it, then this will help you to get up and active, while keeping track of just how much you are also eating. Fitness trackers are ideal if you work long hours, and spend most of them sat at your desk. Plus, you can even invest in tech that enables you to monitor your social media and answer your calls while on the go.

If you want to improve your health for the better, then the chances are that your diet could be letting you down. Begin by keeping a food journal and monitor just how many cups of coffee or alcoholic drinks that you consume each week. Even if you feel that you follow a healthy diet, the reality may provide you with a much-needed wake-up call to start making changes for the better.

Practice Mindful thinking

Spending hours glued to your smartphone and working long hours can wreak havoc on your overall mood and wellbeing, in particular, if you are trying to balance a hectic social life too. Modern day life requires learning modern day skills, and Mindfulness techniques should remain at the top of your must-have list. Begin by trying to live more in the now, as tough as that can be, and try and be more aware and conscious of the decisions that you are making and how the results of these affect you. Try and schedule a few minutes each day to meditate and disconnect, to prepare yourself for the day ahead. Finally, if you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, then you shouldn’t feel afraid to voice your concerns and fears. Remember that this isn’t a sign of weakness; rather, you are making a change that will have a lasting benefit on your entire health.

Cash to spare

Money: you are either good with it, or you always find yourself down to your last five dollars at the end of the month. If you want to thrive in modern day life, then it’s essential that you learn the value of money, and how to budget your paycheck so that you don’t run out of funds mid-month. Begin, by drawing up a spreadsheet of your monthly outgoings – and you may be surprised or shocked as to how you spend all of your hard-earned cash. Remember that your social life can take a back seat, and your friends will respect you more if you pass on several occasions because you can’t afford it. Try and start saving emergency money just in case, as you never know when you might need it.

Modern life can be tough to manage at times, but don’t worry, once you have learned these key tips you will be ready for anything. Make sure that you invest some serious study time into social media, as communications continue to change. Give your diet and lifestyle some attention and make sure that you look after your body. Be sure to practice Mindful thinking and get ready to slow down and ask for help if you need it. Finally, get to grips with your spending and make sure that you always have some cash spare just in case you need it.


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