Transitional 20s: Exciting or Scary?

Posted November 12, 2013 by Leni Schimpf in On the Ladder

Most of us were pretty much told what to do day-to-day before our lives in the “real world.” Now, for most of us 20-somethings, it is the first time our time is completely in our own hands. Yes, you have hours you must be at work, and maybe a dedicated time you call your parents every week, but for the most part managing your waking hours is now your job—and this can be intimidating.

The first few years in the “real world” are often a huge transition period, and I’ve learned that this is a good thing. You may have a new job, may be in a new city with a new roommate, and your priorities may start to change as well. Rather than being overwhelmed by all the changes in your life, work towards embracing these changes.

One thing I found extremely helpful is changing the way I manage my time. I know I need to be at work from 9-5:30 and I try to schedule my time at work to maximize my productivity. If I am able to finish everything by 5:30, I can leave on time, meaning I have more time to do things after work!

Another way I manage my time differently now is by scheduling my time outside of work hours. Because I am rarely sitting in front of my personal computer I have started to use Google Calendars to organize my time. This way I can access my calendar, at work and home, and can also have it sync to the calendar on my phone. I schedule everything from dinner with friends, to my time at the gym, dates, and even writing my articles for Career Girl Network! By organizing my time, it helps the other changes in my life seem not as monumental, and being organized helps me to maximize my time.

Even during this time of transition, remember that changes can be a good thing!

About the Author

Leni Schimpf

Leni Schimpf is a Public Relations Specialist at the law firm Dickstein Shapiro LLP in Washington, DC. She works on a marketing team focusing on business development and growth opportunities for the firm. At the firm, she is responsible for all external and internal communications, social media, and anything related to the press. Leni is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she majored in Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations, and double majored in Government and Politics.