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15 Charts For Anyone Trying To Be A Better Adult This Month

Prepare your planners.

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2. As your days start to get busier, try basic bodyweight exercises that you can do while your shower warms up in the mornings.

5. While you've got ~money on your mind~, check in on your savings — or set up a saving plan that works for you, if you haven't already.

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Since you've just spent time thinking about your 2016 money situation, might as well plan for 2017's at the same time. Start with a family budget, and when you're ready, think about investing — learn more about some of the basics described in this chart on LearnVest.

6. Try out a daily mental health tracker like this one — or if it's easier, use a similar format but for weeks instead of days.

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One of the hardest parts of being a better adult can be taking care of your emotional and mental health (dudes, this goes for you too). Sometimes, the easiest place to start is by writing down your daily emotions in a place no one else has to see.

Learn more about using a bullet journal for better mental health.

7. Speaking of self-awareness, familiarize yourself with intersectional feminism and the complexities of feminism as an identity for International Women's Day on March 8.

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This diagram helps break down some of the distinctions that some feminist writers and thinkers consider (not every person would break it down this way, but I personally found it helpful and think it lines up with a lot of the writing I've read on the topic) — it's from writer Cate Young, who includes much more context and description in her post "This Is What I Mean When I Say White Feminism."

There's lots of excellent writing on intersectionalism out there, but here are two thoughtful pieces recently posted in a women's group chat here at BuzzFeed:

💚 Own, Apologize, Repair: Coming Back to Integrity

💙 When Your Existence Is Up For Debate: How trans people’s lives are jeopardized by the latest trend of “think pieces” on trans issues

8. Pick a new book to read that piques your interest.

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These are books that we read and loved in February; stay up-to-date with March's with the BuzzFeed Books email newsletter.

If you want to see what other books people are talking about, check out your independent bookstore, the New York Times best-sellers, or follow the Goodreads new book updates.

9. Give your home a fresh start and sign up for BuzzFeed's 10-day Spring Cleaning Challenge.

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Even better: You only have to spend 16 minutes in each room each day. Read more and sign up here.

10. Or if you really want to give your living space a deep clean and refresh, follow this huge checklist of everything you should clean, plus why and how you should clean it.

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Sections for every two months, quarterly, and twice a year are pictured above, but the full infographic features tasks you can do every day, every month, and every year, in addition to what's included here.

13. Depending on your ~hardiness zone~, March is the earliest you might begin planting a vegetable garden.

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This helpful chart is from Uncle Jim's Worm Farm, but your vegetable-planting schedule will vary depending on where in the country you live. The USDA has a handy Hardiness Zone Map, and you can find a more detailed planting schedule here.

14. Or, plan and build your own vertical window farm to grow veggies and herbs in your tiny apartment.

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Learn more about window farming at Mr. Kate. The website that used to sell kits for this project doesn't exist anymore, but you can learn how to DIY your own using plastic water bottles.

15. Now that you know what to do, pick your top six and and write 'em down.

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Even better, pick a date for each of them. I usually set my goals like this on the 1st or the 2nd of each month! From Evelyn Henson.