How do I be responsible?

Some background, some drama

Everyone dreams of throwing caution in the wind, once in a way. But the truth is that behaving responsibly adds meaning to our lives and allows us to develop character, forge meaningful relationships and get ahead in the work world.

Do’s and Don’ts

Responsibility isn't a way of saying you can't have fun, it's a way of saying the fun can wait or it isn't right. Inactivity leads to irresponsibility. The “How Do I" series tries to list down a few Do’s and don’ts to guide and help you to be responsible.


  • Understand that responsibility is earned. It's not something you're entitled to.
  • Prove that you can handle the smaller stuff before you're given more responsibility.
  • Admit your mistakes. This is one of the key parts of accepting responsibility.
  • Stop blaming other people for your problems and learn to accept responsibility.
  • Stop complaining; it’s a useless habit.
  • Accept what you cannot control everything.
  • Practice self-discipline. Set goals and meet them without getting distracted.
  • Make a manageable to-do list every day and try to complete as many tasks as you can.
  • Remind yourself of the end game to stay motivated.
  • Learn to deal with the hard stuff and life's challenges.
  • Multitask like a champion.
  • Learn to manage your money.
  • Be consistent. Find a routine that works for you and stick to it.
  • Be reliable. It’s part of being a responsible person that other people can depend on.
  • Take serious feedback. It's part of being a responsible person.
  • Help others. This is a great way to develop a habit of a responsible person.
  • Take initiative. Be the one to make a positive difference.
  • Develop a daily routine that works for you.
  • Be responsible for your possessions.


  • Don’t play the victim. If you want to start being responsible, then stop thinking that everyone is out to make you fail or look bad.
  • Don't stop having fun just to be disciplined.
  • Don’t procrastinate. Instead, tackle your goal early.
  • Don’t stick to a routine in an obsessive fashion if you have something else coming up, but keep things as regular as you can.
  • Don’t make excuses. Instead, be proactive and work towards your goal.
  • Don’t over exhaust and overdo yourself. Avoid burnout.

Last words

People who are involved in day to day activities are more responsible than people who spend the whole day doing nothing productive. Start becoming aware and involved with the happenings in your home or workplace, and then you will automatically be more responsible. Take care of yourself and stay out of other people's business. Keep yourself out of trouble and stay focused.

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