‘How To Skimm Your Life’ is the ultimate reference book for growing up

‘How To Skimm Your Life’ is the ultimate reference book for growing up, but Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg didn’t just write another self-help book.

Sharon Suh for the Skimm

What does “skimming your life mean?” Well, to theSkimm cofounders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, skimming your life basically means learning to adult. While this sounds like a daunting task, the cofounders have made it very easy for you with their new book “How To Skimm Your Life,” aka a “reference book for growing up.”

“No one knows everything,” Weisberg said at the June 10 kickoff of the “How to Skimm Your Life” Night Out book tour. “The common denominator is that we’re all smart and we don’t have a lot of time, and the time that you do have you want to spend on meaningful things.”

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Sharon Suh for the Skimm

If you ever looked to “The Bold Type” or “Sex and the City” for advice on how to navigate your 20s and 30s you probably came up pretty empty handed, if not led completely in the wrong direction. Instead, these Millennial women give real-life advice and information on things you’ll need to know after college- although it would be very helpful to know these things during college, too.


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You could say it’s a self-help book, but it’s more than that, really. A better descriptor would be the ultimate self-informing book for any Millennial or Gen Z woman. Keep reading for a preview of what you’ll learn in “How To Skimm Your Life.”

Here are 8 lessons from “How To Skimm Your Life”

  1. When picking a wine to drink at a restaurant, don’t just pick the second least expensive because you don’t want to look cheap. Restaurants know that people do this and will put a bottle they’re trying to get rid of in that position. Additionally, the wine pairing rule you’ve been hearing your whole life (white with fish and red with meat) isn’t always true. For example, a nice chardonnay goes great with shellfish, chicken, and pork.
  2. Your sleep position helps determine what kind of mattress you should buy. People who sleep in fetal or log position need mattresses that have pressure relief, so memory foam or a softer mattress would be the best bet. Anyone who sleeps stomach down should look into something on the firmer side, so as to not be smothered by their bed while they sleep. A starfish sleeper needs something right in between soft and firm.
  3. Negotiating salary is an important part of the job process no matter if you’re on your first, second, or third job. While theSkimm suggests that asking for more money while searching for an entry level job isn’t a good idea, make sure you’re getting at least the market average before signing your acceptance letter. Doing your research on market rates is a crucial part of any negotiation process.
  4. Get your to-do list together with the 1-3-5 method. To-do lists can be daunting when you add five things but only cross off one at a time. Instead, “How to Skimm Your Life” suggests making a daily to-do list that contains one big task, three medium-sized tasks, and five small tasks. Cross these all off and you’ll get at least nine things done that day.
  5. After you negotiated a great salary, you might want to know what your options are for investing that hard earned cash. When it comes to investing, you’re going to want to know the market. A bull market is when prices are steadily increasing. This is a good time to get into new investments because you can ride the wave while the market is on the upswing. A bear market is the opposite, meaning that stock prices are steadily decreasing and it’s a riskier time to invest.
  6. Though tax experts will say to begin all your paperwork in January, theSkimm says that February is a more realistic goal. When it comes to your W-4, putting a one or zero for how many allowances you claim is a personal decision if you’re a single person with no dependents. If you claim zero, the government will withhold more taxes per paycheck but you’ll likely receive a larger tax refund. If you claim one or more allowances, the government will take less out of each paycheck but there’s a chance you may have to pay more when tax season rolls around.
  7. A midterm election is a congressional election that happens halfway through a presidential term, allowing voters to express how they’ve felt about the president’s work thus far. House of Representatives only serve for two years, so every seat in the House is open to a vote during the midterms. These elections are important because they can flip the majority party in the House, making it easier or more difficult for a president to get things done. Midterm elections don’t use the electoral college, so whoever gets the most votes in the state wins the seat.
  8. The United Nations (UN) is made up of every country in the world besides Palestine and the Holy See, which are member states but don’t get to vote on resolutions. The UN Security Council consists of 15 countries: the United States, China, Russia, France, and Britain, plus 10 members that are elected for two-year terms. The Security Council can impose sanctions and authorize peacekeeping operations. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a political and military alliance comprised of the US, Canada, and 29 other (mostly European) countries. NATO serves as an ally organization, meaning an attack on one member nation is an attack on all of them.

A note from the “How to Skimm Your Life” authors

Zakin and Weisberg know that they packed a lot of (useful) info between the two bright teal-colored covers, but Weisberg challenges readers to tackle one thing at a time.

“Choose a section, it doesn’t matter what it is … it could be about how to order wine at a restaurant, but choose what you want to take action on,“ Weisberg said. “Our mission in this company is to take this generation and arm ourselves with information to have choice.”


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