So you’ve made it to your 20s without doing any serious harm. Well done! Now that you’ve had a few years learning “how to adult” you should focus on refining some skills, habits and hobbies. Here is my list of habits you should have in your 20s.
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5 Habits For Your 20s
Minimalism: Or at least a lack of consumerism
There’s nothing quite like having a packed dorm room to make you feel more squished than you already are. Sure, you want to buy a few college swag items, maybe some decorations for your room, some new clothes, etc. But if you get to the point where you can’t fit everything you have in the packing gear you brought with you, it’s going to be a pain in the ass to sort and purge the last few days of school.
There’s also the problem of having to integrate all of that stuff to your parents’ place once you go home for the summer. Nothing more annoying than have more clothes than closet.
It also helps with moving. Once you get through your second or third move, you will be grateful you have less stuff. This lifestyle doesn’t work for everyone, so instead, take the Marie Kondo approach and only keep things you actively want.
Figuring out how to eat healthy and keep up your activity while in college is a great habit to have. If you eat garbage every day because your cafeteria makes food slightly less that edible, it’s going to affect you everywhere. You’ll be more sluggish, tired, and feel like crap.
Learning to keep active in a busy situation like college is great because once you leave for your adult life, you’ll have a handle on knowing how to balance fitness with a busy work and social life will definitely benefit you in the long run. Also, don’t forget to keep hydrated! (especially with all the partying you’ll be doing)
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean being a vegetarian or vegan, it can be as simple as making sure you’re staying active in some way, making sure there’s some vegetables in your diet at least once a day, and if you haven’t seen daylight in a few days, change that.
Learning and teaching yourself to have the self-discipline to study daily, or do your homework on time instead of procrastinating, will carry over into so many different parts of your life. Not only will it help once your course load starts to create chaos, (I’ve skipped quite a few classes in my day to finish writing a paper for a different class.
If I didn’t procrastinate I would have saved myself many hours of panic) it will keep you on top of everything so that you don’t fall behind.
It will also work into other parts of your life that you may not even notice. I’m still bad at procrastinating, and I also have no will power in other areas of my life like snacking. I’m terrible at snacking and it’s what brought my from underweight to overweight in the span of 4 years.
This will definitely benefit you for the rest of your life. There are many adults in the working world who don’t know how to do this and it causes problems all over the place (staying out far too late when you have work the next morning, anyone?).
While it will most likely be hard at first, learning to balance doing homework/studying with having a decent social life will benefit you not only with keeping your life in check, it will also help you prioritize things. That party you really want to go to might be enticing, but is it worth the cram session on Sunday to get your 5 page paper done?
Having a good work/life balance in school will definitely help you once you’re in the real world. You’ll know and understand when to work overtime, when it’s too much, and how to make sure you still see your friends at least once a month.
While I was in college I didn’t have a budget at all. I spent money willy-nilly and now, I kind of regret it. Thankfully, I never opened a credit card, so I’m not dealing with crippling debt (besides my student loans) and was able to have some sort of limit based on what was in the bank account, but I definitely bought things I didn’t need simply because I wanted it and I had the money.
Learning to figure out what is a necessity and what is a want, is a HUGE lesson to learn. Some people never figure this out and end up blowing their paychecks on stupid or frivolous things, then wonder how they’re going to pay their rent at the end of the month.
- Make sure all of the “things” you have are things you actually want. You don’t realize how much extra stuff you have until you have to move it all. Don’t be me, declutter when you can.
- Eat your vegetables and move your body. Also make sure you see daylight and other people. Staying healthy will help you when you’re older, your body doesn’t work the way it used to, and you have a harder time being active.
- Learn some self discipline and give yourself will power. This is an incredibly helpful habit to have. It’s super helpful when you want to eat the entire bakery section of a grocery store.
- Figure out how to work hard and play hard as well. That means figuring out where your limit is and don’t let anyone push you over that limit.
- Learn to keep your finances, and keep them well. Budgeting and being frugal will definitely help you later in life. I’m still kicking myself for some of the frivolous purchases when I was younger.
What do you think of my tips? Are these something you would utilize? Let me know in the comments below!