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 are a list of 5 habits ever 20-something should have according to Birdie.
5 Habits Every 20-Something Should Have
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.
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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)
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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.
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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?
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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.
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