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20 Things You Should Start Doing To Put Yourself Ahead In Your 20's

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20 Things You Should Start Doing To Put Yourself Ahead In Your 20's

If you're anything like me, thinking about your future is pretty much your least favourite activity.  No, I don't know what I'm doing after graduation. Yep, still no clue where I'll be living once my lease is over, and don't even get me started on how the hell I'm going to pay off my student debt.

But over the past couple years, I've definitely come across a few helpful tips that have kept my anxiety (somewhat) at bay.  So read on if you're looking to get your shit together, maybe we can accomplish this whole "adult" thing together!

FYI, no I do not consider myself an expert at anything on this list, I'm just optimistically trying to fit a few of these habits into my daily routine in hopes that I no longer run out of clean socks and start paying my visa bill on time! #goals.

1. Start budgeting.

This might be one of the most important things my parents taught me. Sticking to a budget will allow you to know exactly where your money is going, and where adjustments need to be made.

2. Start making an effort to initiate plans.

Nobody likes to be the friend that is constantly planning everything, it's not only tiring but also pretty annoying. Make sure that you're doing an equal part in every friendship to make plans, this is more important to people than you may think.

3. Start giving more compliments.

There is nothing to lose when telling somewhat that they have a great idea/outfit/attitude etc. So why not share something positive with someone?

4. Start cleaning up your social media.

Let's be real, 25-year old you with your beer staff is way less impressive than 19-year old you with your beer staff.

5. Start networking.

Getting your name out there is super important, especially when it comes to looking for a job. Get a business card made up, and start socializing with people that can actually help you grow.

6. Start making an effort to call your parents.

Yeah, we are all busy. But that's no excuse to not set aside 10 minutes every week to check in with your family. This probably means a lot more to them then you'll ever know.

7. Start reading more.

Even if it's just checking your mobile news app on the way to work. Being informed is helpful and vital to succeeding in any field.

8. Start thinking for yourself instead of comparing yourself.

I don't think I can stress this enough. Don't worry about what all your friends/peers/colleagues are doing. Your success will eventually come as long as you put in the work.

9. Start a 5-year plan.

Yep, this will be pretty overwhelming. But the main thing to remember is that things will always be changing. You don't necessarily have to stick to a five-year plan, but it might give you more drive to reach your goals.

10. Start looking for internships / jobs that relate to your degree.

This is not at all necessary. It's totally fine to end up in a job that has nothing to do with your degree, as long as you're happy! But youlikely paid a lot of money for that piece of paper, why not get some use out of it?

11. Start actively participating in politics.

Or at least stop complaining about something you chose not to actively participate in.

12. Start putting yourself before others.

Sometimes it's okay to be selfish. Make sure that your happiness always comes first, as long as it does not hurt anybody else!

13. Start saving a portion of your pay cheque.

This is something I REALLY need to work on. Although even if you're just setting aside $50 every two weeks, it's still $50 saved rather than being spent at the bar on drinks you didn't even really need.

14. Start letting your guard down when it comes to love.

I get that some people just really love being single, and that's totally fine. But remember to let yourself love. Your 20's is the prime time to figure out what you like, what you don't like, and what you seriously can't stand.

15. Start reflecting on your decisions.

I'm not saying you need to regret every bad decision you have ever made, but start reflecting on them so you know how not to repeat them. It takes maturity to realize you fucked up, but it will save you a lot of embarrassment and frustration in the long run.

16. Start taking yourself a little bit seriously.

I also need to take my own advice in this category. Remember that the way to perceive yourself also has an impact on how other will perceive you. AKA no more Instagram captions that say "I am trash", you're not trash

17. Start traveling.

Travel while you're young and (semi) commitment free. You'll thank me later once you have a kid, a serious career, and a house to manage.

18. Start to get into a routine.

A routine does not necessarily mean boring. A lot of the time it just gives you a sense of stability, which is likely something you'll appreciate further down the road!

19. Start being proud of what you've already accomplished.

Millennials get a bad rep for being lazy. But I guarantee that you have at least made one accomplishment that you're seriously proud of. Sometimes it's easy to get so caught up in the fact that you haven't achieved everything you thought you would by your mid-twenties, but just keep working your ass off, you'll get there.

20. Start busting your ass.

This pretty much sums up the entire list. Work hard, and you'll achieve amazing things. Now stop reading this list on the internet and go create something amazing, you've got this!

    Sara Sandham
    Staff Writer
    Sara Sandham was a writer with Narcity Media.
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