In other words, your early and mid – 20s are the years you spend most in learning by your mistakes and growing, finally making a serious attempt at answering those scary questions like who you are and who you want to be.
And becoming a better version of yourself is a result of developing a good routine.
So here are 6 habits you need to form before your thirties.
1. HAVING A GOOD MORNING ROUTINE
Here are some examples of habits you can add to your morning routine:
- Exercising – this can literally go from yoga to taking a walk with your dog, to just some stretching.
- the bed – obviously, making your bed will help you make sure you don’t get under your sheets again, but it also has a second advantage: within a while, your brain will start will start thinking Oh, the day just started! whenever you start making your bed and this will make you feel better about the rest of the day.
- Cleaning up your room – this helps your mind feel clean and focus more easily. Personally, I have something more on my desk than to-do do list and my computer when I need to get some work done!
- Drinking some water – I personally add some lemons and cucumbers, so that it has a better taste and a detox effect. Warm water helps you wake you and put your organs into action.
If you want more ideas and inspiration to create your own morning routine, here are some more suggestions.
2. LEARN HOW TO INVEST
I don’t feel like I really need to tell you this, but your personal finances need attention.
You can’t just tell yourself
Ok I’m gonna find a job and that’s it.
You need to work with the money you earn every month, the money you have and the money you’ll need to get in a good financial position, so that if something bad happens – and, unfortunately, it will happen soon or after – you won’t find completely unprepared. Also, investing can be profitable for a good retirement.
You need to invest 15% circa of your monthly income. If it looks like too much for you right now, you can start with as little as 5% and slowly increase it.
These are the best resources to learn how to invest – even if you’re just a beginner:
The financial diet – this is my favorite blog (and youtube channel) about finance, particularly recommended if you are a college student!
Money: Master the game by Tony Robbins – this man is a genius! That’s it!
Unshakable by Tony Robbins (again)
These two last books alone helped me start investing right away when I knew little to nothing about money or investing. Nothing too complicated, I promise!
To be honest, I’m such a mess with investing terms, so I always pick the easiest stuff for myself.
Also, don’t forget that investing can be applied to every single area in your life. For example, you can invest in high-quality clothes instead of buying the same old crap. Even if you don’t know, you are an investor. You invest in yourself every day, but sometimes you just need to learn how to do it in a more efficient way.
BUT NEVER INVEST IF YOU STILL HAVE DEBTS!
3. HAVING A GOOD SKIN CARE
If you’re in your twenties, you’re probably skipping on your skin care. And I can see why. Your skin looks fine – even without trying – and you basically start thinking that it’s gonna last forever. Well, you’re soon gonna realize that it’s not.
You need to start taking care of your skin as soon as possible, and there’s no better way to start than by creating a good skin routine. Now, there’s not a perfect skin routine for everybody, because everybody’s skin is different but there are great products.
And one really good you can start with – and that I really could never EVER get rid of – is Aloe vera (better if raw). I even have my own plant!
Related post: My everyday skincare routine.
4. PRACTISE MINDFULNESS EVERYDAY
I’m not much a spiritual type, but I believe that our body and soul are strictly connected and that if we skip on one, the other will feel consequently bad.
Now, if like I did, you know nothing about meditation or mindfulness, this is where and when you can start.
If you’re reading this blog from a while, you probably know that I like to keep it simple with recommendations – I don’t give many, but if I do it’s usually that one great thing that changed my life.
And this is definitely one of those cases.
In other words, if my house would go on fire this is the only book I would save
It includes a guided meditation and if you think that just “sitting there and doing nothing” really doesn’t fit your style, then you can start with this!
Actually, as opposed to what the title says, you could be able – with this book – to change your life in only 5 minutes. Not kidding. Look at some reviews, read the inspiring stories of who read the book, and it won’t be hard for you to believe me.
5. BUILD YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
There are many different ways you can use Internet to work – this blog is a proof! – and I’m not talking only about financial independence. Maybe you’re looking for a boss, and Internet can make you appear professional, and elevate your chances of being hired.
Here are a few ideas: you can build a website, create a strong Linkedin profile, increase your overall online presence and …finally, delete all of those embarrassing “I was wasted” pictures possible employers could find online.
6. LEARN TO STRIKE A GOOD WORK/LIFE BALANCE
As the Co-founder of Twitter and Medium, Evan Williams says:
Take care of yourself. When you don’t sleep, eat crap, don’t exercise, and are living off adrenaline for too long, your performance suffers. Your decisions suffer. Your company suffers.
I don’t think I could even say it better than he did – even though I wish I could – so, take note.
Habits are not one size fits all. Actually, they’re many and they have many variations. Just try, try, try and find which one fits you best! And remember to keep your focus on what you want and accordingly develop a good strategy through habits.
What are your everyday habits? Do they fit you or are you trying to change them?
Write some suggestions or other examples of habits in the comments, if you have more!