Ask anyone if they wish to go back to their 20s to avoid regrets later. Most of the answers will be a firm YES! Your 20s may seem like a perfect age. It is always when we get older, we start to look back, only to realize that we could have done things differently. How do you know if you’re taking full advantage of your 20s, making all the right decisions in your personal and professional lives? Well, you don’t. Life is about taking chances and doing your best. Being in your 20s is great. But as fun as these years are, they’re also pretty important for making sure the rest of your life goes smoothly. To all of you in your 20s, here’s a list of things you should do, or else you will regret in the later stage of your life.
1.Learn to manage and balance your time
20s is the age when you get out of school and enter the real world, where you would have to manage your work and family together, where you would have you boss over your head demanding the work. Basically this is a time where you would lay the foundation of your relationship, career, health and life as whole. Learn how to manage your time in a balanced fashion. Experiment with different strategies but master this art. Being responsible doesn’t mean you have to get very serious about everything, fun is part of the life but the crucial component at this stage is how you manage everything with ease. You should be serious about how you spend your time regardless of your age. But don’t be too hard on yourself!
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2. Travel the world
20s is the best time, you are mature enough to go on your own and immature enough to learn from others. In our 20s, the majority of us are largely commitment-free, but the older we get the harder it becomes to just drop everything, pack a bag and jet off to the other side of the world. Traveling becomes harder the older you get, especially when you have a family and kids. Start to travel and explore the world in your 20s, even with limited budget. That’s when you have the freedom and have no commitments.
3. Save money
It may not be what you want to hear, but older folks say not to blow all your savings before you hit 30. You need to save. Yes, saving is tough. But it’s only going to get harder as you get older. Nobody thinks 50 years into the future, but if you don’t save you’re going to end up short on money when it’s time to retire. If you can put away some pennies, even just a little bit, your later self will likely thank you big time. You don’t have to invest a lot but start as early as you can.
4. Learn to communicate
Most users agree that communication skills will improve pretty much every area of your life, and failing to develop them now will set you back years down the road. Sure, there’s the obvious benefits of a high GPA, but the person who can get up in front of a room full of people and articulate themselves eloquently and effectively has an undeniable value to almost any company. Sure, your twenties are for enjoying, and you don’t want to get too bogged down with the future. But you’ll thank yourself later in life.
5. Set goals
Not everyone in their 20s know what they want to do with their lives, but don’t let that paralyze you from trying to figure it out. It is recommended to envision what your ideal life will look like in five, 10, and 20 years, then working backwards and figuring out what it takes to get there. Write down your goals, which forces you to nail down what’s really in your mind and gives you a tangible record that you can refer to over time. People who plan have better outcomes than people who don’t. Of course everything in your life won’t go as planned, but if you have a plan you’ll be headed in the right direction.
6. Do not waste time on negativity
Putting your needs first will make you happier, improve your relationships and your motivation to work and study. Make time for yourself and follow your passions. Focus on “the brighter side of life” and appreciate what you have. Happiness is a choice and a skill you can practice. Avoid negative people and learn to “flip away” every negative thought that comes into your mind. If you can’t control certain situations, just let them go.
7. Do Crazy Stuff
Remember that you only live once. Be adventurous and try new things in your 20s because as you grow older you will no longer have the guts for exploration anymore. You remember your experiences, not your things. Treat the world as your playground; have fun exploring it. Be active as a student, enjoy the learning process, and go out a lot, too. Fully explore all the activities you should when you are young. Many older people wish they had traveled more before having kids, run marathons before their knees started aching, biked more, or join a soccer team. Don’t become such older people and avoid regrets.
8. Figure out what lifestyle suits you
It’s okay if what all your friends are doing or what your family expects doesn’t work for you. Life is not one-size-fits-all. Choose the career and lifestyle that are true to you, not a version of you that you wish you were. We’re taught to assume we’re all suited for 9 to 5 office jobs and suburban houses with kids, but there are a hell of a lot more options out there. Don’e feel miserable about what you do but do it passion so you can avoid regrets later in life.
9. Do not be afraid to express your emotions
You are the one who matters the most. Do not feel obliged to hang with your emotions intact. Let it out what you have held in your heart for too long, it will not only damage your mind but your inner peace too. If you have failed in a relationship, do not keep the sadness inside you. Sometimes it’s hard to see when a relationship is past its best-before date from the inside, and of course breaking up is never easy, but you don’t want to look back and wish you’d focused on yourself more. So always let all out. It is best for you.
10. Enjoy being young (Avoid regrets)
Yes, you should invest in your future—but don’t worry about it. Don’t act more grown up than you are – you risk missing out on the best years of your life! You’re probably eager to start a career and family; however, take some time to really enjoy the experience of being in your 20s. Live every moment of your life to fullest and give every moment its designated time, you will avoid regrets for future.
11. Never think 20 is old
How will your future 40 or 50 self feel if you tell yourself that you’re “getting old” when you’re still in your twenties? Of course, we age a little every minute of our life, but don’t obsess about it. Take a chance, live, and enjoy life like the “young” you are and never lose your childlike spirit!
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