Have you ever wondered which age is the crucial one? If not, ask your parents and most probably you will get this answer “when a person is about to reach adulthood”, in other words, the age that revolves around 20s.
“These are the worst mistakes that people make in their 20s”
Now you must be wondering why that is. The answer is quite simple and yet at the same time, a confusing one too. The 20s age is crucial because whatever decisions you’ll make or actions that you will take, will either benefit you or betray you for the rest of your life. For example if Mark Zuckerberg hadn’t spent his 20s developing the famous social network ‘Facebook’, he wouldn’t have become a billionaire before reaching 30. So from this we can derive that this age of adulthood is very significant. If you haven’t utilized this age effectively, you will sooner or later regret the actions you didn’t take. So what are the worst mistakes that a person can make in 20s that will somehow become obstacles in future? Following is the list of mistakes and what can be done to avoid them.
1. Not being clear about the goals:
Almost everyone have dreams and goals at the back of their mind. But if prompt further to be more specific about it, most of them are unable to answer it. This state of being unable to answer indicates that person is still confused and uncertain about what he/she wants to accomplish. To rectify this mistake, a person should first discover what his passions are and question within himself/herself that what he/she really wants to do in life.
2. Mismanagement of time:
Time is one of the major valued resources. Yet the most wasted one as well. Modern technology has enabled a person to increase their communication by a simple touch. Because of this, youth these days waste their precious time in social networking. And when a person realizes that he/she has wasted a lot of time, they further waste the remaining time in overthinking and regretting their actions. In order to ensure that time is being spent effectively, buy a time planner and list down day to day tasks that you are planning to do. In this way, you will be able to stay on schedule.
3. Lack of outdoor activities:
This is again related to modern technologies. Advancement in smartphones have resulted people to play more video games in their leisure time rather than playing outdoor games. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against video games. This is dangerous as sitting more than eight hours can ruin your health and make you prone to heart diseases. Moreover, person will become lazier. So to avoid such health related problems, at least spent 20 minutes in exercising and workout.
4. Not making reading a habit:
A person can learn a lot simply by reading, even if it is for 20 minutes. For reading helps broaden the mind, thus making a person more creative than ever before. Apart from obtaining new information, a person will have the ability to brainstorm and have a new way of solving any problem. Elon Musk spent five hours a day reading. If you want to do something innovative, make time to read.
5. Not developing new skills:
The age of twenty is the best age to develop any skill, as the retaining power is strong and any new skill learned goes into the long-term memory. If a person learns any new skill, it will be beneficial as it helps to keep you focused and increases your concentration level. Furthermore, learning a skill can make a person more adjustable to any changes.
6. Focusing on other’s affairs, rather than your own:
One of the main causes behind the increasing rate of depression among the youth is, comparing your life with others. When a person compares their life with another person’s life, they find themselves in state of pittance and jealousy. Comparison is useless as it wastes time and it will not provide any useful information since everyone’s journey differs from the other. So, stop looking into other profiles on social media, ditch your electrical devices and start focusing on yourself.
7. Rushing things too quickly:
The age of adulthood is dynamic in a way that one feels a vibrant energy and have this urge to prove themselves as ‘worthy’. This is good as it acts as reinforcement and makes you efficient. However excessive need to prove yourself good can make one overlook the things. As a result when they are unable to achieve their desired goals, they become distressed. So one needs to calm down and reflect on their actions. Mediation is the best method to calm your mind as it makes you relax and be patient.
8. Making unrealistic goals, setting short time frame:
Setting goals is good, as it gives a person sense of direction. But one must not set such high goals that exceed their potential. As it can be overwhelming and can leave a person at the state of surrender. So if you want to attain big goals, start making smaller goals that match your skills to achieve them. In this way, after achieving your smaller goals, you will feel accomplished.
9. Not availing an opportunity:
This is the worst mistake that a person can make. If you don’t avail an opportunity that would otherwise have improved your life for good, then it’s a huge loss. As opportunities open a gateway for learning new experiences and provide a platform to enhance your skills. So if any opportunity comes, avail it as it doesn’t always comes knocking at your door.
The article has been written by Misha Anwar