When you were in your early twenties, life was simple.
You had fun with your friends, you tried to get a date every weekend, you played video games, you relied on your parents for everything, and you pretty much just skipped through life. Good for you.
In your late twenties and early thirties, however, everything changes. And changes quickly.
Life gets difficult fast and can be extremely overwhelming. But there are things you can do right away to set you up for the future.
It’s time to take your life and your relationship to the next level! Here are some great tips that will help:
Make a plan
Improving your life seems like it’s impossible for some people. But it’s imperative to know that it really isn’t.
It isn’t even that hard if you write it down and start working on a plan.
Start by making a to-do list of actionable items that you can do today that will at least help you out in the future.
Even small items are important. Maybe you want to change your life but your room or car is a mess and that’s causing you stress.
Your first item on your to-do list should be to clean up and then you’ll feel much more productive and relieved afterward!
So get going!
Start going to therapy
One-fifth of Millennials (21%) and 16% of Gen X are currently engaged in therapy.
Therapy can truly transform your life and get you to think about things in a much more open, healthy, and positive way.
Nothing is going to change overnight, but you are going to start feeling much more relieved and energized throughout your day.
Additionally, a life coach can drastically improve virtually every aspect of your life — perhaps even more so than a professional therapist.
Roughly 67% of life coaching clients improved their work-life balance.
Start a budget
Again, in your twenties you probably had no money so you didn’t need a budget. Now, even if you don’t make too much money and you’re struggling financially, you need to create a budget.
You don’t have to develop a scary and overcomplicated spreadsheet — there are plenty of apps and software programs out there that will do all those complicated calculations for you.
Budgeting will help you get a much better idea of how much money you’re making, where you’re money is going, and what you can do to start saving for your future.
Listen and read more
There are so many great podcasts and books out there and it’s a waste to not take advantage of these things.
Watching TV every once in a while is important but far too many Americans do it too much.
Whenever they have free time, they’ll shut their brains off and watch TV.
That’s not good. Instead, focus on learning something productive.
You can read books about personal finance or listen to podcasts about history.
Whatever you’re interested in — there is something out there for you!
Whatever you do this year, make it a goal to listen to more podcasts and read more books — you won’t regret it!
Get rid of negative people
This one, honestly, might be the trickiest thing to do on this list. It might not be that easy to identify negative people in your life — but they are out there.
Unfortunately, many times it’s your best friends who are the ones bringing you down.
You don’t have to tell your best friends from high school that you never want to see them again. That’s unrealistic and will actually cause more stress than do good. But you might want to at least limit your time with them or talk to them about being more supportive or productive.
Having a few beers with your closest friends is great every once in a while. But if these people are doing that 100% of their time and only spewing hate and negatively during, you might need to reevaluate your time and who you’re spending that time with.
Focus more on your relationship
Relationships are crucial to your happiness. About 40 to 50% of married couples in the United States divorce.
If you’re married and you don’t want this to happen, you need to take the time to really work on your marriage.
It all starts with communication. Talk with your partner about your anxieties, your marital problems, your fears, and your goals.
Don’t go into these conversations with animosity — instead, speak in a calm, mature, and positive manner.
This is actually the most important aspect of this list. Everything we talked about is going to take time but nothing will ever happen if you don’t start putting in the work right away.
Far too many people will get motivated and inspired but then say “I’ll do this tomorrow.”
But then tomorrow comes and they go right back to their bad habits. Enough!
It’s time to take your life to the next level right now — so get started today and you’ll be so far ahead in a year from now!