This post is all about things to do in your 20s to make it the best time of your life!
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20s can be a funny age! The age when you get the sense of responsibility for the first time when moving to a new city, and enjoy your last phases of craziness while going on an impromptu trip.
It may be the “turning decade”, as most people call it, but you also don’t want to miss out on life while trying to achieve your goals.
Being in the 20s myself, I used to believe that if you want to be successful by the age of 30, you should drop everything and just work hard.
Until my coach said this to me last year, “Be as wild as you can, for as long as you can. Because there will come a time when you wouldn’t have the chance to do all these crazy things. So, enjoy these experiences while you can because they’re important too!”
That, I swear, changed everything for me! I realized that, while working hard is important, it does not preclude me from having fun.
Now, you know I’m all about productivity, so here’s everything you should do in your 20s to set yourself for an organized life, but I’m also a big believer in making crazy memories, so I’ve included some fun things to do in your 20s as well!
That’s literally my motto for the “Take Your Weekends Back” course too, to help you find a way to have fun while also moving forward towards your goals!
35 Things to do in your 20s
As someone who’s trying to live her best life in her 20s, here are some things to help you get your sh*t together, stay healthy and achieve your goals.
things to get your sh*t together
1. Save 30% for taxes and stuff
This is probably the most annoying part about adulting – handling your money. And by handling, I mean saving it, paying the bills, the taxes, budgeting, instead of spending all of it on your next trip.
Start with the small things – like saving 30% of taxes. So, you don’t have to worry about it at the yearend.
If you’re clueless about your money situation and getting started seems scary, read Money : A Love Story.
2. Learn to invest
Learning to invest in your 20s will take you places. Someone who starts investing at 24 (even with a small amt of money) will end up having more savings than someone who starts at 32.
I know it doesn’t come naturally to a lot of us. But take courses, read books. Here are some of the amazing money books you need to get into :
Also, just get started by having a high yield savings account, that’s it! Let your money make money while it sits in the bank 😉
3. Set specific goals, start dreaming BIG
The problem with most people not achieving their goals is that they actually don’t know what they’re aiming for!
Have a very clear goal in your life, so you don’t end up working mindlessly on things that don’t matter. If you’ve no idea where to start, here’s how to set realistic goals this year.
And don’t be afraid to dream big. In fact, if anything, NOW is the time for you to dream big and actually work on that.
4. Find a planning system that works for you
Have your ever had days when you were busy all the time but hardly got anything done?
Planning your days helps you avoid that and be more intentional with your time, and stay on top of things.
Find a planning system that works for you. There are so many planning systems on the internet.
I prefer weekly planning, because daily planning doesn’t work for me. And time block my days for the week.
If you want to learn the exact system that’ll help you get more done in 5 days than most people do in a month, grab the ‘Take Your Weekends Back’ course.
5. Do weekly, monthly check-ins
Check-ins can really help you get results faster. I’ve learned that I take twice as long to reach my goals when I’m not checking-in and analyzing my actions.
It’s the simple job of asking yourself ‘What went right & how to keep repeating it?’ and ‘What went wrong & how to avoid that in future?’
So that you have more awareness than most people do.
The simplest way is to start doing check-ins weekly and monthly. If you have the 2023 Kokumber Planner, just follow the exact prompts in there!
6. hire a coach
I think it can be really life changing in so many ways. Doesn’t matter what area of your life you want to focus on.
Trust me, I’ve made so many changes in my life just from my business coach’s advice.
I think it works because it sets aside a few hrs every week to think about your business, or life, and really see what needs improvement. And they just hold you accountable.
7. set boundaries
Learn to say no when needed! At work, with friends, or with family.
Contrary to what everyone believes, setting boundaries is very healthy and actually helps you improve your relationship.
I read this book, ‘Boundaries’ by Henry Cloud and it was life changing.
8. Set your priorities straight
‘If everything is important, then nothing is important.’
Setting priorities will help you so much, specially in your 20s. Because you always have so much to do, and not enough time.
You might wanna do it all, but that’ll only end up in exhaustion. So, use your priorities to help you make the right decisions.
9. Make THE list
There are so many random thoughts that pop in your head, throughout the day, some of which are actually pretty useful.
So, keep a running list of all of them.
Write everything down : tasks that come to your mind, a bucket list goal you want, a new business idea, haha. You never know when inspiration hits!
10. declutter regularly
And not just your physical space, your virtual space too.
I have a problem that I keep on using my phone’s storage until it gets full, and then I end up deleting everything. Not smart!
Make it a weekly (or monthly) routine to clean your mails, your phone storage, organizing your computer files, everything.
healthy things to do in your 20s
11. find a form of exercise you truly enjoy
Healthy is the new rich, you know! And it’s important to build a lifestyle that focuses on being healthy early on.
Now, there’s no one way to exercise and stay healthy. So, find a way that works for you. And don’t be afraid to switch things up when needed.
If you love going on walks, here are all the essentials.
hot girl walk essentials
12. finish 75 hard
If you’ve never heard of 75 hard, read this.
Precisely, it’s a 75 day mental and physical health challenge. And honestly, the best one by far!
And I really think everyone should try it at least once.
Because here’s the thing, doing something (anything) consistently takes a lot of effort. But the truth is that consistency is the only way you start getting results.
And that’s what these challenges help you learn.
Related Post : Don’t Make These Mistakes During 75 Hard
13. journaling for self
It’s one of the important things to do in your 20s. Because you have so many thoughts going around in your head and are consuming new information all the time.
And journaling helps you slow down and process your thoughts for once. Trust me, try 5-minute journaling for 21 days and you’d never want to go back!
Use journaling as a way to learn more about yourself, and connect with yourself. As cliché as that sounds, most people don’t know what’s going on in their head themselves.
14. Keep the mornings to yourself
Work on yourself before you go out and work for everyone else.
You’re always in the go-go-go mode throughout the day, but it’s so important to have some me-time in your days too. Mornings are the best time for that.
Create a simple morning routine – even if it just looks like sipping coffee while enjoying the sunrise, to get started. Use this time to improve your own life.
Related Post : The Best Morning Checklist For Adults For Stress Free Mornings
15. start creating a general routine
Humans love a sense of routine, no matter how cool you think being spontaneous is!
Now that you are out of college, it might to easy to just stop following a routine but you need it in your life to function properly.
Although, I agree that you should leave room for flexibility in your routines too.
Related Post : The Ultimate Daily Routine Checklist To Get Your Sh*t Together
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16. Take more responsibilities at workplace
You might shy away at work, because you’re a new 20-something hire and ‘what do you know about this world?’
But honestly, your inputs are more valuable than anyone’s because you’d bring a new perspective to pre existing problems.
So, try to learn as much as you can and don’t be afraid to present new ideas.
17. start a business
Or just start working on something that you’re extremely passionate about.
Honestly, with social media and everything, there’s never been a better time to showcase your talents.
And starting something from the ground up, on your own, will teach you so many life lessons that you otherwise would never have access to.
Don’t be afraid of failure or experimenting new things. What if it works out? Then, you’d be living your dream life!
18. Do the dumb thing
Being persistent is important in general, but so important in professional life.
Ask questions, ask for help, experiment with new things, try and fail 10 times but JUST don’t give up before you get what you want.
So many people stick to the exact same place for so long, because they’re too sacred. Don’t be that. You have your entire life ahead of you, and now’s no time to settle for less.
19. network, network, network
Networking can really take you places, in this professional world. You never know when you might need someone’s help.
But don’t just connect with people for that reason.
Try to make genuine connections, help others whenever you get a chance. Just having that kind of image in the industry goes a long way.
20. work to live, don’t live to work
It’s so easy to get engrossed in work in your 20s, because you have BIG goals and you want to accomplish them all today, I get it.
But trust me, if that’s how your 20s go, you’ll be sitting in your 40s regretting not doing enough crazy sh*t.
Create the work life balance you crave for.
21. find someone to look up to
I think it’s very important in life, but mainly at work, to have someone to look up to. Find a leader at your workspace who’s living the kind of life you want to in the future.
If you can’t find one, maybe look for them in your network or on the internet! Learn more about them. You learn so much by just observing people too.
Having someone to look up to will actually inspire you and give you a direction in life!
Also, look at your manager and ask yourself ‘Do you want to have that life in the next 5 yrs?’. And if the answers no, then you know something needs to change.
to develop soft skills
22. hold on to good people
This one’s coming straight from the heart!
When you’re young, you take a lot of friends for granted, because you think you’ve got your whole life ahead and you’ll meet tons of amazing people, so it’s no big deal.
But the truth is, it doesn’t happen often. You might meet a lot of people to party with, but you don’t always find that connection.
And I’m not saying that to scare you. It’s just a reminder to hold on to your people. Make an effort to call them, plan dates with your girlfriends and check up on them.
23. “2-2-2 rule” with your partner
Basically, it’s important to be more intentional with all your relationships in life.
2-2-2 rule involves going on a date night every two weeks, spending a weekend away every two months and taking a week-long vacation away every two years.
It’s so easy to get busy in this season of life that you forget about the people that truly matter. So, schedule time for them and SHOW up the way you’d show up at an interview perhaps.
24. live alone
There are so many things that you learn from living alone in your 20s. Of course, you get the freedom and independence you want. But along with it, come sh*t ton of responsibilities.
It helps you figure out what YOU want your everyday life to look like, become more confident in yourself, and show up as a reliable adult.
25. grow more spiritually
I don’t want it to sound too woo-woo, so I’ll keep it pretty understandable.
But having faith that someone bigger than you is looking out for you (whether you believe in god, or the universe, or guardian angels), will help you get through the tough times.
And spirituality doesn’t necessarily has to do anything with religion. If that’s a concept that you stand by, you should read ‘You are a Bada*s’ by Jen Sincero.
26. be a good listener
I’ve discovered that simply being a good listener can lead to better conversations.
The problem is most people listen to respond. But if you’re one of those people who actually listens to what someone is saying, people would be more comfortable talking to you, and would actually want to hear what you say.
27. do what you say you’re gonna do
If you have a meeting, show up on time. If you promised to help someone, do it.
But more important than that, show up for yourself. If you tell yourself you’re gonna start going to the gym from Monday, do it.
Develop more integrity with yourself. You don’t want to think of yourself as someone who never follows through. Doing what you say you’re going to do builds a powerful self image.
28. celebrate big moments
It’s your 20s, you’re probably going to hit some really big milestones this decade. Starting with graduating college!
So, take time to celebrate your achievements, instead of just moving from one big thing to working on the next.
Rewarding yourself is just a way to really pause and feel proud of yourself.
I have a friend who buys a new jewelry every time she hits a milestone. I think it’s such a cute way to signify all your accomplishments.
hobbies to pick up in your 20s
29. travel – with your friends, with partner, or alone
I know that not everyone has tons of money to spend on traveling, so I’m not gonna rave about how important it is to travel in your 20s, haha.
But I’m also sure that you’ll get enough opportunities to travel, because of work, or when your friends and family make plans. Don’t miss out on them!
You can also use traveling as your motivation to save more money.
30. play a sport
There are so many things that you learn about life in the field that you just can’t learn anywhere else. Not playing enough sports in school is literally one of my biggest regrets.
You learn how to be a team player, you learn about accepting defeat, how to handle your opponents, how to think on your feet, and so much more.
Along with obviously, taking care of your health.
So, start playing sports and be a part of a sports team, if you have the chance.
31. have a hobby
Pick up a hobby. It’s so important to have something outside of work, to look forward to work on.
Even if it’s just learning a new skill, like maybe learning to grow a garden, or pottery, or just cooking.
And don’t be afraid to try new things. To be bad at new things. You’re going to have a lot of “firsts” in your 20s, embrace it!
I think reading automatically becomes much more fun when you’re out of school, because now you don’t have a deadline or you don’t have to worry about finishing an assignment about it.
You can do it at your own pace and do it for fun! Reading can quickly become your favorite thing to do to relax.
Related Post : How To Start Reading Again And Actually Enjoy It
33. Make an Epic Life bucket list
You all have this big goals list of things you want to do- like buying a house. But you often forget about the most important thing, the experiences you want to have along the way.
And not just random things but really cool bucket list experiences (like going to your favorite artist’s concert, celebrating your birthday at Disneyland, or throwing a animal theme party when you buy your first house!)
So, make a bucket list with everything you’d want to do/have. I call this my epic life list!
Get very granular on everything. Let yourself visualize exactly how you want things. And work towards making it come true.
34. be impulsive
Cuz you can be! There are a lot more opportunities and lot less risk when you’re in your 20s.
So, don’t let go of things because of your fears. Whether that’s something as big as switching careers, or something as simple as an impromptu trip.
Of course, don’t put yourself in danger. But a lot of times, things are not as ‘life or death’ risky as we make it!
35. take pictures
Lots of them! Because you’re making so many memories. and don’t worry about them being ‘Insta-perfect’ lol.
It’s usually the most random moments that’ll make you feel nostalgic. I think that’s why film cameras are getting so popular.
Get yourself one of these and capture all the random fun moments of your 20s.
This post is all about things to do in your 20s so you have no regrets in your 30s.