10 Things You Need To Stop Doing After You Clock 20 Years Old

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  • 1. Avoiding the gym (
  • 2. Stop being lazy (
  • 3. Learn to live alone (
  • 4. Stop Blaming others for your mistakes (
  • 5. Eating fast food on the regular (
  • 6. Stop being narcissistic (
  • 7. Become financially savvy (
  • 8. Stop treating errands as burdens (
  • 9. Stop putting things off (
  • 10. Stop going in and out of relationships (
At some point in time, we all have to realize that we are no longer children and have to begin making adult decisions. When exiting our teen years and entering our twenties, some things become more important than others in our transition into the not-so-easy real world environment. College; however, provides the ability to dip your toe into adult responsibilities without having to dive in headfirst without any sort of safety precautions. I have compiled a list of things that should, theoretically, end as you ring in two decades of life, and welcome in all things adult.

  1. Avoiding the gym (

The gym is a rough one to stick to, especially when you have a lot going on and always seem to be tired. Recently I have been trying to go to the gym at least once or twice a week early in the mornings and found that, yes the first few times were hell on my severely untrained muscles, but I have more energy throughout the day when I make the effort to go in the mornings and am more awake for my 9:30 classes. Even if the gym itself is not your thing, the flood of ridiculously well built frat boys is intimidating, I’ll admit, try to do some at home exercises when you get up every morning or go running!

  1. being lazy (

If you really want to stop being lazy and start being more productive, remove the things from your life that are keeping you lazy. Our generation is unique. We have a wealth of technology and endless distractions at our fingertips, but we’re lazier than ever with gifts that should be making us happy, not inactive. It’s time to prioritize.

  1. Learn to live alone (

At some point of time in your life, try living alone. Between living with family, friends and getting married, you need to take that time to live by yourself. Not only will you become more self-reliant, but you’ll also get to know more about yourself than you ever did before.

  1. Stop Blaming others for your mistakes (

Stop placing all the blame on other people for how they interact with you. To an extent, people treat you the way you want to be treated. A lot of social behavior is cause and effect. Take responsibility for (accept) the fact that you are the only constant variable in your equation.

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  1. Eating fast food on the regular (

It’s a lot easier to just go through a drive through than it is to go home and make a full meal, and Chick-Fil-A is quite literally God’s gift to Earth, but you can’t be eating it everyday, for the sake of your health. It’s more than okay to treat yourself here and there and sometimes we only have time to go to the drive through and grab a quick bite, but use discretion. (Side note: I refuse to acknowledge Chipotle as being fast food, so don’t tell me I can’t eat it on the daily).

  1. Stop being narcissistic (

Get over yourself. Let people get to know the real you, not a fake image you’ve put up for yourself through selfies and clever Tweets.

  1. Become financially savvy (

Blowing your salary on that fabulous sale or on a single night of partying might have been fine earlier, but what happens when you’re in a sticky situation and you don’t have enough funds? Bottom line: it’s time to start saving. And if you need some guidance to help you navigate the murky world of financial investments, why not consult a CA?

  1. Stop treating errands as burdens (

Instead, use them as time to focus on doing one thing, and doing it right. Errands and chores are essentially rote tasks that allow you time to think. They function to get you away from your phone, the internet, and other distractions. Focus and attention span are difficult things to maintain when you’re focused and attentive on X amount of things at any given moment.

  1. Stop putting things off (

Don’t let the prime of your life slip you by. Start taking advantage of the adventures life won’t give you a second chance on before settling down. Go for the dream job. Move somewhere you’ve never heard of. It won’t be long before you lose your chance.

  1. Stop going in and out of relationships (

Perhaps you never got over the fact that your parents never supported your career choice. Or maybe you and your partner can’t pass a single day without fighting. Whatever the problem is, you might want to take a step towards resolving those issues because, let’s face it — these are the most important people in your life and you don’t want to spend each day being a miserable mess, do you?

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Paul Ugwu

Paul Ejike Ugwu AKA Paul White is a computer science student at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). I love living in the moment, webdesign and programming are my passion. I can spend a whole day looking for good information online and sharing my view on various topics. You can connect with me using any of my social network handle bellow.

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