They say experience is the best teacher, but if you can do something now to avoid making a mess in the future, so much the better. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Now is the best time to be the best version of yourself. Here are a few simple things that you can start doing in your 20s that can significantly impact the rest of your life in a good and positive way.
Always arrive earlier than expected
Being punctual says a lot about you as a professional. It conveys the message that you value other people’s time and that you want to accomplish as many things as possible within the given time. That’s why you don’t want to waste a minute of it being late.
A disorganized person often reflects a disorganized mind and, sometimes, even a disorganized life. Make sure that you keep your office space neat and tidy all day. Don’t leave it a mess so you don’t arrive to a mess. Do the same thing in your home.
Use social media responsibly
Don’t let your social media accounts be a cause of embarrassment. Avoid oversharing. Don’t fill everybody’s newsfeeds with your selfies. Screen what gets posted so that your drunken, half-naked photos don’t end up being seen by everybody, especially your colleagues or clients at work.
Wear clothes that will make people respect you and take you seriously. They should be age appropriate, comfortable, and classic, while also remaining true to your personal style. It’s never too early to start dressing for success.
Learn how to write professional-sounding and grammatically flawless emails and business letters, even text messages. Get rid of the cutesy and overly excited tone and start writing with wit, humor, and professionalism each time.
Get rid of toxic relationships
Stop being around people who don’t see your value or potential. Surround yourself with people who bring out your best traits—people who challenge and inspire you to do more and to do better.
Take calculated risks
Don’t be afraid to do something different or start something new. To accomplish great things, you have to step out of your comfort zone.
Never stop learning
Just because you’ve earned your college degree doesn’t mean you should stop learning new things. Go out and explore the world to gain new perspectives. Take up free online courses to enrich yourself. Read a lot about the industry you work in. Learn from the movers and shakers.
Save for the future
Once in a while, it’s nice to get away on a lush spa weekend at some exclusive mountain resort with your girlfriends or on a boating escapade off the coast of Mexico with your college buddies. There is nothing wrong with spending your hard-earned money to treat yourself to something nice, but remember that you should also start building your savings fund. And the sooner you do it, the better. You need to be financially independent to support yourself, in case you suffer some bad luck in the future.