Habits to Break Before You’re 30

Written by: Susan Hang

Adulting is the talk of the 20s…

But really, your 20s are a time of experimentation… It’s prime time to develop your sense of self, figure out what you really don’t like (and like), and having fun in the process! Real adulting starts when you edge into your 30s – and it’s scary to me that I’m only a few months away.

All our lives up to this point, the only thing hammered into our heads are all the habits we need to form, all the things we need to do by X, and all the goals that should be checked off. There’s not much to be said of all the things we shouldn’t be doing – and although most of that might seem like common sense, it always isn’t so conspicuous. Here are my top habits to break before 30:


I’m still entirely guilty of procrastinating, but some days I actually get it right. I’ve learned that the best way to tackle procrastination is by doing things you want to do the least first. Responsibility grows with age, and you’ll only be given more responsibility if you’re showing full capacity of taking care of the things that need to be done even when you won’t want to do them.

habits to breakSo, let’s deal with those inconvenient tasks first and let the rest of the day, week, and month sail.

Impulsive Spending

I understand that most of us were probably broke college students, so when you get that first job and start earning a bit of money in those early years, you’re going to want to spend. I’m guilty of frivolously spending on trendy clothes that went into the donation bin within a year and not really creating a strong budget. Looking back, it was a lot of money wasted! Saving is actually one of the best things you can do in your 20s because you don’t have the responsibility of a mortgage and possibly a car payment – the two biggest expenses in anyone’s life. The point is, break the habit of irresponsible spending and start saving as early as you can because it only gets harder down the road.

Idolizing Others

When I reflect back on how I spent my 20s, I found myself idolizing lots of people… What I’ve realized is, no one is you. Sure, we all need people to learn from and role models to look up to, but no one’s path to success is the same. You cannot follow someone else’s foot steps so quit watching everyone else’s world unfold and shift your focus to your own path. Harness your journey, embrace the mistakes, and move forward.

Not Trying

Excuses, excuses. Wishing doesn’t make things happen. Use whatever free time you have to do whatever you need to accomplish whatever you want. Stop making excuses… Get off the Internet. Quit sleeping. No more relaxing for just 5 more minutes. Get up, get out, and make things happen. You won’t feel the go-go-go momentum all the time, but the trick is to getting out off your bum and out of that furrow.

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different?


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