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20 Ways To Manage Your 20s

20 Ways To Manage Your 20s

Being in my early 20s myself, I’m aware of how challenging making responsible decisions whilst trying to fully experience the adventure of life can be. ‘Do I do my work or do I play on my PS3 for the next eight hours then go out?’ is a question I frequently ask myself. But luckily, Elite Daily writer Ashley Fern has 20 ways we can structure our time a little better. Finally!

The time spent in our twenties might just be the most influential in regard to our futures. But what do we know? We’re only in our twenties, right? Regardless, this is undoubtedly the time to establish a lifestyle that will carry into our later years. We need to use this time to kick the bad habits we’ve managed to accrue until this point and replace them with more beneficial ones.

It’s that time in your life when you need to start making adjustments and recognizing what works for you and what does not. Chances are you are dabbling in different jobs, so this is the perfect time to figure these things out. When you finally do reach your dream career, you will have all the characteristics and traits necessary to succeed in whatever industry you choose.

Managing your time in your 20s is a difficult task, as it really is at any age. There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but if you learn how to properly manage the hours you do have, the results may astonish you.

Let’s take a look at the 20 best ways to manage your time in your 20s:

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1. Block all social media during the work day, limit using it as much as possible

There’s no better way to procrastinate than by browsing social media. One minute you are stalking your ex and the next you’re on their college roommate’s sister’s best friend’s Facebook page. Social media sites know no limits and you can literally get sucked in for hours and not even realize it. So limit your usage of social media in general. Not only is it a huge time killer, but when you think about it, what do you ever really get out of it? Can you think of one great social media experience that you had that is considered unforgettable? Of course not, looking back on it, you realize how it is just one big blur. The time spent on social media is time you never get back.

2. Create a schedule/routine

By creating a schedule, you can better prepare yourself for the weeks ahead. It allows you to put all your commitments in front of you so that you may realize the time you can dedicate to each obligation. It also helps to prioritize, as you are picking and choosing what you have time for. When there is a routine in front of you, you are mentally committed to get things done rather than comprising your day with one-off actions that you just do when you feel like it. Substitute those arbitrary actions with an actual system and you will find yourself functioning better.

3. Don’t waste your weekends being hungover

Going out is great and a ton of fun, I’d be lying if I said otherwise. Try and pace yourself so that when you wake up in the morning, you don’t have an excessively pounding headache. Nothing prevents productivity quite like a hangover does. Your weekends are when you typically have your most free time, so try and capitalize on it instead of coddling your head while in the fetal position.

4. Don’t over promise and under deliver

It’s far too easy to say yes to an idea that sounds great in theory. It’s a whole different ball game, however, if you are just agreeing to agree without any intention of following through. The person you are committing to believes that you are going to follow through on your promise, so try not to be selfish and waste another person’s time. Commit to plans you only intend on keeping and save yourself the stress. Don’t commit to things that you truly don’t feel like being a part of; make sure you’re not just doing these things because of politics.

5. Reserve time for yourself

Preserve your mental health by recognizing when it’s time to take a break and separate yourself from the anxieties life brings. Get your Netflix on, go to the beach or take some naps. It’s beyond beneficial to spend some time alone and reflect on the choices and decisions you have been making as of late. Decide if that’s the person you want to be or if changes need to be made.

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6. Prioritize your sh*t

Don’t waste time on things that are of little importance to you. Compare the items on your to-do list and start checking things off in order of their relevance. If something is more time sensitive than something else, then it is best to work on that task first. Re-upping your birth control might be more important than that “Pretty Little Liars” marathon you were planning. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Priorities are everything and until you recognize which ones are most important in your life then you will be wasting your time.

7. Set daily goals/tasks

When you wake up in the morning, whether or not you feel like P.Diddy, it’s extremely productive to know what you want to set out and accomplish that day. This will help to prepare your schedule and allow you to make adjustments in real time. The more you consistently conquer, the better it will feel when you set new and tougher goals for yourself.

8. Make deadlines

By creating deadlines for yourself, you can hope to avoid the trap of procrastination. By making yourself aware of when tasks need to be completed, you can make a schedule that coincides with your daily tasks in order to complete it on time and to the best of your ability.

9. Don’t go out every night

While going out is a great way to relieve stress, going out seven days a week isn’t good for your health, no matter how old you are (or no matter how cool it looks on your Instagram). Your sleep cycle will become disrupted and let me tell you firsthand, no one wants to hear your raspy voice that drinking brings on.

10. Get good rest

Sleep is one of the most important things you need in order to maintain good mental health. You need at least 7 hours to function throughout the day. Nothing is harder than trying to concentrate when you got fewer than 5 hours of sleep the night before. It’s not healthy to substitute 3-5 cups of coffee you are most likely downing to make up for the lack of sleep.

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11. Get a planner

Whether this is a physical notebook or an application for your phone, writing things down helps to get them done. By creating a visual of the tasks you need to complete, you can plan out a constructive schedule. It also helps you to remember to do things if you write them down.

12. Don’t procrastinate

Procrastination leads to rushing and rushing leads to mistakes. Give yourself ample time to complete a task so that it is done to the best of its ability. When you wait until the last minute, you have to cut corners as you don’t have time to work in a meticulous fashion. Save yourself the stress and anxiety of rushing and plan out your projects.

13. Delegate / outsource

To make the most of working in an office, try and delegate responsibility to the appropriate parties. Do not make the mistake of taking on everyone’s responsibility when the work can be appropriately divided. This saves everyone time and allows work to be completed in the most efficient manner possible.

14. Focus on one thing at a time before moving on

When you try to accomplish more than one task at a time, you detract from your focus and distract yourself. By having your attention needed in more than one place, you may end up making careless mistakes. Try and fully immerse yourself in one task before moving on to the next.

15. Learn to say no

Stop saying yes to every single opportunity! All you are going to do is stress yourself over the anxiety of a multitude of plans. Learn when to say no, it’s okay to have other (more pressing) obligations, people won’t hold it against you.

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16. Don’t commit to more than one TV show

Netflix addiction is actually a problem. I mean they just have every single season of essentially every great show ever made available at the tips of your fingers. There’s no more waiting weeks at a time to find out if your favorite character died or got dumped. Try not to have more than one show going for you at a time because hours can pass without you even realizing it.

17. Work out

Exercising helps to keep your mind at ease while keeping you focused. It reinforces the importance of establishing a routine, something that can be applied to multiple aspects of a person’s life. You want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so try your hardest to get some sort of physical activity involved during the week. It also doesn’t hurt to look good.

18. Get up early

If you don’t think you can get to everything you need to during the day, you may need to wake up earlier. At first this will be difficult, but with anything in life, there is an adjustment period. By waking up earlier, you can get to more tasks. This may mean reducing the amount of partying you do, but in the long run, it’ll be worth it.

19. Don’t date a high maintenance person

The worst situation you could ever get yourself in is to date someone who is basically out of his or her mind. Dating a high maintenance person can be emotionally taxing and draining and basically leave you without energy for anything else. You will constantly find yourself distracted and unable to focus on anything besides the problems in your relationship. Do yourself a favor and lose the baggage.

20. No unnecessary drama

Do not waste your time dealing with people who only bring negativity into your life. You need to surround yourself with people who are constantly pushing themselves for the better. If you consistently surrounding yourself with negative people, it will hinder your progression in life. Why choose to spend time with people that are holding you back when you can surround yourself with people who can elevate you? Think back to all the drama you have dealt with in your life and think about if it really has any affect on your life now. The answer to that question is usually no and the time put into that drama is just not worth it.

Written by Ashley Fern.
Hailing from the Happiest Valley in State College, Pennsylvania. When she’s not busy chilling, living life, and drinking Corona’s she is backhanding people in the face with her brutally honest articles. Don’t let the cute smile and white teeth fool you as Ashley has a slick tongue that can bring any alpha male crawling back to his mom. Beware this chick kicks ass….Consider yourself warned.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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