I think it’s safe to say that none of us have the case of Ben Button. Since we know that we aren’t getting any younger, we need to work at making our youthful days last a lifetime. Here is a great list that I found on tips for the 20s. Check them out and feel free to comment if you have anything to add to the list or to tell us how stellar these tips are.
If you form a solid mainstay of people, you are exposed to more opportunities and potential for success in both your career and in your personal life. Build bridges, because you never know when you might be looking to cross them.
2. Read. A lot.
There is nothing more productive than taking the time to read. Read whatever you can get your hands on—current news, nonfiction, fiction, career advice, self-help books—anything! The more you know and understand about people around you, yourself and the world, the more easily and successfully you can navigate those very things.
3. Take care of your body.
No matter what you do in your life, you will do it in your body. You can’t replace it, get a new one, or trade it in. So eat healthy, exercise often, and construct a daily routine to cleanse your skin and MOISTURIZE! General health care is something that later in life, you will be glad you considered in your 20s.
4. Pay attention to your mental health and well-being.
While your physical health is extremely important, investing time into stimulating and challenging your mind daily is equally important. The mind, like anything else, has the characteristics of a muscle. You use it, or lose it. And as long as you are using it, it will remain fit and healthy. The minutes you stop using it, it will decay and rust.
5. Learn new skills (and master them).
While the advice to “follow your passion” is as good as gold, learn to master and control a set of skills that can be used to benefit you within the field you are passionate about.
6. Create and maintain good habits.
The hardest part of creating good habits is getting started, but once you’re able to master them, they’ll have an undeniably positive impact on your day-to-day as well as your future.
7. Establish a system for handling finances.
Sit down and figure out how you are spending money, what you are spending it on, and what your ongoing expenses are. Avoid overuse of credit cards, and choosing not to save or put money aside for a rainy day. Financial freedom will be a huge asset in the future.
In your 20s, you’re full of enthusiasm and energy and usually have the mobility to indulge a bit of wanderlust. So indulge it. Experience new cultures, countries, and challenges. You will learn things that you can take with you and apply to your life back at home.
9. Communicate with loved ones.
Make an effort to remember birthdays, holidays, and important events. Your family and close friends can act as your support system when you need it, but you should put the time in and return the favor. Small gestures that show you’re thinking about the people who love you go a long way, so take the extra five minutes to write a nice card and stick it in the mail, or schedule that quick Skype call—you won’t regret it.
10. Examine what you really want in life.
It’s easy to get caught up in the everything going on throughout your 20s, and people often forget to actually take a moment to contemplate what it is they really want. Spend time alone because it is the only true way to get to know yourself. Be curious and question everything. Make the time to figure out what you love, and who you want to be then begin to map out your plan.
The original version is posted on POPSUGAR.