Last Updated on July 7, 2020 by Camilla Gill
Your twenties should be filled with adventure, romance, and travel. A time to explore your passions and not take life too seriously. No one expects you to have life figured out in your twenties and you should take full advantage of that.
The shift to becoming a full-blown adult instead of a reckless millennial with a penchant for avocado on toast happens slowly. The closer you get to the big 30, the more like an adult you’re expected to feel. But, how do you even know what adult-life is meant to look like?
Although, everyone’s path in life is unique there are several important goals that everyone should strive to reach before they hit 30. Some of these goals will be straightforward and easy, while others will force you to look inside and take a hard look at yourself (and your spending habits).
20 Goals To Reach In Your Twenties
Learn To Say No
Far too many women are taught early on to please others, which means we grow up saying yes to absolutely everything: commitments, jobs, dates are all things we can learn to say no to. You’re not offending someone by putting your own needs first. Learn to prioritize yourself before helping others. Learning to say no is a priority goal to achieve in your twenties.
Get To Know Yourself
How will you ever figure out what you want out of your life if you don’t spend some time getting to know you? It’s important to find out what your values are, what your passions and desires so you can figure out how to build a life that incorporates those aspects.
Find A Career You Love
Once you’ve figured out what your passions and interests are, it’s a lot easier to find a career that aligns with those goals. Your twenties are a time for career exploration; try everything and anything that piques your interest and see where the path leads you.
Read A Book A Month – Audible
Knowledge is power and the fastest, easiest way to expand your mind is through reading. Getting into the habit of reading is a great goal to set in your twenties. Try and read a book a month and see how your life changes by the end of the year! Busy millennials can struggle with buying books, carrying books on their commute so why not think about investing in a Kindle.
If you find you don’t have time to read then Audible is a great solution, listen to audiobooks during your commute or while you work out. I like to listen to a book to help me fall asleep 🙂
Amazon is currently giving a free month trial of Audible audiobook membership, so you can try it out for free. If you don’t end up listening to any audiobooks, or you don’t like it, then you can cancel before the month ends and you don’t have to spend anything.
Stick To A Budget
If you’re feeling stressed about money then creating a budget is the best way to get a handle on your finances, and start saving for the future.
Learning how to budget will help you make wise financial decisions and help you not miss any student loan or credit card repayments.
A great and convenient way to budget is to do it all online using a company like Personal Capital.
Or, if personal finance brings you out in a sweat, then maybe look into taking an affordable online course on Udemy to teach you how to budget and make the most out of your income.
Learn How To Budget – Personal budgeting made easy also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so there’s no risk!
Apply For A Credit Card
Building your credit score should not be overlooked. Having a solid credit score can save you tens of thousands of dollars over your lifetime.
You can check out your credit score for free using an app like Credit Sesame! If you’re feeling overwhelmed over which credit card is best for someone in their twenties, then check out this list of the best credit cards for millennials.
Develop Your Self-Esteem
Having strong self-esteem will have a huge positive impact on your life is so many areas, from your relationships to your career. Working on yourself and improving your self-confidence is a key goal to set and achieve in your twenties. Check out the cult classic, The Girl Code, for the ultimate guide on how to grow your self-confidence.
Start A Side Hustle
Your twenties is the perfect time to work on making your dreams come true and to try new business ventures to supplement your income and work towards achieving financial independence.
I started this blog to make some extra money on the side and now it’s my main source of income! But it doesn’t have to be a blog, you could start an eCommerce store, train as a part-time Yoga teacher, flip products on eBay. The list is endless!
Find An Exercise Or Sport You Enjoy
You only have one body and the sooner you realize that and give it the exercise and nutrition it needs the better. That’s why one of the most important goals you should set in your twenties is to find a way to incorporate regular exercise into your life.
The best way to do this is to find a sport or fitness activity that you enjoy! But whenever my motivation is feeling low to workout, these cute yoga pants and a pretty shirt make feel good and push me to get out the door!
Write Down Your Goals
As you make your way through your twenties, you might experience periods of feeling lost (commonly known as the quarter-life crisis.) That’s why it’s a good idea to write down your ultimate list of life goals that you can refer back to whenever you feel yourself going slightly off track.
Keep a record of your progress as well so you can see how far you’ve already come in the game of life! Why not treat yourself to a cute passion planner to help you stay on track?
Work On Your Weekends
In your twenties, you’re likely to have fewer commitments and family responsibilities leaving you with more free time. It’s important to make the most of this free time in your twenties, which means it’s time to get hustling on that side project on your Saturday afternoon. No one is going to make your dreams come true for you…
Continuing your education as you grow is a great way to develop your skill set, making you more attractive to potential employers or to help you build the knowledge necessary to launch your own business. There’s a multitude of free or affordable online classrooms out there like Udemy, tutorials on YouTube making education accessible to everyone.
And the best part is, you can fit it around a busy schedule, learning on your own time when you can.
If Covid-19 taught us anything, it’s to not take the gift of travel for granted. Your twenties is the perfect time to explore the world and tick off dream destinations from your bucket list.
The last decade has seen the rise of the digital nomad, individuals who work remotely while traveling the world. Living life on their terms and achieving financial independence while they do it. Maybe becoming a digital nomad could be for you?
Stop Comparing Yourself
The sooner you quit the comparison trap game, the sooner you can start enjoying your twenties. This might be the most valuable goal to reach before 30.
Everyone is unique and no two lives are the same, which means it makes zero sense to compare your salary to someone elses, or someone’s new clothes to your old clothes. It doesn’t mean anything. Your real value comes from within.
Master The Art Of Cooking
By the time you reach your thirties, you best know how to rustle a couple of signature dishes to impress any potential love interests. And not even for romantic partners, cooking homemade food nourishes your body and your soul, providing a sense of homeliness even in your cold first apartment.
Take some time in your twenties to learn how to cook the basics and a few fancy dishes as well to impress. If you don’t know anyone around that can teach how to cook, take an online course or check out some YouTube videos.
Establish a 401K or retirement fund
Millennials are a generation screwed over by the baby boomers, we will have to be working until out your seventies unless you educate yourself and learn how to invest correctly to grow a tidy retirement fund.
If investing sounds terrifying, then it might be time to take a short online course to learn more and educate yourself properly.
Telling you to make mistakes might seem like a weird goal to set in your twenties, but if there’s a time to make mistakes in your life, then your twenties is when.
You need to learn that it’s OK to fail and mess up sometimes, everybody does it. And as we all know, the only way you will ever achieve success in life is if you dare to take risks. But, taking risks means that you need to become comfortable with the concept of failing every now and again.
Spend your twenties learning this vital skill and you’ll be set up for life.
Establish Your True Friends
As you leave college and enter the world of the work, you’ll sadly learn that it’s harder to make friends as an adult. That’s why it’s important to learn who your true friends are and spend time investing in these relationships. True friends are hard to come by, so hold on to them.
Build A Personal Brand
The internet and social media aren’t going anywhere, so it’s time to stop fighting and embrace the digital age. Your twenties are a perfect time to establish a personal brand that you can then leverage to use in a professional setting.
For example, If you would like to be a writer, then you need to have a blog to show clients. Or if you have dreams of being a graphic designer, then you should be working on an Instagram to show your work that people can discover you through.
Learn From Others
When it comes to getting ahead in your career, then all you need to do is find experts in your field and study them intently.
If you want to become an entrepreneur, then you need to find and read all the books you can about successful entrepreneurs who have done it already. What lessons can you take from them and how can you implement them in your own life?
A great book to get started with is Shoedog, a fascinating memoir by Nike founder, Phil Knight. If reading’s not your thing, then click here to get a FREE month’s Audible book membership and download the audiobook!
The secret to a happy, fulfilled life is taking the focus off you. Stop trying to make yourself happy, instead try and help others and you’ll see the side-effect of this is that you feel happy!
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