Being in your twenties is hard enough, but it’s even more nerve wracking when you think about impending adulthood and have no idea what you’re going to do with your life. Your 20s are a time for you try to figure out where you see yourself in five or ten years from now. Should you start saving for retirement now? What career path should you choose? The list goes on and on.
Some people are blessed enough to enter their 20s with a solid general idea of what they want to do, while many others that are about to graduate don’t have a clue on how they’re going to survive in the “real world.” If you’re the second person, don’t sweat it too much. You’re not alone! You’re still young! You’re only in your twenties, right?
Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself for what’s to come. Whether you’re planning to start your own business, become a backpacker, or rent your own studio for your own graphic design company, here’s how to start finding your true self.
1. Write down your “likes” and “dislikes.”
It’s good to reflect what you do and don’t like to do. Do you enjoy art? Do you hate working in offices? Would you rather go for a hike or would you rather stay in all day and blog? Do you like to work with kids? Writing down interests and preferences will get those gears turning and make you concentrate on what is most important to you.
2. Lay out some goals.
What DO you want to accomplish? List a few things of what you want to get done: start with small tasks like graduating college, rooming with someone and getting a cheap apartment somewhere, or buying a used car. Then list your “bigger” goals. They could be taking a year off to travel the country, moving to another state, pursuing your dream job, getting married, raising a family, or staying solo until you’re done seeing the world. Jotting down your objectives is a good first step to visualize your goals and figure out a path for your future.
3. Start checking off that goal list!
Don’t just sit there and get nothing done! Try to start as soon as possible. Work hard and turn your goals into achievements. Whether it be done in two days, three months, or four years, get on it! And remember, those goals are not set in stone: they can be changed, edited, or deleted as your perspective on life and what you want evolves.
4. Talk to people and make new friends.
Talking to people will help you build connections that may come in handy one day. General communication is key for success and it’s a nice way to learn more about different cultures and lifestyles. You may be introduced to a new philosophy that entices your creative side, or receive help from someone who’s on the same page as you. It never hurts to start a small conversation with your new neighbor or co-worker: it could lead to greater things.
5. Have fun!
This is the time to hustle and get things done, but don’t stress yourself out too much. Make sure you have fun while living life! It’s rough transitioning into adulthood: it takes a lot of mental preparation and glasses of wine to really dig deep into what you define as happiness but having a some fun along the way will help. Don’t forget to be young and appreciate life–after all, #yolo.