As we grow older and maturity sets in, our priorities for life changes. Our dreams and aspirations evolve too and definitely, some habits needs to give way also to ensure personal and career development.
Here are the five things you need to stop doing by age 30.
- Avoiding Doctors
When you’re 23, you still boast a high metabolism and strong immune system, so you can’t possibly get sick, perhaps? This is a lie every young person believes throughout their 20s just to avoid medical bills. Whether you get into a car accident or you need to treat certain communicable diseases, you need a doctor. If you’re a lucky to still be your parents’ plan, utilize the opportunity well.
- Keeping All Funds in One Account
When you first start out as an adult, banking is something you do when you absolutely need to: paying bills, making transfers, informing the bank you lost your debit card at a bar again. Direct deposit dumps your check into the checking account, and so it stays there — until you drain it dry three days before payday. You need to start thinking of other banking options. Tweak that direct deposit to send 10% of your checks to you savings account, and don’t touch it. This can work as your emergency fund or a nest egg for later.
- Getting Sucked Into Your Phone
This is hard for Millennials. On one hand, we want to use our phones a lot because all our stuff is there! On the other hand, it causes a big social rift between us and elder generations who are still mostly in charge of hiring us for jobs. This means you must have an “offline mode” switch: Know when you’re in the clear to play Neko Atsume on your iPhone, and know when it’s time to silence the phone and keep it stowed away (not on the table face-up). It’s not only to appease our parents; it’s also to help us be more human by staying present to others in real time and charming to be around.
- Putting Off Your Education
Around 40% of college enrollees (both community and university) end up dropping out before earning a degree, and that’s only of those who actually apply and enroll to a college. Think about that if you are struggling to scrape together enough to live on your own comfortably — the bottom rung is too crowded. College is still indisputably the key to success, especially for certain types of careers. If you’re still putting off that degree to jump start your career, now is the time. Make your 30s an age of well-earned prosperity.