In light of Melissa’s review and giveaway of “Twentysomething Girl 1,001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier,” we decided to make our own list of tried and true tips for your twenties that we’ve culled together from our own life lessons.
1. Coffee or tea stains leaving gross brown rings on your mugs and you’re too broke for a dishwasher? Dip your wet finger in salt (fine, not rock) and rub it along the stains, et voila! Non-disgusting mugs!
2. Cheap rings can leave icky green stains on your fingers so put some clear nail polish on the inside. No more swamp hands!
3. Trying to negotiate salary for a job but have no idea what range you should give? Go to Salary.com and put in your desired title and location and they’ll show you a bell curve of what your professional peers make.
4. Network, network, network. It’s one of the most important things to a successful career, aside from working hard and kicking ass at your job. The world is a lot smaller than you think, and the more professional connections you have, the better.
5. Spend MONEY to look GOOD. We’re all trying to save money during our 20’s, but having several well-made, good looking outfits is worth the investment, whether it’s for your job or going out to impress.
6. Follow up: invest the TIME to look GOOD. You will spend the majority of your 20’s out of college, so stop looking like a slob. Go get a haircut from a nice barber/salon, trim your facial hair and look put-together. Your appearance says a lot about you, and it’s the first thing others judge you on.
7. Travel. Move to another city. Be ambitious. Have fun. We’re only in our 20’s, people. The seriousness of life can be reserved for the years to come.
8. Need to open a bottle without a bottle opener? Chances are, you’re in close proximity to someone with a lighter, and after watching this video, you’re good to go.
9. Wear sunscreen, or get ready to welcome wrinkles, leathery skin (or way worse, skin cancer) at an early age.
10. Don’t listen to the “college is your time to be selfish!” mantra. Have fun, get experiences, but don’t for a second think this is four years free of responsibility. Hit the ground running, start working, do internships (even if they’re unpaid). Start thinking! And use your career services while they’re free!!! (- from someone who was paying $200 a session at 27.)
11. Drink water between alcoholic drinks. You’ll be shocked how quickly your alcohol tolerance leaves you. Learn your limits. Vomit is the worst accessory.
12. Have (solo?) adventures that you won’t be able to do once/if you have family obligations. Your mantra can be, “This is either going to be awesome, or make a good story later.”
13. Use and appreciate your body while it still works and looks good (possibly a la Samantha in “Sex and the City”). Those crows feet and metabolism dips come sooner than you think.
14. Perfect your professional 1 minute “elevator speech” answer to, “So tell me about yourself.”
15. In a work setting, go for classic and conservative – think, “Would a visitor from outside the company take me seriously as a professional?” Unless you’re in certain fields, your office probably prefers polished over trendy. As someone who was sent home to change and completely traumatized by it – if you are ever not sure, don’t wear it.
16. Don’t be “that person” at work events with alcohol. 1-2 drinks max.
17. Devote some of your free time to something valuable. Contribute to a higher purpose or work on projects that are meaningful to you. Why not volunteer?
18. Don’t get a cat or a dog (or any type of animal) until you know you’re certain that all your living spaces for the next 15-20 years will be animal friendly. A dog seems great, till you have to ship it home to mom and dad when you go live in that tiny NY flat.
19. Multi-vitamins are a thing that you must do. As are moisturizers and vegetables. Scurvy is never sexy.
20. Listen to your gut. Forget society, ignore your peers, forsake most advice and do what’s right for you, whether that’s living at home with your parents or solo backpacking through Europe. Listen to yourself and have autonomy over your own life.
Want to win your own copy of “Twentysomething Girl?” Tweet us @litdarling and the authors Melissa Fiorenza and Laura Serino @tipsfor20s with a link to your favorite Twenty-Something Tuesdays post with the hashtag #20somethingtues. For extra entries, like us on Facebook, (Follow on Twitter), and/or follow us on Instagram. If social media isn’t your jam, comment below with your own best tips for your twenties!
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