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Things You Should Be Doing by 25

25 Things You Should Absolutely Be Doing By 25

So you're approaching 25. Congratulations! You've made it through college, you're fresh in your career, and you've (maybe) flown the nest. No quarter life crisis here — 25 is, without doubt, a year to celebrate.

Before you plan an epic bash for the books, though, consider the full potential you could reach by this time. After all, you're halfway through your 20s, so you've gleaned a good chunk of general wisdom. Ahead are 25 (reasonable) things you should be able to check off your life list. Because by now, you know that your well-being is a priority.

  1. Tap into your creativity.
  2. Effectively organize your living space.
  3. Cut out romantic interests that just aren't worth it.
  4. Ask for what you want at work.
  5. Read self-help books (no shame).
  6. Get in control of your finances.
  7. Enjoy time alone.
  8. Motivate yourself to exercise.
  9. Start using anti-aging creams (the early bird catches the worm).
  10. Take your lunch breaks during the work day.
  11. Get rid of Facebook friends you aren't actually friends with.
  12. Pay your own phone bill.
  13. Deal with confrontation (the right way).
  14. Go on a solo trip.
  15. Start a conversation with a stranger.
  16. Know how and when to unplug from electronics.
  17. Network in person.
  18. Have the kind of sex you want.
  19. Write about your feelings.
  20. Make a mean mixed drink.
  21. Practice patience (in long lines, traffic, or otherwise).
  22. Take your vitamins.
  23. Relieve your stress via healthy strategy.
  24. Get an 8-hour night of sleep . . . EVERY night.
  25. Sing in the shower without embarrassment.
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