25 Habits To Break By Age 25

This year, I celebrated my 25th birthday by eating multiple Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, attending improv class and watching a comedy show with friends. It was low key, and that’s the way I’d like to spend the majority of my weekends, as hangovers now take too long to pass and I can finally admit shouting over bars is a terrible experience. I have a lot more maturing to do, not to mention a host of habits I should have broken by 25, so here are some good things to outgrow before hitting the big quarter century:

25. Eating in bed

Unless you want to befriend some cool mice!

24. Too much takeout or Seamless

It adds up, and you never really know what other people are putting in your food.

23. Chasing after unworthy dating prospects

You both know you deserve better. Kick him to the curb.

22. Overusing your debit/credit card

You spend more this way, and honestly, it doesn’t make much sense to use a credit/debit card for that $2 water bottle (which shouldn’t be $2, but that’s an argument for another post…). Always keep $10-$20 in your purse.

21. Staying up late to watch TV/Netflix

This is especially risky if you have a full-time job. Don’t show up to work tired in the morning. Just catch the next episode of American Horror Story (which is amazing, of course) when you get home.

20. Leaving your tab open at the bar

Sometimes this makes sense, but you could wind up spending more money, or worse, accidentally leaving your card with the bartender.

19. Feeling bad every time a new Facebook friend gets engaged/married or has a baby

This is 2013. People are tying the knot and becoming parents later now, so don’t feel like you’re so behind simply because folks you went to high school with appear to be growing up.

18. Failing to floss

The older you get, the more attention you should pay to dental hygiene. Before going to bed, spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth (back when magazines were thriving, YM suggested listening to a pop song at the sink) and flossing. Add some mouthwash to the mix and you’re golden.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=88200230 Akilah Hughes

    The eating in bed thing is like my biggest downfall. My apartment is like the size of my bed, I have no choiceeeeee.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=68136660 Carla Bautista

    I really have to work on writing thank you notes. I love receiving them from people and I know it makes them feel appreciated! Handwritten notes are precious!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=42113507 Kara Jay

      something I do is keep Thank You cards and blank note cards in my desk at work. That way whenever someone does something to help me out I can write them a quick note, or if someone seems to be having a bad day I can try to make them smile. It’s great because I’m always prepared and people really appreciate it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=654130575 Kate Allen

    Love this! And all completely true!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=97900401 Melissa Wiebe

    I’m 33 and I still do some of these. Reason I don’t keep cash in my wallet: I tend to spend it quicker than if I have to use my debit card.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664916256 Dale Price

      Also: withdrawing cash is often more fiscally irresponsible with ATM fees.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547066518 Jennifer Hutton

    I turn 25 in 5 days and im guilty of still doing 2 or 3 things. Not too bad, right? lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34800736 Erin Kowalsky

    I definitely don’t do most of those things anymore…. but the running for the train thing? I have a 45 min commute, running for that train sometimes means having an extra 1/2 hour with family. I value that extra time — especially after I’ve already been gone for 13 hours.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10135202 Laura Elizabeth Donovan

      I hear you — When I first moved to NYC, I lived on the G train, which is one of the most unreliable trains on the subway system, so if I missed one in the morning, I’d have to wait another twenty minutes for the next car to reach the platform. I did chase the train back then — it wasn’t pleasant!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1175400078 Madi Jantsch

    Love this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=42113507 Kara Jay

    Wait…You got to drink at work?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10135202 Laura Elizabeth Donovan

      I know right?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=76200829 Jessica Jeffers

    Can I ask what companies have had kegs at work?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17900403 Allie Beauchesne

      Any one worth working for!
      But seriously– beer Fridays are pretty standard in tech, and many other industries as well it seems, at least in Boston (all my friends in offices drink on Friday afternoons). It definitely adds to moral to pour yourself a pint around 4PM and finish up the week on a good note!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10135202 Laura Elizabeth Donovan

        The Daily Caller!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1297141049 Dawn Schillinger

    Some of these are going to be hard, especially workplace ones! Like a different article (http://bit.ly/1apqPPs) points out, the under-25 year olds are changing the workplace they go in. So maybe being too comfortable or alcohol at work (the comments seem really shocked about this, my internship had it every Friday) might be the new norm.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=42113507 Kara Jay

      I’m definitely more jealous than shocked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14102782 Caroline Jeffery

    i read the title of this article and said, “uh oh,” but i actually did fairly well. i’ve got a few kinks to work out…. lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10046836 Alison TheBacontarian Sipes

    We have beer Firday at my work every week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000130770698 Ana Priscilla

    I’ll be 26 in 3 days, and believe me a few of thise habits are harder to break than you think.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10135202 Laura Elizabeth Donovan

      I know! I still do this stuff!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=549558229 Adria Olson

    This is super good!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003033561075 Matthew Martinez

    just turned 27 and am guilty of doing 8 of these… guess thats kinda good 😛

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540050362 Hilary June

    No way. I’m sleeping til noon ever freaking chance I get regardless of age.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10135202 Laura Elizabeth Donovan

      Sleeping is restorative and great for your health, so I feel you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730751433 Hilary Heino

    Great article! Not quite 25 (just hitting 24) but it’s good to start early :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10135202 Laura Elizabeth Donovan

    Thanks for the support, all! I still do a lot of these things too! Gotta take my own advice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000323635129 Brittny McKelvey

    I just now realized, just this moment, that this applies to me too. I thought “Ha, that’s a long way off for me!” No, no it’s not. It’s next month. I don’t own an umbrella though. Maybe I should look into that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1136874204 Quincy Clifton

    25. Never done this before anyways. 24. Haven’t had takeout in years! 23. Dating? What’s that? 22. I don’t have a debit or credit card 21. Okay… That one’s tough to break… 20. Never been to a bar. 19. I’ve never felt bad about that sorta thing. 18. Flossing is that important? Great… 17. Never had a hangover. 16. My work place would fire me if I was caught drinking at work. 15. I hate phone calls, but I suppose emails will work. 14. Well… crap… 13. It’s not gossip if it’s true… right? 12. I always have a strong work ethic. 11. I try to take out my trash once every two weeks… 10. I’ve always been an open book, I suppose that’s a problem? 9. I’ve never been passive aggressive. 8. I always ask permission. 7. Never had to do this. 6. Never had to deal with this… 5. I’ve recently stopped doing this. 4. That’s a matter of convenience… 3. I’ve gotten through life on my own so far. I don’t need help. 2. I should buy an umbrella… 1. I always say thank you!

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