45 Ways to get your Life together at 30: It Starts Now

It’s not always easy to find balance in our lives. We often feel overwhelmed with work, family, friends, hobbies, and everything else we try to fit in.

In this post, I’m going to share with you 45 simple tips that will help you achieve balance in your life. These tips aren’t just for women either; men should also apply these principles to their lives as well.

I’ve learned these tips from years of trial and error, and I hope you can learn something new from them as well.

1. Start Saving for Retirement Now

The thing about saving for retirement is that it’s not always easy to do. We live in a society where we’re told that retirement is something we can earn later that there are enough 401(k)s and IRAs out there waiting to help us put aside all the money we need to retire comfortably when we’re ready.

While this may be true, the reality is that most people don’t have access to those same benefits, and they won’t have time or access to save if they don’t start now. If you want to retire someday, you’ll need to start putting away some money right now, even if you think you have plenty of time to save.

2. Make it a top priority to pay off your debts as soon as possible

It’s no secret that debt can weigh heavily on your mind. Whether it’s student loans, credit card bills, car payments, or other types of debt, it can feel overwhelming to try to tackle it all at once.

But paying off debt shouldn’t be put off indefinitely. Instead, it should be prioritized as a top priority. 

1. Set a goal. When you set a specific amount of money that you’d like to save each month, you’ll be motivated to reach that goal sooner rather than later.

2. Find a system. Once you’ve decided on a monthly budget, create a plan to achieve it.

3. Stick to it. Don’t let yourself fall behind schedule. Make sure that you’re sticking to your budget every single day.

These tips will help you prioritize your finances and get your life back on track.

3. Be Good to the People You Care About

There’s no doubt that relationships matter. When you care about someone, you treat them with respect and kindness. And when you treat others kindly, you reap rewards in return.

This is true whether you’re talking about friendships, romantic relationships, family ties, or business partnerships. So, if you want to build meaningful connections with other people, you need to put yourself in their shoes. Try to understand what they might be feeling and thinking, and then act accordingly.

For example, if you notice that someone seems upset or angry, try to figure out why. Maybe they’re having trouble finding a job, or maybe they’re dealing with a difficult boss. Whatever the reason, you can help by offering support and encouragement.

Also, remember that sometimes we feel bad about ourselves just because we’re human. We all struggle with our own personal problems, and it’s easy to forget that others deal with similar struggles. But when you reach out to others who are going through tough times, you can remind them that they aren’t alone.

4. Start saving 10% of your salary every month

At 30, you’re finally starting to come into your own, and you can’t wait to see what’s next! Whether it’s traveling the world or just taking a trip to your hometown, it’s all up to you now. But one thing is for sure: if you want to make sure that your life is in order and on track for the rest of your days, there are some things you can do now that will help you be successful later on in life.

One of those things is saving 10% of your monthly salary (or other income) every month and we’re not talking about putting money in the bank. We’re talking about making sure you have enough money saved to cover an emergency fund. A good rule of thumb: save enough so that if something unexpected happened (like a car accident), it wouldn’t bankrupt you.

Another thing that can help put your financial life on track is paying off any debt as fast as possible. If you’re already at least two years into paying off debt like student loans or credit cards, then congratulations! You’re already ahead of most people out there but don’t stop there! Consider getting even more aggressive about reducing debt by aggressively paying down high balances first and then using any leftover cash to pay off smaller debts.

5. Get Organized

If you’re anything like me, you probably spend way too much time organizing your stuff. I’m constantly looking for new ways to organize my home office, my closet, and my kitchen cabinets.

But while it may seem like a fun hobby, over-organizing actually takes away from your ability to focus on important tasks. So, before you start cleaning out your garage or reorganizing your bookshelves, take a step back and ask yourself how this activity benefits you. Then, only go forward if you truly believe that doing so will improve your life.

6. Learn How To Say No

As you move into your thirties, you’ll find that many opportunities will present themselves to you. Some of these opportunities will be great, and others won’t be so great. The key to being successful is learning how to say no without hurting anyone’s feelings.

When you learn how to say no, you’ll also learn how to prioritize your time better. For example, if you know that you’ve got an event coming up soon, you should plan to attend it. However, if you know that another event is scheduled for later in the week, you shouldn’t waste your time planning for the former. Instead, you should use your time wisely by focusing on the latter.

7. Take Care Of Yourself

It’s true — you don’t always need to look after yourself physically. Sometimes, you can eat junk food and still stay fit. But if you want to live a long and healthy life, you need to take care of yourself mentally and emotionally.

This means having a positive attitude, eating right, exercising regularly, and staying focused on your goals. When you do these things, you’ll feel happier and healthier than ever before. And when you’re happy and healthy, you’ll be able to achieve more in life.

8. Be More Social

You might think that social media has made us all antisocial. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, research shows that spending time with friends and family helps keep our brains young and sharp.

So, make sure to schedule some quality time with loved ones. This could mean going out for dinner, taking a walk around the neighborhood, or just sitting down for coffee with someone special.

9. Start putting money into your 401 K

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they reach middle age is failing to put enough money into their retirement accounts. While saving for retirement is certainly important, it’s equally important to save for other goals.

For example, if you’re trying to pay off debt, you might consider setting aside 10% of each paycheck toward that goal. Or maybe you’d rather invest in yourself and your career instead of paying down credit card balances. Whatever your reason, it’s never too late to start investing in your future.

To learn more about how to build wealth over the long term, read our article on How to Build Wealth Over Time.

10. Break up with Bad Habits

It seems like every day brings us another piece of bad news about our health. We hear stories about celebrities who struggle with addiction, and we read articles about the dangers of sugar and processed foods.

But while it’s true that eating healthy food and exercising regularly are important parts of living a long and happy life, it turns out that breaking unhealthy habits can lead to a happier, healthier future.

So if you’re struggling with a bad habit, here are three tips to help you break it.

11. Start Taking care of your body NOW

You don’t need an excuse to take better care of yourself. And while it might seem daunting to tackle health and fitness goals at age 30, you’ve got plenty of time to turn things around.

Here are five tips to kickstart your journey toward healthy living:

1. Start eating healthier foods. When you eat a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, beans, nuts, seeds, and dairy products, you’ll feel satisfied and energized.

2. Take charge of your weight. Losing just 5% of your current bodyweight can boost your energy levels and decrease fatigue.

3. Add exercise into your routine. Exercise releases endorphins, chemicals that create feelings of happiness and calmness.

4. Make sleep a priority. Getting enough restful sleep each night can help you lose weight, gain muscle, and maintain a positive attitude.

5. Don’t forget about mental wellness. Stress, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders can negatively affect your physical health. So, seek professional help if you notice symptoms.

There’s no reason to wait until you reach 30 to start making lifestyle changes. Now is the perfect time to begin improving your overall health.

12. Show up for your Friends and family

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re trying to juggle several different responsibilities at once. But if you really want to build a solid foundation for your future success, you need to prioritize your time and focus on the tasks that matter most.

One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to set aside specific blocks of time each week to spend with friends and family. When you schedule time with loved ones, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself while still accomplishing meaningful goals. And since you’re spending time with someone who loves you, you’ll be much less likely to procrastinate.

This tip applies to both close friends and distant relatives. Make sure that you carve out time every week to connect with the people who matter most to you. Don’t wait until you feel like doing it; instead, plan ahead and commit to making it happen.

13. Focus on what you do well

I’m going to share with you a secret that I learned over the years: you can’t be really good at a lot of different things. Sure, you might be able to do a few things really well, but if you try to be really good at a bunch of different things, you’ll end up doing none of them very well.

When you try to be really successful at running a business, you’ll inevitably fail at some point. And when you fail, you lose confidence, and then you stop trying altogether.

So instead of trying to be really good at everything, just pick ONE thing that you love doing, and become really good at that one thing. Then, when you feel confident enough, branch out into other areas. But if you never feel comfortable branching out, then you shouldn’t bother branching out.

It sounds obvious, but I bet you didn’t expect to hear it from someone who was a multi-millionaire at age 30.

14. Take Risks

It’s easy to feel stuck in a rut when it comes to your career. There are plenty of reasons why this happens, but the main problem is that we tend to avoid taking risks. We’re afraid of failing, and we’re afraid of making mistakes. But guess what? Mistakes aren’t always bad; sometimes they lead us down paths that ultimately end up helping us grow.

So instead of avoiding risk altogether, try to embrace it. Take calculated risks and learn from your failures. Don’t worry about whether or not you’ll succeed, just focus on learning from your experiences. And remember, no matter what happens, you can still change your life for the better.

15. Get Therapy

I’m going to say something controversial here, but therapy really does help. Not just for relationships, either. There are plenty of studies showing that counseling can help people deal with depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental health problems.

It’s true that therapy takes time and money, but it’s worth it. In addition to helping you feel better, therapy can teach you valuable skills that you can apply to everyday situations. And while it might seem expensive, you could save money over the long run by avoiding costly medical bills down the line.

So yes, get therapy.

16. Start a Skincare Routine

I started a skincare routine after I turned 30. My skin was dry and flaky, and I wanted to look younger and healthier. So I decided to try a few different products and routines. And guess what? Within two weeks, my skin looked amazing.

It turns out that starting a skincare routine is really easy. All you need is a couple of basic ingredients and a few minutes each day. Here’s what I recommend:

1. Cleanse: Cleansers are usually the first thing I put on my face. I prefer gentle cleansers that remove makeup and dirt without stripping my skin. I use Neutrogena Rapid Clear Wash Off Face Cleanser ($7).

2. Exfoliate: Once I’m done cleansing, I apply a light layer of exfoliating scrub. I like to use Dr. Brandt Gentle Exfoliator Scrub ($10), which contains microbeads that gently buff off dead cells while leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth.

3. Moisturize: Next, I moisturize. I love the feel of a hydrating cream, especially during the winter months. I use Lush Hydrating Body Butter ($5).

4. Protect: Finally, I protect my skin with sunscreen. I like to wear SPF 15 every single day. I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Waterproof Sunscreen ($6).

This routine takes just 10 minutes a day, and it’s completely customizable. For example, if you don’t like the idea of putting on a mask, then skip it. Or, if you hate washing your face, then skip the cleansing part altogether.

But whatever you choose to add to your routine, remember to always wash your hands afterwards. Washing your face helps prevent bacteria buildup, which can lead to breakouts.

17. Learn how to manage your emotions

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stressors of living, working, and raising kids. But managing your emotions is just as important as managing your finances or health. When you feel stressed, angry, sad, or frustrated, it’s natural to lash out. And while it might seem harmless enough at the moment, it could lead to bigger problems down the road.

Here are three tips for dealing with negative feelings:

1. Take deep breaths. Deep breathing calms the body and mind, allowing you to focus on the task at hand.

2. Write it out. Writing down your thoughts helps you understand yourself better.

3. Talk to someone. Talking about your feelings with friends, family members, or counselors can help you gain perspective.

Remember, no matter how stressful life gets, you always have control over how you react. So learn to manage your emotions now, and you’ll reap rewards later.

18. Learn to trust your gut

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. The secret to getting your life together at 30 is to learn to trust your gut.

Your gut is a powerful thing. It’s usually right… and it can tell you when you’re feeling like you need to do something (like go on a run!). But it can also tell you when something is wrong, or if something doesn’t feel right about the situation.

The trick here is knowing how to listen for and trust those signals from your body and then executing on those feelings with action. If your gut tells you that you should run for an hour, do it! Don’t ignore that feeling trust it, and act on it!

This will help you get through this stage of life with more ease than ever before.

19. Aim for Progress, Not Perfection

I’m sitting here at my desk, staring at a blank screen, trying to think of things I want to accomplish by the time my 30th birthday rolls around.

The truth is, I have no idea what it will take for me to feel like I’ve “gotten my life together” or even what that means. What does it even mean? Is it just having a job that makes you happy? Does it mean you have a partner who loves you? Does it mean that you have enough money in the bank so that you can afford your own place? Does it mean that when people look at you they see someone they want to be friends with?

I don’t know. But I do know one thing: If we’re not getting closer to our goals every day, then we are going backwards. And if we keep doing that, we won’t get anywhere as fast as we need.

So what does this all mean for us? It means we need to aim for progress instead of perfection and make sure we keep working toward our goals!

20. Start Keeping a Journal

Writing down thoughts and feelings helps us reflect on ourselves and grow. It helps you understand yourself better and become aware of your strengths and weaknesses.

Writing down your thoughts and feelings in a journal forces you to be honest with yourself. It helps you be more accountable for yourself and get insights into your own behavior patterns

When you’re writing in your journal, try to keep things positive. Don’t dwell on negative experiences or failures. Instead, focus on the good things and setting goals in life.

If you find yourself dwelling on negative emotions, ask yourself whether these emotions are helping you grow. If not, consider changing them into positive ones.

Remember that journal entries aren’t only for yourself. You’re writing them for others too. So when you’re done writing, share your entry with friends and family members who care about you.

21. Cultivate an attitude of Gratitude

It’s not always easy to keep a positive attitude when you’re in a rut. But it’s important to do so; after all, gratitude is a key factor in self-improvement. If you know how to cultivate gratitude, you can make progress on the road to getting your life together at 30.

Gratitude is just one aspect of the overall practice of mindfulness. Being present with what you’re doing is another key component of practicing mindfulness and this can be done in many ways. For example, if you are eating, for example, you can focus on the taste of your food instead of being caught up in the details about where your food came from or who prepared it for you.

Getting your life together at 30 doesn’t have to mean getting rid of everything that went wrong in your twenties. In fact, many people find that they actually get more done when they are able to deal with their pasts in a positive way!

22. Define your Values

You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s important to really think about what you value in life, and how those values help you define yourself as a person. Once you know what those things are, look for ways to make them a part of your day-to-day life.

For example, if you value kindness and honesty, be kind and honest with yourself and others. If you love animals, adopt a shelter pet or two. If you’re passionate about music, play an instrument every day. The point is that having clear values helps you build a consistent foundation for yourself and your life goals.

23. Create a personal mission statement.

This is a way to describe what you want out of each day in other words, it’s your own version of “what’s next?” It can be pretty short (“Today I want to meditate for 15 minutes”) or long (“Today I want to make time for my family”). This is where the real magic happens because this is where YOU get to define what success looks like for YOU in your life.

24. Start a Reading Habit

You’ve got a lot going on in your life, and you’re probably not reading as much as you should be.

We all know the feeling: you’re so busy with work or school or whatever else is going on that reading just doesn’t seem like it’s something you can fit in. But that’s not true! Reading does not have to be reserved for the weekends or late at night. You can read whenever and wherever you want!

So let’s say that instead of being overwhelmed with the idea of reading more, you’re actually overwhelmed with… well, just about everything else! How do you get started? Here are five ways to start a reading habit:

1) Start small: If you don’t have time for a big commitment right now, then start small. Read one sentence from an article about [topic] every day for 30 days (or less). Then set a new goal for yourself and try again!

2) Set up rewards: Reward yourself every time you finish reading something by doing something fun like watching your favorite TV show or playing some video games (or even just eating some chocolate!). You’ll feel good knowing that you’re making progress toward something bigger thanyourself.

3) Find a book club: There are tons of online communities dedicated to finding books that you’ll enjoy. And there are lots of great books out there waiting for you to discover them!

4) Join a library: Libraries are full of books and magazines that you can borrow without spending any money. Plus, libraries often host events and programs that will inspire you to keep reading.

25. Start Decluttering

Decluttering is the process of getting rid of things we no longer need or use. The goal is to create a home environment where everything is organized and easily accessible.

When decluttering, keep these tips in mind:

• Start small. Don’t try to clean out every room at once. Instead, tackle one area at a time. This helps you stay focused and avoid overwhelming yourself.

• Make a plan. Before beginning any decluttering project, determine exactly what you want to accomplish. Then set aside specific times each day to work on your project.

• Keep it simple. To simplify your decluttering efforts, only keep items that you truly value. Remove everything else.

• Create categories. Once you’ve decided what you’re going to keep, group similar items together. For example, put books in one category, clothes in another, and toys in yet another.

• Get help. Ask family members, friends, and neighbors to pitch in and help you organize your belongings. They may be able to offer some great ideas for organizing your space.

• Use storage containers. Storage containers are inexpensive and versatile. You can store them anywhere and use them for many different purposes.

• Be realistic. Remember that decluttering isn’t a quick fix. It takes time and effort to completely reorganize your home. So take it slow and steady.

26. Work on your Self Talk

Self talk is our inner dialogue that we have with ourselves. We’re constantly talking to ourselves, telling ourselves things like “you should be working out”, “you should eat healthier”, “you shouldn’t drink alcohol”, etc.

Our self talk influences everything we do, including how we feel, act, and perform. So when we’re having negative thoughts, we tend to behave negatively. And when we’re thinking positive thoughts, we tend to act positively.

When we’re feeling down, we tend to stay home and avoid social activities. But when we’re feeling happy, we go out and meet friends.

We’ve all heard this saying, “Your words shape who you are.” Well, it’s true. Our self talk shapes us.

And because we spend most of our lives talking to ourselves, we need to take control over our self talk. This means changing our self talk patterns.

27. Date Intentionally

I’m a big believer in the power of intention.

I mean, if you don’t have an intention, what are you even doing?

But I also think that sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in the “what ifs” and not actually take action.

So what do I mean by intentional dating?

It means that instead of waiting for something to come along and happen, you go out and make it happen yourself. You ask people out on dates, or take initiative with your relationship status and let people know about your plans. You don’t sit around waiting for the perfect person to come along and sweep you off your feet (even though that is totally fun!).

And I know that seems kind of crazy…like it goes against all common sense to suggest just go for it! But there’s a reason why this advice works so well. We’re all looking for someone else who wants what we want, and will give us everything that we want back in return! The problem with most relationships is that they never work because they aren’t built on a solid foundation of mutual respect and support and that’s why dating intentionally can be so much more fulfilling than just waiting around for someone else to show up.

28. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

Comparing yourself to others is one of the biggest reasons why we end up unhappy.

Because no matter how hard we try, we’ll always find someone better than us. Someone prettier, smarter, richer, thinner, taller, younger, older, etc.

The truth is that none of these comparisons really matter. Because as long as we’re comparing ourselves to other people, we’re never going to be satisfied.

29. Make A List Of Your Goals

This might sound silly but making a list of your goals is very important.

Why? Because without goals, we’re left with nothing. We have no direction, no purpose, and no plan.

If you don’t set goals, then you’re just spinning your wheels. You’re wasting your energy trying to figure out what you want and where you’re headed.

Instead, make a list of your goals. What would you like to accomplish In the next 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?

30. Take Action On Your Dreams

If you dream of being a writer, start writing! If you dream of owning your own business, start planning your first steps towards entrepreneurship.

If you dream of having a family someday, start thinking about ways to build a loving relationship with your partner.

31. Build Effective Habits and Routines

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when trying to build habits is thinking that they have to force themselves into doing things. Instead, try building routines that fit naturally into your day.

For example, instead of forcing yourself to exercise every morning, set aside 15 minutes each night to workout. Or instead of making yourself eat breakfast every single day, just eat a healthy snack during the afternoon. These types of routines aren’t forced; they happen automatically, and that’s exactly what makes them easier to maintain.

It’s also important to remember that habits aren’t always bad. Some habits are positive, while others are negative. For instance, having a routine bedtime might be helpful for someone who struggles with insomnia, but it could also lead to oversleeping and missing out on valuable sleep. So, choose your habits wisely.

32. Learn how to Cook

One of the things I love about cooking is that it’s an easy way to take control of your own life. When you’re in charge of what’s on your plate, you have a lot more power over what happens to yourself.

So, if you’ve been feeling like something is missing from your life and if you don’t know where to start with getting it back try cooking! It’s a great way to learn how to be self-sufficient and independent. Plus, you can eat whatever you cook, so there’s no risk involved.

33. Start Doing Something New Every Day

I’m not talking about starting new hobbies or taking part in different activities. I mean starting something new every single day.

When was the last time you did something completely new? The last time you tried something new?

Well, today is the day to change that. Today is the day to stop living in the past and start living in the present.

It’s time to start doing something different today. And trust me, this will help you feel better than anything else.

34. Get Rid Of Negative People From Your Life

Negative people drain our energy and create stress in our lives. They cause us to worry about things that we shouldn’t be worrying about.

They keep us stuck in our comfort zones and prevent us from moving forward.

Negative people are toxic and they need to go.

35. Do Something That Makes You Feel Good About Yourself

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve yourself. But sometimes, we focus too much on ourselves and forget about other people.

We spend all of our time focusing on our problems and never think about how we can fix them.

Instead, do something else that makes you feel good.

36. Stop Trying To Make Everyone Happy

Everyone wants to be happy, but nobody wants to be unhappy.

We want everyone around us to be happy, but we don’t want to be unhappy ourselves.

This creates tension between friends and families because we’re constantly trying to make everyone happy.

But when we’re unhappy, we’re miserable. We’re sad. We’re angry. We’re frustrated.

And none of these emotions are productive.

37. Adopt healthy habits

One of the best ways to get your life together at 30 is to adopt healthy habits. You already have a lot going on in your life: work, family, friends, hobbies… it can be hard to find time for all of those things!

That’s why adopting the best habits possible is so important—they’ll help you take better care of yourself and feel less stressed out about all the other things you have going on in your life. Here are some tips:

-Eat breakfast every morning.

-Get enough sleep every night.

-Exercise daily.

-Limit alcohol intake.

-Do something nice for someone else every day (even if it’s just giving someone a compliment).

-Write down three things you’re grateful for every day (and then share them on Facebook!).

38. Heal your relationships with your parents

39. Stay away from Toxic relationships

It’s hard to be your best self when you’re in a toxic relationship. But there are ways to avoid getting stuck in one.

40. Start a gratitude journal

A lot of people struggle to get their lives together as they get older, but you’re not alone. It’s a fact: we all need more gratitude in our lives.

Start a gratitude journal (if you haven’t already) and keep it where you can see it every day. Write down three things each day that make you grateful for your life whether it’s the food on your plate or the fact that someone in the world is still breathing at all.

This will help you remember what’s important in your life, and remind you that no matter how much stress or chaos there may be around you, there are still things worth being grateful for.

41. Forgive Yourself for Your Past Mistakes

 This life advice is probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever written.

Forgiving yourself for past mistakes is incredibly hard.

You might feel like you deserve everything bad that happens to you. And maybe you do.

But forgiving yourself doesn’t mean you forgive others. It means you learn from your mistakes and move on.

Learn to manage stress and set positive habits

My entire life changed when I learned how to properly manage my stress levels. It was a long journey, but eventually I realized that I needed to learn how to control my anxiety and panic attacks instead of letting them control me.

I started practicing deep breathing techniques and meditation, which helped me calm myself down and stay focused during stressful situations. And once I got into the habit of meditating regularly, I noticed that I felt calmer throughout the day.

Now, whenever I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed, I try to practice deep breathing exercises until I feel relaxed again.

42. Learn to say “no”

Learning to say “no” is an extremely valuable skill to develop. Saying “yes” too often can lead to burnout and overwhelm.

43. Continue Learning and Growing

The only way to grow is by learning new things and growing as a person.

If you want to continue to improve your life, you must always strive to learn new things and expand your knowledge base.

You can use a habit tracker to check off the days you accomplish this goal.

44. Start your own morning routine

I know, I know. It’s hard to get your life together at 30. You have a lot of responsibilities, you’re trying to figure out who you are and what you want, and let’s be honest your parents probably won’t stop asking you about your life plans until they pass away.

But the thing is, It doesn’t have to be harder than it is now! the majority of people have found that a morning routine is a key to success. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated just some small, pleasurable activities that help you start your day in a positive way.

45. Set short, mid, and long-term goals.

In my personal life I’ve found that setting short, mid, and long-term goals works really well. It helps me focus on what I want to accomplish in the near future and also set aside time for things that may take longer to complete.

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