Here’s What You Should Change Before You’re 30

If you are a man who hasn’t turned 30 yet, I have news for you: It won’t be long before you’re 30. A lot of people agree that 30 just sneaks up on you. One minute, you are 20-something and living day by day; the next, you’re in your 30s and siding with the villains in movies. 

It’s one of the interesting changes to anticipate. And yes, life does change when you’re thirty. There’s a whole lot of things that will be different once you get to your 30s. From your body to how you think—there’s so much to look forward to.

But more than that, there’s a lot you can change. Being yourself is the best way to live, so don’t think of this as changing your personality. It’s more like making changes that will help you transition into being an ‘older guy,’ the kind of things that will be better for your finances, health, relationships, and life in general.

So, if you’re 20 or so years old, here’s what you can start learning, adapting to, and improving about your life before you’re 30. 

Becoming the Older Guy: 9 Simple Life Changes Before You’re 30

Start Saving—for Rainy Days to Retirement

Living day to day without savings isn’t sustainable anymore. Your 30s will bring unexpected expenses and long-term goals that require financial planning. You’ll need to fix a car, want better clothes, and even a house. 

Start small if you need to, but start now. Set up an emergency fund for those unexpected costs. Begin contributing to a retirement fund, even if it’s a small payment each month. Take advantage of the available technology and automate your savings to make it effortless.

Remember, it’s not about how much you save but building the habit. Future you will be grateful for the financial cushion and the peace of mind that comes with it.

Exercise Regularly

Gone are the days when you could skip workouts without consequences. Even a night of dancing won’t go over smoothly the next day.

Your 30s demand a stronger focus on health and fitness. Before you’re 30, start including regular exercise in your routine now. Find an activity you enjoy, whether running, lifting weights, or yoga.

Consistency is key. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. It will boost your energy and mood and set a solid foundation for a healthy future.

Remember, it’s not about becoming a gym fanatic overnight—small, consistent steps make the biggest difference. This way, a hiking trip will sound enjoyable instead of punishing when you’re 35.

Cook More, Eat Takeout Less

Relying on takeout isn’t just expensive—it’s often unhealthy. As you approach your 30s, it’s time to prioritize cooking. Cooking for yourself allows you to control ingredients and portions, leading to better health and savings. 

Plus, it’s a valuable skill that will serve you well in the long run.

Start by learning a few simple recipes that you enjoy. Then, begin meal planning and prepping to make cooking easier and more convenient.

Don’t worry about becoming a gourmet chef—focus on making smarter, healthier choices that will benefit you now and in the future.

Take Control of Your Smoking and Drinking

As you near your 30s, it’s crucial to reassess your smoking and drinking habits. While occasional drinks can be fine, excessive consumption can lead to serious health issues. Remember, the older you are, the more susceptible you become to diseases. 

If you smoke, cut down or quit altogether—save your lungs and your wallet. Don’t be afraid to find support if you need it. There are many resources and communities to help.

Moderation is key. Limit your drinking to social occasions and find healthier ways to relax and unwind. Don’t indulge too much when you get the chance.

Taking control now will greatly improve your quality of life, set you up for a healthier future, and improve your mental health. 

Invest In Higher Quality Everything

As you approach your 30s, it’s time to prioritize quality over quantity. Investing in quality pays off, whether it’s clothes, accessories, household items, or even relationships.

High-quality clothes and accessories not only last longer but also make you feel more confident. Plus, you will look more professional and mature.

Go for durable household items that save you money in the long run. Most importantly, focus on nurturing relationships that add value to your life. Surround yourself with people who support and uplift you.

Remember, investing in quality enhances your life, bringing greater satisfaction and stability. So if you’re shopping before you’re thirty, save up and buy the good stuff.

Reevaluate Your Long-Term Career Path

Take a serious look at your career path before you’re 30. Are you in a job that aligns with your long-term goals? If not, it might be time for a change.

What are you passionate about, and where do you see yourself in the next ten years? An answer to this question is the best way to start. Look for opportunities for growth, whether it’s through additional training, education, or even a career shift.

Networking with professionals can provide helpful insights and open new doors. Remember, it’s never too late to pursue a path that excites and fulfills you. There’s no better time to try a career change than now!

Put More Effort Into Quality Relationships

The value of quality relationships becomes increasingly clear when you are older. Any man in his 80s will tell you just how much it means to him to spend time with good friends and family members.

Prioritize spending time with people who uplift and support you. Deepen connections with friends and family by being present and actively listening.

Focus on mutually beneficial and nurturing relationships. If someone is not offering this kind of relationship, let go of them before you’re 30. Such relationships will just drain you, and you don’t need that in your 30s. 

When you’re 30, it’s not about having a large social circle but about meaningful connections that enrich your life. Make an effort to stay in touch, plan or attend regular meetups, and be there for important moments.

These relationships will provide a solid support system—something you will need as you move into the next decades.

Follow A Healthy Sleep Schedule

Your 30s will thank you for getting more sleep—even bigger thanks if you are consistent. Give up the days of all-nighters and irregular sleep patterns. Committing to a regular sleep schedule before you’re 30 is important for your physical and mental health.

The ideal goal is 8-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Create and stick to a bedtime routine to wind down, avoid screens before bed, and keep your sleeping spot comfortable.

Consistent, restful sleep improves your mood, energy, and productivity. Start making sleep a priority now, and you’ll set the foundation for a healthier, more balanced life in your 30s and beyond.

Stop Working All The Time

And finally, this may sound strange, but you need to start working less. It’s important to find a balance between work and personal life.

Constantly working leads to burnout and negatively impacts your health and relationships. It will be harder to deal with these symptoms when you’re older.

So, set boundaries to ensure you have time to relax and enjoy life. Get attached to self-care, hobbies, and spending time with the people you love.

Learn to surrender work and manage your time efficiently at work. Remember, your job is important, but so is your well-being.

Finding that balance before you’re 30 will help you maintain a healthier, more fulfilling life as you move forward.

Look forward to Your 30s with A Foot in the Right Direction

Turning 30 is a significant milestone, and preparing for it can set you up for success in the years to come. By focusing on saving, exercising, cooking, and other great habits, you’ll build a solid foundation before you’re 30.

Remember, these changes aren’t about changing who you are but improving your life. Start making these adjustments now, and you’ll step into your 30s with confidence, ready to tackle whatever comes your way. Get ready for a brighter, healthier, and more interesting decade ahead!

About Author
About Author

Waithira Njagi is a seasoned wellness and relationship content writer with nearly a decade of experience. Her passion for helping others navigate the complexities of personal growth and connection shines through in her engaging and insightful writing.
With a knack for distilling complex topics into easily digestible pieces, Waithira's work is geared toward readers seeking guidance and inspiration on their journey to holistic well-being.
When she's not crafting engaging articles, you can find Waithira curled up with a stack of romance novels– always rooting for love to win– or enjoying quality time with her beloved family. Her dedication to spreading love and positivity is evident in everything she creates.

Waithira is here to remind you that life, much like their stories, is a tapestry of connections - to loved ones, and the endless adventures found in books.

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