I am consistently amazed at just how many daily tasks people in their twenties do not know how to. As these young adults transition from living with their parents to either living in a dorm or moving on to other things, there are some essential tasks that these 20 something year-old college kids should know how to do. I have rounded up this list of 20 things that I think they should know how to do as they are essential to becoming a functional part of society.
- Make a Great Breakfast. Besides being the most important meal of the day, the ability to make a truly great breakfast is an impressive feat. Use real butter, eggs, and cheese to make an omelette or learn how to make pancakes from scratch (or if you want to cheat, use a box mix). If you are really feeling brave, try this homemade baking powder biscuits and white sausage gravy recipe I found over at the Food Network.
- Argue Kindly. I do not believe that there is ever truly a time to be unkind, but it can be especially harmful in an argument. Know what you think and the point you are trying to make (Hint: Make sure that the ideas you are sharing are original and not something you heard someone say that one time). Knowing how to communicate these ideas in a respectful and professional manner and watching your tone can take you long way in life.
- Have a Conversation with Anyone of Any Age. Whether they are seven or seventy, be able to have a conversation with anyone you come across. This shows a level of maturity that is rare among those in this age group.
- Parallel Park. It may be scary, but it is not hard. Watch this video on how to parallel park if you have never encountered it before. Practice, practice, practice. Impress your friends once you get it down.
- Learn to Tip Properly. As a former waitress, they are not your servant. They are doing their best to make a living and provide for themselves and their families the same as everybody else. Never tip less than 15%. If the service was great, leave 20%. Try taking a look at this article on how to tip properly.
- Take Criticism. Whether or not it is constructive, it is critical to develop the ability to (if you have not already) take criticism with dignity and in a respectful manner.
- Be Alone. I do not know about you, but I do not want to be around people all of the time. It can get emotionally draining even being around those we like such as friends or family. Being alone helps us discover who we truly are and makes it easier to think without a constant soundtrack of people playing in the background.
- Be Healthy. Nobody actually has the time to make healthy choices because they are not convenient. If is important, we have to make time. Take ten extra minutes to cook supper instead of going out to eat or make time a couple days a week to exercise. Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in our health.
- Change a Tire. Nothing takes the joy out of a road-trip like having a flat and no idea how to fix it. Instead of getting stranded on the side of the road, watch this video and be prepared.
- Do Laundry. I am blown away to think that some people have made it through 20 years of life and can not do a load of laundry. If this happens to be you, no worries! I found this article to show you how.
- Think Ahead. We can accomplish much more into this short life that we have been blessed with if we think ahead and make plans and goals for ourselves instead of passing through aimlessly.
- Ask Questions. Do not be afraid to ask questions. You are never too old to call mom and ask her how to boil an egg.
- Learn to Move On. Do not waste your life living in the past, dwelling over regrets and wrongdoings. Move past them so that you can be happy. There is no room in your life for regrets.
- Take Chances. Step out of your comfort zone and do something spectacular.
- Believe in Yourself. Nobody else will if you do not. You are the
- Say Yes. I do not know about you, but I get in the habit of saying no to things that put me out of my comfort zone. Getting uncomfortable is how we grow as people and individuals.
- Set Up a Savings Account. A rainy day fund is absolutely necessary. Put back some money from each paycheck. Start small and you will not regret it later. Some banks have a Round-Up program that puts the change from every purchase into your saving account for you automatically. I have this and I do not even notice the money getting moved over, but am always surprised to see how much has accumulated in my savings account.
- Sew on a Button. This could come in handy when you least expect it. Here is a video to show you how!
- Unclog a Drain. Buy a bottle of Drain-O at Walmart and read the instructions. Your parents will not be around forever to do it for you.
- How to Prioritize. Know what is important to you and how to put it first.
I need to work on some of these myself so do not feel alone if you do too! If you think on anything else that should be on the list, I would love to hear some suggestions. Thanks for stopping by my blog. As always, if you enjoyed my post, like and subscribe below.