1. Put the dishes in the dishwasher the day you use them instead of letting them pile up.
It was annoying when your roommates nagged you, but seriously, do it. You'll be glad you did when all your friends have roach problems and you're livin' the good life.
2. Call your parents at regular intervals.
"Hi mom, how are you? Yeah? Yeah. I know. OK, love you, bye." That's all it takes.
3. Read the news every morning.
All of the news in the world is on your phone. It is literally in the palm of your hand. Even if you don't care about world news (Why don't you though?), you'll at least be able to sound smart at parties.
4. Make your own coffee at least every other day instead of buying it.
Your Starbucks drink is probably around P115. That's P810 a week you're saving. Or P3,565 a month. Or P41,975 a year! That's solid new clothes money.
5. Exercise some amount every day.
Get up and go for a brisk walk while you listen to a podcast. Or sign up for some weird yoga/African dance fusion class with your friend after work. Do whatever you want, just do something. You know you feel better when you're getting exercise.
6. Always bring something to a party.
This something is probably a bottle of some sort of alcohol. Or a dessert. Or a fun card game. Bringing literally anything makes you the best (and most grown-up) person at the party.
7. Eat breakfast.
I actually never do this, but I'm not 30 yet so I still got time! Here's my plan, since I'm too lazy to actually allow myself more time in the morning: Get a nice to-go mug for coffee; buy yogurts and granola bars; eat a quick granola bar or yogurt while my coffee brews; pour coffee into the to-go mug; leave for work. There! Breakfast!
8. Make yourself a healthy dinner at least a couple nights a week.
It's so hard to cook for just yourself, but it feels so great when you do. No more cup noodles!
9. Find your caffeine cut-off time and stick to it.
There is nothing worse than lying awake in bed wishing you had a hamster wheel to burn off all your latent energy and then feeling exhausted the next morning just because you felt like a 5 p.m. coffee.
10. Carry condoms.
Yeah, you pay for birth control so guys should shell out for the condoms, but be your own woman. Him not having a condom (or not wanting to wear one) isn't a good enough reason to be like, "Meh, chlamydia it is!"
11. Weigh yourself regularly.
This is not about reaching a certain weight or even losing weight at all. It's about knowing your body. Monitoring your natural fluctuations and noting where you feel best helps you keep your health in check and notice when something's off.
12. Stretch every day.
Maybe it's 10 minutes of yoga or maybe it's just touching your toes while you watch Scandal, but slow stretching feels awesome and keeps your muscles and joints healthy.
13. Put your phone down for...any period of time each day.
Some days I wake up, check my phone, sit on a computer all day at work, and then read dumb shit on Twitter when I get home. Then I look up and realize my eyes have to adjust to looking at things more than two feet from my face. Don't let this sad, sad picture be you. Put your phone down for a bit.
14. Buy more grocery staples before they run out.
When there's like one cup of milk left, it's time for more milk. Don't be the person who just goes without milk, bread, and eggs for a week because they're too lazy to go to the corner store.
15. Wash your face every night.
I don't even have to tell you this, but you should be doing this by the time you're 30.
16. Nail down your go-to lipstick and mascara.
You know they look amazing on you so why are you still wasting your money on every weird new one that comes out? Just stock upon your favorites and your life will be a whole lot easier.
17. Set a calendar alert for bill paying day every month.
Or better yet, set up direct payments so you don't even have to think about it or worry about being late ever.
18. Clean out your closet once in the spring and once in the fall.
The only thing that feels better than buying a shit-ton of trendy Forever21 tops is getting rid of a shit-ton of no-longer-trendy Forever21 tops.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.