1. The 3AM drunk munchies: Food is freaking good. Especially when you’re all sorts of boozed and it’s late and all you’ve been imagining for the last 30 min Uber ride is how much pizza you and your four friends will eat, and if your roomie has ranch. But no matter how mouth-wateringly good those pepperoni pieces taste at 3AM, you always regret them in the morning. Enough is enough.
2. Tipsy-texting the ex: Almost as bad as drunk munching, but more emotionally disabling. You two have been broken up for several months now: delete his number, unfollow him on Twitter, do whatever you have to. You’re starting to look a little desperate.
3. Choosing Netflix over the gym: Your bed is tempting…but so is that super-hot bartender eyeing you in your new swimsuit on your spring break trip to Cancun. Yeah. Get your booty on the treadmill.
4. Calling your mom with every small disaster: Moms are the best. They can buffer any meltdown, always know the cheapest brands of everything, and can handle and decipher ultimate BF drama. But it’s time to face reality: you’re getting too old to call mommy with every itch, burn, owwie, and friend feud. Grow up and handle that on your own. (But still call her every once in a while to tell her you love her.)
5. Sleeping past 3PM on the weekends: Okay, I get it. You like to party. We’ve all been there. But by the time you wake up, there’s only a few hours before round two…and to be completely honest, that’s a waste of your Saturday. Think of all the crap you could get done if you woke at a semi-reasonable time, let’s say noon. You could eat, do laundry, go to the gym, and plan your pregame—all before 7pm! What a strange concept—enjoying your weekend rather than napping through it!!!
6. Staying out to 4AM several times a week: On the weekends this is more understandable (however, see #5) but during the week? You’re guaranteed to miss class, call out of work, or just feel like crap more often than not…which is really not putting the best foot forward into the new year. Staying up late can be a blast, but this doesn’t have to be a daily, or even bi-weekly affair. You can still live it up…but maybe head home before the crack of dawn.
7. Waiting to fill up until your tank light goes on: Seriously?! Not only is this bad for your car, but it’s just risky, especially in the wintertime. You’re not always going to have someone who can be super-human to the rescue with a can of gas. And with this super cold, windy, and snowy weather you might be in are a real emergency.
8. Not paying off your entire credit card each month: Easier said than done, but this is the first step in Getting Your Life Together 101. If you can pay off the money you’ve spent, you won’t start the next month in the hole. Then you can actually be a smart spender, start saving, and relax rather than stressing every time a bill comes in the mail.
9. Social media stalking: A little creeping never hurt anyone…but if your phone’s the first thing you look at in the morning and the last thing you check before you go to bed…you may have a teeny-tiny problem. Disable your account for a while, do an internet detox, and unfriend the ex and his new fling. Quit obsessing about Facebook statuses and start enjoying real life.
10. Borrowing money from your parents: Alright, news flash—you’re old enough now to manage things on your own. Sure, every once in a while it’s great to have people to lean on. But now’s the time to start establishing yourself and not being in continual debt-bondage to the rents.
11. Getting less than 6 hours of sleep every night: (Refer back to #5 and #6) A normal, functioning human needs a decent amount of sleep each night. So instead of fighting it, instead of partying all hours, and instead of doing random dumb things that keep you awake, catch up on those z’s. Your body will thank you for it.
12. Buying lunch (AKA fast food) every day: A simple way to save money and eat healthy—pack a lunch. This isn’t just good for your body, but your wallet. Plus eating out always ends in eating too quickly, too much, or too greasy. Fact.
13. Spending over $20 on drinks every weekend: Boozing with the BFFs is great, but when you’re spending a good chunk of change each weekend, it adds up. You can still have a good time by pregaming before, not getting totally wasted or ordering unnecessary amounts (do you really need that 6th shot of tequila?!), or taking a turn as the DD.
14. Talking bad about people when you’re pissed off: We all do it, but it gets us into trouble. Instead of bashing on the roomie when she doesn’t put her pots in the dishwasher or bad-mouthing the girl who’s dating your high school sweetheart, take a deep breath and let it go. Welcome springtime with happy, drama-free, and bad-habit-breaking arms.