Learn how to properly break up with someone
Ghosting is not cool -- be an adult about it. “The point of a breakup conversation is simply to communicate that you will no longer be together,” says science-based manners expert Amy Alkon, author of... unconventionally named etiquette books (Google her!). The best breakup excuses are broad, vague ones. “It is not your job to tell them they are a conversation hog or bad in bed,” Alkon explains. “It will make the split even more hurtful and may give them information they can use to try to wedge their way back in.”
Make a budget -- and stick to it
Budgets are boring, but important, like neighborhood zoning meetings. The good news is that you don’t have to spend hours pouring over a spreadsheet. You just need to follow a simple equation, says Woroch: “Half of your income should go toward living expenses including rent, utilities, transportation and groceries,” she says. Then 20 percent goes into savings or paying down debt. And 30 percent goes toward your lifestyle.
Build a network of people who can do things for you
You’re going to need a tailor (see above), a tax guy, a doctor, a mechanic…the list goes on. Get your stable of go-tos by simply asking friends, neighbors and coworkers for their list. If a dentist is good enough for your boss, he’s good enough for you.
Update your resume -- and email address
Experts disagree about how long your resume should be (one versus two pages) or if it’s okay to include (the super impressive) experience from high school on it (hell yeah, anime club!), but they all say that you should have a professional email address. “No email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org,” says Joni Holderman, a professional resume writer. “And don’t use your .edu email address from college, unless you went to a very prestigious school like Harvard or Yale.”
Stop making impulse purchases
That Swagway scooter you bought on a whim? Yeah, that was probably a waste of $500. Stop doing that! “I always suggest someone sleep on it for at least 24 hours before making a major purchase,” says Danny Kofke, a personal finance advisor with Arista Financial Group. “Many times we get caught up in the moment and purchase something we later regret buying. By giving yourself some time to really think about it, you will determine if you really want and/or need that item.” Sigh, guess that complete Huey Lewis and the News discography will have to wait.