We’re approaching the end of the year and the end of the decade. It’s time to leave these 19 things behind and get ready to thrive in the 20s. 

Cancel culture

You’ve seen it all year: #CancelJamesCharles, #KatyPerryisOverParty, et cetera. Remember that celebrities are human and humans mess up. Cancel culture is toxic. You can support a celebrity’s art without supporting everything they stand for. 


Whether you went on 2 dates or 200, no one deserves to be ghosted. Be an adult in your relationships and offer the other party an explanation. Be open about whether or not you see a future and stop leading people on. The other person’s feelings matter just as much as yours do. Be open and honest from the beginning to avoid feeling the need to ghost.


On the Internet, procrastination has basically became a personality trait, and it isn’t cute. When at school and work, remember that you’ll need recommendation letters from employers and professors when applying for jobs or law school. Procrastinating chores makes them harder and take twice as long in the end. Do things spaced out before their deadline instead of putting everything off until the last minute.

Social media trolls

Something else that isn’t cute? Trolling on social media. Trolling is often synonymous with bullying and highly uncalled for. There’s no reason to hide behind a screen and be a “keyboard warrior.” If you want to make an anonymous account, go for it! Just use it to make a positive impact. 

Living off of fast food

Chick-fil-A is a God-send, but there’s no reason to eat it everyday. While fast food can sometimes be necessary, stop living off of it. You’ll do your body good by cooking for yourself. Plus, you’ll learn a new skill set. Cooking at home can be fun. Enjoy chicken nuggets in moderation and put your body first in 2020.

Oversharing on social media

Social media is a huge part of our culture and can be fun, but it’s time to stop oversharing. Employers and educational institutions check your accounts, and your followers likely do not care what you’re doing every minute of every day. There are some things that are better left off of the internet. A good rule of thumb is: If you wouldn’t send it to your mother, don’t post it on social media. 


Make a budget and stick to it. You don’t have to have everything that your favorite designer releases and even if you think you do, you don’t need to spend $5 on coffee everyday. Treat yourself, but don’t go over your budget to do so. If you want a new outfit, sell some of your old ones. Join rewards programs at your favorite food chains to get free items.

Email clutter

Those 10,000 unread emails sitting in your inbox? It’s time to delete them. Filter through your email and unsubscribe to any lists you don’t actually use. Make a second account specifically for offers where important emails won’t get lost in the mix. Keep your favorite newsletters, but ditch the website that you ordered from once 3 years ago, it’s not worth it. 

Clothes you don’t wear

The end of the year is a perfect time to go through your closet. Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the last year, you probably won’t wear them again. Either donate these clothing articles or sell them on apps like Mercari and Poshmark to make some extra cash. 

Unused subscriptions

Do you really need Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube TV, and Disney+? Choose your favorites and stick to them. Same goes with music streaming services. 


Leave the laziness in 2019. Relaxation is important, but there’s no reason to be lazy. Whether you’re lazy at work or at home, it’s time to get on top of things. Leave your laziness behind and run full speed into the 20s. 

Lack of motivation

Like laziness, it’s time to leave lack of motivation behind. If you have to, set up a reward system for yourself to stay motivated. Treat yourself with a new workout outfit after X trips to the gym, take yourself to your favorite restaurant after finishing a big project at work, or reward yourself with a Netflix break for finishing your assignments before midnight. 

Negative self perceptions

In a world full of expectation for women’s appearances, fashion choices, careers, etc. it’s easy to fall into a spiral of negative thoughts and self doubt. Stop doubting yourself and gain your confidence back in 2020. You’ll be glad you did. 


Juuling, Vaping, E-Cigarette smoking, whatever else you want to call it, leave it in 2019. The only exception to this rule is the few people genuinely using it as a tool to stop cigarette smoking, and their end goal is to quit. Your lungs will thank you for leaving this trend behind.

Holding grudges

It’s easy to hold grudges against people who have wronged you. Use the end of 2019 to forgive and forget. Hint: you can forgive someone without verbally telling them that you do. Grudges only hurt you. Remember that.


You don’t owe anyone else anything. Read that again. Leave people-pleasing behaviors, like always saying “yes” even when you don’t want to, or one-sided friendships in 2019. Think about your goals and dreams and put them first in 2020.

Putting self care last

It’s easy to schedule so many things on your “to-do” list that self care gets left out. Make time to attend a yoga class, stick to a skincare routine, make your favorite meal, or enjoy some hot tea without feeling bad about it. In the same category, stop putting off scheduling your doctor’s appointments. It’s okay to miss part of your typical routine to take care of yourself.

Texting and driving

This should’ve been left a long time ago, but it still happens. Many states have updated laws concerning distracted driving, and it’s important to know your states law. Whether or not you live in a state with a strict law, this is something to leave behind in 2019. Leaving it behind will save lives.

Over-scheduling yourself

Be involved in your school and community, but stop over-scheduling yourself. Make sure you have enough time for an organization before joining, and don’t spread yourself too thin. You can’t give something you can’t have and if you don’t have passion for it, there’s no reason to stay involved.

Bonus: Any bad habit you want to break!

The new year is a perfect time to break those pesky habits you’ve been putting off. Find an accountability partner and break your worst habit before it breaks you.

Whitney E

Whitney is a senior majoring in communication at Mississippi State University. When she's not preparing for law school, you can find her online shopping or planning a trip to Disney World. She loves Ronald Reagan, traveling, and all things preppy.