Our daily rituals make us or break us. Sometimes it’s good to stop and reflect upon ourselves to see if we are really going on the right track or not.
While I was doing a study on this subject of ‘bad habits’ which rob us of our success, I stumbled across some really cool articles and have crystallized this post with some of those learnings.
1. Using Your Mobile Phone In Bed
Research shows that using your mobile phone in bed could have some serious repercussions on your sleep patterns.
When you look at digital screens, the white and blue light emitted are actually stopping your brain from releasing this hormone called ‘melatonin’.
By not releasing this hormone, it becomes all the more difficult for you to get to sleep. In most cases, you keep tossing around in bed wondering why you’re not able to sleep.
The outcome of such patterns in your daily habits could lead to states of ‘insomnia’ or deprived sleep, which can definitely affect all other areas of your life.
The Solution: Get your phone in do not disturb mode and preferably keep it away from your bedroom. Read a book, relax your mind and then get to sleep.
Try this our for a few days and you’ll notice a considerable difference in your sleep patterns.
2. Being Pessimistic – Complaining
There was an article I read on Psychpedia on how “complaining can literally kill you”.
Complaining is not going to get you anywhere. And in most part, it’s also going to bring down the energy levels of the people around you.
This has a direct impact on your mental health and can slowly get yours into states of depression.
The Solution: Start maintaining a gratitude journal, where you write all that you’re grateful for. When you have more to be thankful for, then there no room for the negativities to float up.
The mind is always flickering. The next time you get into a state of ‘complaining’ think about whether it’s really going to change things or not. If NOT, then it’s no point proceeding further.
Exercising tolerance, patience and shifting your mind to more positive states can drastically improve the quality of your life.
3. Living A Messy Life – Unorganized
Do you work on a cluttered desk? When the answer to this one question will tell you whether you’re an organized or a disorganized person by nature.
Did you know that by not having your life organized, you are actually stunting your productivity by a large extent and limiting your true working potential?
Being messy also is a time gobbler, where you have to constantly keep looking for stuff which you can never find.
The same extends to even your digital space. How organized is your desktop and folders in your system?
The Solution: To start organizing your life, start by doing one thing at a time. Make a list of areas which you need to de-clutter and dedicate an hour a day just for cleaning junk – both physical and digital junk.
When I shifted my home recently, I literally gave away more than 70% of my stuff. I realized that many of those things were just occupying space and not necessarily useful.
Ever since I started to live a more minimalistic and productive lifestyle, I could see a gigantic leap in my personal productivity and focus at work.
4. Eating – Even When Not Hungry
Snacking on chips, binging on ice creams or constantly keeping your mouth and tongue occupied is one of the worst habits to have.
It not only affects your health but also has a long-term impact on self-confidence.
When you’re not in sync with your body hunger, then you’re actually overeating. This obviously leads to an increase in weight and all other related issues such as diabetes, heart disease and more.
The Solution: Have fixed routines on when you plan to have your breakfast, lunch, and dinner and make sure you’re always eating for the right reason.
By now you would already have an internal thermostat and a conscious mechanism telling you whether you’re overeating or eating right. Always follow what your conscience says when it comes to eating.
When you eat, focus on eating. Relish every morsel. Do not eat in a distracted state of mind – looking at your mobile phone, or driving in a car or staring at your computer screen.
When you focus on eating right, it starts to work on all areas of your life, since health is true wealth.
If you chase two rabbits, you aren’t going to catch any. That’s how the mind is wired. Our brains aren’t designed to complete two tasks at the same time.
As much as you may feel proud that you’re a multi-tasker, studies show that it actually reduces your IQ levels.
The solution: Start working in focused blocks of time. Ideally 2hour slots. Did you know that when you get distracted from a focused activity, it usually takes around 20mins for you to get back into the same flow in which you were in when you started?
Start with your first task on hand and complete it fully before you move on to the next.
6. Not Having A Savings Goal/Strategy
Making money is one thing, but having the ability to keep money is something else totally. One the habits which a lot of people neglect is “keeping away some money” which could either fall under the savings fund or an emergency fund.
Knowing that you have some money stashed away which you can fall back on is one of the most powerful personal confidence builders one can have, as compared to living from paycheck to paycheck.
The solution: Set aside a small percentage of all that you earn into an account where you never touch. In fact look up on google for T Harv Ekers ‘6 Jar Principle’ and you’ll have a good idea on how to allocate your earning in the right way.
Well… this comes right on the top of the list of bad habits. If you’re someone who’s addicted to cigarettes, then you’ve got to start thinking about ways you can quit.
Life is all about making powerful decisions. If you truly value your life, and the people who are close to you, then make that decision TODAY and put an end to smoking.
It’s going to be hard, and I used to smoke a pack a day myself. It was in one moments’ decision that I said to myself “I’m done!” and I have never gone back. It’s now been 11 years, and I’m still clean.
The solution: Make a decision to quit and stick to it. It will show your will power. Change your circle of friends or move to a different city. This change in environment can also help you quit smoking easily.
8. Always Giving Excuses
This is one habit which I hate. This is one of the biggest reasons why people end up settling for less and not move forward in their life.
I can quickly sense whether a person is having an ‘exusitis syndrome’ or not but just hearing how they speak.
The reason why we give excuses for things is due to fear or not having a strong reason WHY you have to do that particular activity.
The solution: Set realistic and simple goals to start work. Don’t be too hard on yourself but let life unfold itself one step at a time. If you ever fail, embrace it, look at the lessons in that situation and move on.
9. Getting Yourself Into Debt
Borrowing money without knowing how to repay it can be like a disease. Money concerns actually cause high blood pressure, ulcers, and digestive problems – leading to depression too.
It’s ok to sometimes have a reality check on what you’re really spending on. Just look up on Google for ‘Rich Dad’s Personal Financial Statement Excel” and you can download a really good format on how to have a check on your financial situation.
The solution: If you’re not able to afford something, it’s fine. Work towards a way you can create that cash flow, but never borrow without having the plan to repay.
Read the book ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki to improve your Financial literacy levels.
We are all social animals and sometimes the whole aspect of what’s going on in another person’s life intrigues us, where we want to know more and dig deeper.
As long as it’s positive fun it’s cool, but there’s a thin line.
There’s a beautiful quote by Eleanor Roosevelt
which says, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
The solution: You have the power to you to make a conscious decision on whether you want to dwell further on a gossip situation or not.
Stay away from television and other soap operas, as those types of entertainment really give rise to gossip in our own lives.
Final Thoughts – Hijack Your Brain
By writing and penning down the above 10 nasty habits, I know that I would be making some small progress myself from staying away from them.
If this post inspired you and if you found value in this, I suggest you please share this and inspire another person who may be waiting to read this.