Bad habits truly suck. They prevent us from being proactive and happy and they cause stress which can be unhealthy. That’s why I’m going to name a few and give you ideas on how you can slowly start replacing them (using examples from Breaking Bad).
Before I begin, I want to remind you that breaking bad habits takes a lot of patience, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see or feel any change right away!
1/7 BAD HABITS: PROCRASTINATION
We all know about procrastination. This terrible thing prevents us from doing shit until last minute which then prevents us from getting any sleep. Now, this isn’t too easy to replace, but it’s possible.
Start off easy. Practice with one thing! Next time you get a job assignment or homework, do it that day. Little by little start adding more things you need to do.
Motivate yourself by saying that when you finish you can watch an episode of Breaking Bad or eat some brownies. Imagine yourself finished and the relief you’ll feel. Think of the amount of sleep you’ll get…jk you’ll probably ending up watching YouTube videos, but whatever.
The point is, I know you ca do it overnight, but why not do something you want to do during that night instead of stressing yourself out, on the verge of tears.
2/7 BAD HABITS: FEAR
Remember “I am the danger?” THAT’S YOU. Fear is a bad habit. When we hear that someone’s going to do something different or insane, we don’t know how to react. So what do we do?
We use our default reaction: fear.
We automatically tell that person that they’re crazy, that they’ll never make it, that they’re going to get hurt. Next time someone tells you that they’re going to do or be something different, tell them that you’re proud of them and that you support them.
If you have a crazy idea that you’d love to try because it’ll make you happy, go for it! It may be different but your happiness is all that matters, so don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.
3/7 BAD HABITS: BAD TIME MANAGEMENT
If you have a busy day ahead of you, organize your time wisely. Especially, when you wake up in the morning and you’re already feeling overwhelmed because you know you have a lot to do.
I have a bad habit of stressing the hell out when I realize there’s a lot to do. What I do first is make a to-do list, just to put it all out there and take a look at it. 80% of the time I realize it’s not even too much or if there’s a lot, it won’t all take too long.
After, I take out a planner (even a piece of paper works) and write down the times that I’ll work on all the stuff. Follow it though, though! Try to estimate how long you’ll take. Make sure you give yourself breaks in between, which takes me to the next bad habit…
4/7 BAD HABITS: OVERWORKING
Working on tasks that you need to do is good, but doing it all in one day with no breaks will break you. Frankly, it’ll cause you a shitload of stress and it’s not healthy.
Jesse and Heisenberg tried working for days straight and they ended up deserted in the middle of nowhere! Give yourself 20 minutes breaks in between work or take a 15 minute nap if you need. Take some time for yourself a few times a day or get some fresh air at a nearby park.
However, don’t overdo the breaks. Organize your time WISELY. Work good amounts and have small break. You’ll get more things done if you go back to work after feeling refreshed.
*I recommend getting my life saver, a passion planner. (No, I’m not getting a dime for this mention.)
5/7 BAD HABITS: TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYONE
Your absolutely can’t make everyone happy.
People try to satisfy so many others, but besides that fact that that won’t bring you the happiness that you’re expecting, it’s impossible.
Let me give you a simple example: Let’s say you hang out with a few people who all wear Vans and dislike Converse, so you get a pair to please them. However, one day you become friends with someone who hates Vans and loves Converse. Are you gonna spend more money because they dislike Vans?
Everyone likes different things. You won’t always be able to satisfy everyone. The answer to that question shouldn’t be, “I’ll get both.” It should be, “I’m going to get what I like most.”
Always do, choose, and get whatever YOU want. Yeah, you’ll please some people and others may question it, but who gives a shit? You like it and that’s all that matters.
6/7 BAD HABITS: HOLDING GRUDGES
Forgive and forget, dudes. Don’t end up like Skylar White. It can be hard, but you’re just hurting yourself when you decide to stay angry at someone.
Why should you pissed off, having a terrible day while whoever made you feel that way in the first place is probably out having a good time?
Rid yourself of the feeling that isn’t letting you feel good. Just say, “okay _____ (feeling) thank you for your time. I’ve let you take over, but now it’s time to let you go,” and go on with your life.
7/7 BAD HABITS: THINKING THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE IT ALL FIGURED OUT
Let me tell you a small story: One day, at school, we had a few great women come and tell us about themselves. Anyway, Summer, a woman around 30, told us that she had just recently discovered what she was going to do with her life.
I was so shocked. I was sure that you had to have it all figured out by the time you graduated high school, but…you don’t. You don’t need to decide what to do for the rest of your life at 17 or 18. It’s ok to not know and to be afraid, but don’t go crazy about it! You’ll have it figured out one day.
Now, don’t just wait around saying it’ll come to you like a goddamn epiphany. Go out and do stuff. Figure out what you like to do. Take different classes, talk to people, watch videos, try different things.
It’s perfectly fine if you don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, and you’ll never find out right now (unless you can tell the future) so don’t stress. It all works out in the end.