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 shit thing prevents us from doing what we need until last minute, which then prevents us from getting any sleep. 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.
Watching a tv show when you’re done with work is 10x more satisfying then when in the back of your mind is the thing you need to finish.
I know you can do it over night, but that’s stressful. So stop doing it!
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 or that they’ll never make it. 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.
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 anything I can’t handle.
After, I do it all. Sometimes I assign everything a time, sometimes I don’t. 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.
Jesse and Heisenberg tried working for days straight, and they ended up deserted in the middle of nowhere
Give yourself 20-minute breaks in between work or take a 15-minute nap. 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 take small breaks. You’ll get more things done if you go back to work after feeling refreshed.
5/7 BAD HABITS: TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYONE
You can’t make everyone happy.
Everyone likes different things. You won’t always be able to satisfy everyone because it’s impossible. Going to college may sound great to one pair of friends, while it sounds like the worst idea to another.
Always do, choose, and get whatever YOU want. Yes, some might question your choice, and others might love your decision, 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 remain pissed off and have 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 the high school I attended, we had a few badass women come and tell us about their experiences. 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 okay 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.
You got this. Let me know in the comments which of these habits you’ll be breaking!