- By Dwaipayan, 28 August 2020 | 6 MIN READ
Bad habits dramatically impede the path of your success. You will not even know how things turn worse for you. Warren Buffett says, “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they're too heavy to be broken.”
If you have self-control – and a lot of it! You can get rid of bad habits or develop good habits. Self-control also serves as the foundation for a strong work ethic and high productivity. Self- control is sort of a muscle—to build it up you would like to exercise it. You just need to practice flexing your self-control muscle to break the bad ones.
1. Limit Screen time during bedtime
This is a colossal one! Do you know most of our favorite evening devices—laptops, tablets, and mobile phones—emit short-wavelength blue light brightly and right in your face. This exposure impairs melatonin production and interferes together with your ability to fall asleep also like the standard of your sleep once you are nodding off. The reason why you’re alert during the daytime is that sunlight contains high concentrations of blue light. The blue light halts production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and causes you to feel more alert. It is best to avoid or limit the use of these devices after dinner for quality good night sleep.
2. The interruptions
Because it takes you 15 uninterrupted minutes of focus before you can fully immerse yourself in a task, the slightest of interruptions could break your productivity. Social media, games, browsing are all major interrupters during work, and they affect the euphoric state of increased productivity called flow. Shuffle between your work and play and you can go through an entire day without experiencing flow.
3. Mid-conversation mobile disruptions
Nothing is more annoying for the other person like a mid-conversation text message popping up every now and then. When you plan a conversation, focus all of your energy on the conversation. You will find that conversations are more enjoyable and effective once you immerse yourself in them.
4. Notifications as big interrupters
Multiple notifications are a productivity nightmare. Studies have shown that hopping on your phone and email every time they ping for your attention causes your productivity to plummet. Notifications pool, all your emails, and texts cutaway productive ways of working.
5. Don’t say “Yes” every time
Research shows that the more difficulty that you simply have to say no, the more likely you're to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. When it’s time to mention no, emotionally intelligent people avoid phrases like “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not certain.” Just remind yourself that saying no is an act of self-control now which will increase your future self-control by preventing the negative effects of over-commitment.
6. Avoid multitasking during meetings
Avoid multitasking during meetings, it hurts your image by creating an impression that you believe you are more important than everyone else. Just remember, if a meeting isn’t worth your full attention, then you shouldn’t be attending it in the first place; and if the meeting is worth your full attention, then you would like to urge everything you'll out of it.
7. Take your own sweet time! you know you’ll succeed
Do you know most writers spend countless hours brainstorming their characters and plots? They do this because they know that ideas need time to develop. Jodi Picoult summarized the importance of avoiding perfectionism perfectly: “You can edit a bad page, but you can’t edit a blank page.” Sensible isn’t it?
8. Do not try to compare yourself with other people
You’re unique, there is no second replica of yours. When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your happiness. When you feel good about something that you’ve done, don’t allow anyone’s opinions or accomplishments to require that faraway from you.
9. Be accountable and stop the blaming game
You will not reap any benefits from blaming or accusing others. The way to be happy is to be accountable for your actions and responsible for your consequences.
10. Stay away from unhealthy food
Avoid highly processed foods, burgers, and sodas to stay fit. A well-balanced diet is good for you, once in a while, you can cheat the day and commit the sin of having junk food. A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity, almost like addictive drugs.
So here we are with the 10 bad habits and their affects on your mind and body. The good news is that you can quit them all with not much but a little determination. Just find out your own bad habits and take these above suggestions to quit them. A better way to live, and you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!
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