Your life is a limited resource, so every day, you should do your best to make sure you are making the most of it. That includes improving yourself and getting rid of those bad habits that are sapping away your time and happiness.
Here are five bad habits destroying your quality of life and a description of what you can do to improve things.
If there is one thing that most people are guilty of, it is procrastination. Whether it is homework, cleaning the house, or other duties around the house, people put things off until they are forced to do them at the last minute.
A quick tip would be to use the Pareto principle of 80/20 which will help you be more productive in your life. So if you are a serial procrastinator and realize that working on yourself and improving yourself is important, then make sure you do what you can to change that habit before it ruins your life.
If you do not know whether or not you are a procrastinator, you can take a free Enneagram test online to discover what your fears are and how these fears may lead to such self-limitations.
Delegating is a valuable skill many people need to learn how to effectively use and manage. You should not be a slave to everyone else, and often it can seem like there is so much to do that you never have time for yourself or your goals. This can leave you drained out by the end of the day with nothing accomplished.
Instead, learn to turn down people when they sometimes ask you to do things for them. That leaves you free to use your time and energy on the things that matter most to you because there are not so many obligations that require your attention. You can start by turning down little things, as it will train you to stop taking on unnecessary work or projects and focus on what is essential.
Being able to multitask is often praised as a desirable skill. However, the reality is that it is more important to do one thing well than a bunch of things badly. Few people can multitask effectively, and even fewer can do it for hours. It will lead to burnout and stress because you cannot concentrate on doing any one thing at its fullest potential.
You will need to learn how to focus on your work and give each task your complete attention. If you try to do too much at once, you will often find yourself unable to accomplish all the things that need to be done.
Every time you sit down to work on something, ensure there are no distractions like other people or technology.
One of the most common bad habits is poorly managing your downtime and shunning your free time in favor of work that is either pointless or non-essential for your goals. The problem here is not so much the work as your attitude towards work. You can always do something productive with your time, such as learning a new skill or building a business. However, getting caught in the idea that you always need to work on something when you do not is easy.
Schedule time for yourself where there are no distractions, and you are free to do whatever you want.
Not Setting Goals
Most people have goals set for themselves, but few write these goals down on paper. Writing your goals down increases productivity and commitment to the actual plan itself. By writing your goals down and reviewing them daily, you will have a sense of purpose that can drive you forward.
Set short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals. Review these at least once weekly so you can set milestones for each goal.
The key to changing bad habits is to first recognize what you need to change, then be accountable for making the necessary adjustments. The next step is to develop better habits that replace your old ones. Keep track of these habits in a journal or on your phone, so you can monitor how well you stick with them.