Bad habits are like a metal chain that is so hard to break but almost nothing is impossible with determination and consistency. Success is at everybody’s reach, the only different is individual propensity to put in extra practical effort towards being more productive on daily bases.
Bad habits can easily creep in and settle into your life but all you require is some level of discipline and self control to scrape it out of your life. Even psychological reaches carried out on students has shown that self-control is twice as important as IQ in earning a college high GPA.
Therefore, if you want wish to lead easier and goal orient lifestyle here are habits you must eliminate from your daily routine.
1. Operating your phone, tablet or computer in bed
The reason why indulging this habit hampers your productivity is simple. Sleeping is an essential necessity for proper body and brain function. So the explanation here is, short-wavelength blue light plays an important role in your mood, energy level and sleep quality. In the morning, sunlight contains high concentrations of this blue light.
When your eyes are exposed to it directly, the blue light halts production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and makes you feel more alert. In the afternoon, the sun’s rays lose their blue light, which allows your body to produce melatonin and start making you sleepy. By the evening, your brain doesn’t expect any blue light exposure and is very sensitive to it.
Now, the same thing happens with most electronic devices that emit short-wavelength blue light brightly in your face. This interferes with your good night sleep, and poor night’s sleep clogs the brain leading to poor productivity.
2. Checking your phone during a conversation
Besides being one of the habit attributed to extremely boring people, checking your phone in a middle of conversations is considered rude and a turn-off for most people. Committing to a conversation makes you a good and fun company and you’ll find that conversations are more enjoyable and effective when you immerse yourself in them.
3. Passivity: Saying “yes” when you mean “no” vise visa
Did you know that the more difficulty you have saying no when you’re suppose to, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout and even depression, all of which erode self-control. Many people finds this very challenging and ‘no’ is one of the powerful words one should never be afraid to wield.
You must learn to avoid phrases like “Maybe I can or I don’t think I can,” to avoid pilling up commitments and fulfilling any of them. Saying no to a new commitment will help you honors the existing ones and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them.
It is wrong for people to believe that multitasking yields more results. No task deserves half your attention, whether at home, office. Multitasking in a middle of important work or meeting reduces your rate of productivity for the day by 70% which is as good idling away.
Overt curiosity can lure people into gossiping and gossipers tends to derive pleasure in other people’s misfortunes. Instead of discussing other people, focus on learning positive things from interesting people and developing your potentials. As Eleanor Roosevelt said: “Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events and small minds discuss people.”
6. Comparing yourself to others
If you ever believe in destiny there’ll be no sense in comparing yourself with others. Why? because just as everybody have different birthdays and even identical twins have different personalities, thinking others are better than you or you’re better than them is a complete flop. By doing so, you’ll remain miserable for the rest of your life unless you understand that no one is ‘great’ in every aspect of life.
Regardless of what people think of you, one thing is certain — you’re never as good or bad as they say you are, or are they good or bad as you think they are either.
7. Waiting to act until you know you’ll succeed
No matter the circumstances, you must be ready to welcome success at all times, that is to say, you don’t stop experimenting on your ideas just because you think they’re not perfect and might not be any good. Great inventors like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison have tried and failed thousands of times before they were able to produce something worth their efforts.
How can you ever produce something great if you don’t take the first step by starting and give your ideas time to evolve? Like Benjamin Disraeli said: “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes ”
8. Impulsive surfing the internet
You might be amazed to know that it takes 15 minutes for your brain to focus fully on a task and when it does, your mind often transcend into a euphoric state of increased productivity. According to a certain research, people in the euphoric state are five times more productive than otherwise.
Therefore entertain any form of distractions, you’ll loose the flow and that simply means you have to go through another 15 minutes of continuous focus to reenter the euphoric state.
9. Receiving Multiple notification
Social media notification is the biggest productivity obstacles. Yeah, you might think that being notified every time an e-mail or phone message drops onto your phone is productive, but it’s not. It would be if you pool all your e-mails/texts and check them at designated times (e.g., respond to your e-mails every hour). This is a proven, productive way to work.
10. Thinking about toxic people
Toxic people are all around, could be among friends, colleagues, neighbor etc. Such people can be a thorn in the flesh but you can avoid them easily by thinking more about others who sweetens your life and give them all your attention instead.