Break These Habits. Be More Awesome

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Breaking Habits

As sure as death and taxes, we’ve all got bad habits. When they start to take over your day and snatch away valuable time you know it’s time to be accountable and make some changes. Of course we all know the old familiar culprits – poor time management, obsessively checking your phone, multi-tasking – but you may not even be aware of some of the bad habits that have crept into your workday. Imagine how much better you’d be if you stopped doing this dumb stuff! Start by making small changes, and giving yourself a little reward when you do the right thing, then say hello to all the hours you’ll get back.

1. WAITING FOR THE PERFECT TIME TO START
No matter what it is you’re putting off, the perfect time rarely ever comes. Start today – you’ll thank yourself tomorrow.

2. HITTING SNOOZE
How could something that feels so good be so wrong? When you first wake up in the morning, your endocrine system begins releasing alertness hormones that set you up for the day. By going back to sleep you’re slowing the whole system down. That extra nine minutes isn’t giving you the proper rest you need anyway, so just skip it.

3. NOT PRIORITISING
Like multi-tasking, if you fail to prioritise your goals and try taking all of them on at once, you’ll never be able to truly master any. Figure out what’s most important to you and stick with it.

4. CHECKING YOUR PHONE BEFORE BED
Studies show that the blue light given off by your phone/laptop/tablet is ruining your sleep by suppressing production of melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate your sleep cycle. Research also suggests that those with lower melatonin levels are more prone to depression. So do yourself a favour, put your phone to bed at least an hour before you.

BONUS: if you use the alarm clock on your phone you’ll have to walk across the room to turn it off in the morning, discouraging that addictive snooze hit.

5. NOT TAKING BREAKS
It sounds counter-intuitive, but getting away from your desk every now and then could actually help you get more work done. By giving your brain a rest and time to recharge, you’ll regain focus, retain information better and strengthen your problem solving abilities.

6. GETTING LOST IN THE DETAILS
Can’t see the forest for the trees? Take a step back and make sure you’re not focusing on stuff that might not really matter in the long run.

7. BECOMING A SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY
By defining yourself by what you can and can’t do you give yourself an excuse not to try. Start by making your goal part of your identity – become that person who reads a book a week, or who leaps out of bed each morning.

8. NOT KNOWING WHAT YOUR BAD HABITS ARE
If you wanna make your work (and yourself) a better place take a look at yourself and make that change.


Give these habits the old heave-ho and you’ll be happier, healthier and miraculously have loads more time on your hands. By definition, habits are hard to break, but it’s not impossible. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you find you’re falling into old patterns, but consciously correct yourself and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

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