You always see article taglines like “10 Bad Habits to Quit to be Successful” or “Stop Doing These X Things in Order to be Successful.” Or you’ll hear people feeling guilty about this bad habit or that, and I have quite a few bad habits. Some are actually bad–like staying on my phone too late right before bed or not washing my makeup before bed. Those are things I probably shouldn’t do.
However, I have a short list of “bad” habits that I actually don’t think are that terrible, and that I definitely won’t be shaking in the new year.
Not eating breakfast: On numerous lists of habits from successful people, one of the worst is skipping breakfast. But I almost never eat breakfast, and I’m doing just fine. I participate in a kind moderated intermittent fasting. I skip breakfast and usually only drink coffee and water until about 12 or 1 pm, when I eat lunch. Then I generally don’t eat dinner until around 7 or 8. And I snack a bit throughout the day.
I’ve noticed when I eat, I lose productivity points shortly after. I just feel sluggish while I’m digesting. In the mornings, particularly, if I eat breakfast, I want to sit down and “digest” for about 30 minutes. That’s 30 minutes I could be doing something else. I find I’m much more productive if I immediately start ticking items off my to-do list before I eat.
Hoarding cups in my bedroom: Ok this one may be subjective, but I know I’m not the only one of you who do this. I always have to have a glass of water on my side table when going to bed. I just usually get a new glass every night. This is kind of a bad habit that’s not benefiting me, but I know I won’t stop doing it. It’s one of the things that makes me … me … you know?
Procrastinating: I’m not someone who procrastinates too much with the big things. I get the important tasks done. However, sometimes I have dishes in the sink, trash to take out, laundry to fold, and meals to prep, but all I want to do is nap or watch TV. So…I do. There’s times when you have to work and be serious and get things done, but there are other times you just have to sigh and realize there’s more to life than dishes. They’ll be there in an hour when you wake up from an amazing nap.
Fidgeting: I have always been one to fidget. I just find myself not being to able to sit still. People always ask me, “Are you getting ready to leave?” because I sit on the edge of my sit a lot of times or tap my foot or bounce my knee. Fidgeting if oftentimes cited as an interview or communication no-go, insisting it can make the interviewer nervous or make you seem like you’re nervous. On the other hand, some studies insist fidgeting can increase productivity and burn more calories throughout the day.
I know for me, I tend to fidget more when I am trying to focus on something, like when I’m reading or trying to write. I’m tapping my foot as I type this., Whatever the reason, I know it’s not habit I will even be trying to break this year.
Do you have any habits others may consider “bad” but that you aren’t shaking? I’d love to know them! You’re probably not the only one.