Monday, April 9, 2012

How to Quit Bad Habits. Permanently

Bad habits are just that, things that we have been doing or we are used to doing that we shouldn't. Many people bite their nails, others have even worse habits like smoking, or drinking. Then there's procrastination. The worst habit for many, especially writers.

So, how do we get rid of these bad habits? and permanently?

I have the bad habit of leaving all of my important work till the very last minute. This is bad because I have so much work, and usually I can get it done within a day, but then there are times when I stop working and I fall so far behind that I actually do not make my deadlines..

Yep, extremely bad habit.

Lately, I've made it my mission to get up before anyone else in the house and get as much work done as possible without stopping. I've been doing this for a whole month, and so far I'm noticing very positive results. I'm not only looking to stop this bad habit, but get rid of it completely, since I have so many responsibilities and I feel as if I need to get back on track on things. 

But, How?

Bad habits, are habits that are developed during long periods of time, mostly because we let things slip, or because we just do or let "things happen". Most of the time, we develop bad habits because we are too busy or we just do not notice all of the small things that are going on around us. 

In order to stop bad habits permanently, we need to be able to see what we are doing, and when things happen. For example: When I wake up in the morning and finish getting ready for a brand new day of work, the first thing that I do is turn on my computer and check my e-mails to see what new assignments I have. This usually takes me about 10 to 15 minutes. 

Then, I start working on the assignments that are due within a day or so, and leave the others that are not due for a week, or less time till later. Right away: BAD!

So now, instead of leaving everything till the last minute. I try to do as many assignments as I can during the day, and later on do some free writing on my blog or on sites such as Helium or Triond when I have time. This actually helps me keep track of everything that I am doing much better, and I am seeing that I am getting more clients, and more money!

In order to stop bad habits permanently, we need to pay close attention to what we are doing, and WHY we do it and just set a goal in our minds to stop doing these things slowly. Bad habits can cause problems in other parts of our lives it we let them. So in order to stop these bad habits, we basically need to make it impossible for us to keep up with these habits every day. 

It is possible for us to quit bad habits permanently, especially if it is for work, or a business. We just need to work on these things, and make sure we keep up with what we have to do!

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