Earlier in the series I looked at three personality traits I’m most proud of, today is the opposite. I’m going to look at my three worst habits. But not just to be negative about myself, but if I can identify my shortcomings, I can work towards improving them.
I hesitate to say lazy because once I get going, I can be very productive. But quite often it takes a lot to get me started on a project. Take writing this blog for instance. I started it up way back in 2016, but until the start of this challenge, I’d only written a handful of posts, with big gaps between them. Because of my procrastination, I often end up stressing and rushing to get things done at the last minute. This isn’t great for my anxiety, so I am trying more and more to stop this and get things done. My bullet journal has helped a lot with this, although I’ve not used it much during the school holidays (as I write this it’s still the Easter holidays for my children).
I’m lumping all these together as they’re all related. It all comes down to a lack of self-care. I know what I should do to stay healthy, but actually doing those things is another matter. Drinking enough water, getting enough exercise, moderating snacks and sweets, making sure my I take my medication on time every day are just a few of the physical habits I’m trying to cultivate. This is another example of where my bullet journal is helpful. Habit trackers, while not included in the original concept, have become a staple in the community
I spend far too much time in front of a screen. Whether that’s checking my phone first thing in the morning before I get out of bed, or playing mobile games on my iPad throughout the day, watching YouTube videos, scrolling through social media, playing games on my PC, or scrolling again in bed rather than reading my book. This is something I can actively try to reduce starting today. It’s well-known that the blue light from electronic devices can interrupt your body’s circadian rhythm and make it more difficult to fall asleep (it’s why there is a night mode on your phone, which switches the light from blue-based to yellow-based). Here’s a link to an article about it, in case you want to read up. But knowing this, I’m still one of the many people that sit up in bed on a device rather than reading or actually getting some sleep.
What are some of your bad habits? Do you have a plan to stop them? Are they similar to mine? Let me know in the comments below. If you’re enjoying the series remember you can follow the blog here on WordPress or Follow my blog with Bloglovin. If you’re new here, you can catch up from day 1 here.
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