With a twist to the common list of habits that are useful to establish, here are 7 habits that you do best to avoid.
1. Not showing up.
Maybe you’ve heard this quote by Woody Allen: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
I think this applies to most areas of life. If you write or paint more, each day perhaps, you will improve quickly. If you get out more you can meet more new friends. If you go on more dates, your chances of meeting someone special increases. Just showing up more can really make a big difference. Not showing up will not get you anywhere.
2. Procrastinating half the day.
3. When actually doing something, doingdome thing that isn’t the most important thing right now.
One of the easiest habits to get stuck in, besides procrastinating, is to keep yourself busy with unimportant tasks.
To be effective you probably need some kind of time management-system. It might be something really simple, like using the 80/20-rule at the beginning of each day. The 80/20 rule, or the Pareto Principle as it’s also known, says that you’ll get 80 percent of your results from only 20 percent of your tasks and activities. So you need to focus most of your energy on those few important tasks to be effective.
4. Thinking too much.
And thereby seldom taking action. Paralysis by analysis can waste years of your life. There is nothing wrong with thinking before you do something. Do some research, make a plan,and explore potential upsides and problems.
5. Seeing the negative and downsides in just about anything.
When you see everything from a negative perspective, you quickly punch a hole in your own motivation. You find problems and faults everywhere where there are really none. Youcling to details. If you want to find a reason not to do something then that’s no problem. From a negative viewpoint you can find ten reasons every time.
6. Clinging to your own thoughts and being closed to outside influences.
It can be hard to admit that what you thought or believed was not the best alternative. So you cling to your thoughts harder and harder and keep your mind closed. This makes it hard to improve and for instance to become more effective. Even really considering the possibility that you can change your life can be difficult in this position.
7. Constantly on information overload.
With information overload I don’t just mean that you read a lot. I pretty much mean an overload in all input. If you just let all information flow into your mind, it will be hard to think clearly. It’s just too much stimulation.
Just like finding habits that can be useful for you, it’s important to find habits that are holding you back. Most of these 7 habits can easily become such a normal, everyday part of life that you hardly notice it (or how it’s affecting you). I’ve dabbled with all of them quite a bit. Not surprisingly I didn’t get much of the important stuff done. I’d also like to add that these are just7 broad habits you can establish to become highly ineffective in most parts of your life. I pretty sure there are several more.