I am not good at sticking to New Year’s Resolutions. I manage to stick to them for about a week and then I am back to my old habits again. Whilst I love the idea of starting over, a ‘New Year, New Me’ mentality, the truth is that I am incapable of adopting and sticking to five new habits overnight. And it is not just me that is incapable of doing this, I have seen several other bloggers talking about what habits they would like to drop instead of adopt in 2018, which is seemingly much more manageable for me.
Mindlessly Scrolling & Watching YouTube
I do not want to know what percentage of my day is spent scrolling aimlessly through social media or watching yet another click-bait titled YouTube video. I often comment on how seemingly busy I am, when in reality, if I started using my spare time productively, I would probably have enough time to grab a coffee with a friend or read the book that has been sat on my nightstand for the past month. The reality is that I am gaining nothing out of this mindless behavior and I could be using the time more wisely to educate myself further on important issues.
I am not going to lie and say that this habit is going out of the window anytime soon, if at all, but I definitely need to procrastinate less often. I need to start tasks earlier instead of rushing to do them the day before the deadline, when they are probably not going to be of the best quality. I read somewhere that if a task is going to take 5 minutes or less, you should do it straight away. Instead of throwing your clothes on the floor at the end of the day, take a few minutes to hang them up – you will thank yourself when the weekend comes and you do not have to spend 20 minutes picking them all up again, by which time they have probably gotten creased.
Ignoring My Mental Health
Mental Health is like a small child – the more you ignore them, the louder they get. I have a habit of ignoring my mental health until all the negative feelings and thoughts build up and I implode. However, if I addressed the issue when I first acknowledged it, I could have avoided this implosion. Stop thinking that it is selfish to take time everyday to address my mental health and start taking more time for myself.
I am terrible for asking for help. Perhaps it is because I’m incredibly proud or because I want to maintain this perfect persona I have created for myself, but the idea of admitting my flaws terrifies me. But the truth is, nobody’s life is as perfect as it looks on social media and we all have our flaws. What skill I may lack, someone else might have, and vice versa. It is not a weakness but a strength to be able to identify your flaws and address them. You never know, asking for help may prompt someone else to ask you for help in something that they have been struggling with.
Finding Validation From External Sources
I am awesome and I should not need anyone else to tell me so. I need to stop making negative comments about myself because all they are doing is enforcing the negative mindset that I am not good enough. Sure I have my flaws and I am not perfect, but nobody is. I need to start treating myself like I would treat my best friend and stop being so harsh on myself for being human.
Comment below a habit you would like to drop in 2018!