We’ve all got a bad habit or two that aren’t so good for us and can oftentimes be an annoyance for other people. There is a reason that they’re called bad habits and for many people those habits have been around for years, proving very difficult to break. The first step to breaking them is of course recognizing that you have a bad habit, so once that’s done take a look at these 3 common bad habits and how to break them.
Are you one of those people who have a constant habit of being late everywhere you go? This bad habit causes problems for you both professionally and personally as it can disrupt your life and cause repercussions such as write-ups at work, missing out on exciting experiences because you showed up too late and annoying friends and family who are left waiting for you. Breaking this habit isn’t easy, but there are a few tricks to make it happen.
First, over compensate by making a new habit of arriving 30 minutes early to your scheduled appointments; this may seem like overkill, but it will allow you to get in the habit of reworking your schedule to always be one time. Second, think about the repercussions of being late and keep them in mind. Are you going to get in trouble for being late? Are you going to hurt someone’s feelings if you leave them waiting? These are important things that can help you keep on task and resolved to always be on time.
This bad habit is shared by about 22% of the US population and is something that not only effects the people around you, but your health as well. Many have tried to quit smoking and failed, so it is truly a hard habit to break, but it can be done. Sometimes one of the best starting points for breaking this habit is by exposing yourself to the harsh realities of what smoking can do to your body so overload yourself with the countless statistics on smoking. From the fact that it causes one in five deaths in the United States to the fact that for every death caused by smoking 20 more people are serious affected by smoking related illnesses. Beyond get a wakeup call, breaking this habit relies on a combination of determination, support and aids such as nicotine gum or a smoking patch.
Have you ever been compared to an overzealous animal chomping on their meal when you eat? If you have you know the embarrassment and annoyance that can be found from being a noisy eater. Breaking this habit is hard because oftentimes we’re not even aware of doing it until someone points it out. A great way to break it is by first understanding what you sound like when you eat; record yourself eating and identity the noises you make. By understanding what you sound like you are better able to hear them while you eat and consciously curb the habit every time you do it. Another way to break it is by changing your habits when eating such as taking smaller bites or chewing slower.