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With a New Year looming, what better time to reflect on some of the poor habits that you have developed?

A New Year is not only a time to think about the goals and things that you want to start doing, its also a good time to consider habits that perhaps aren’t doing your health, productivity or general wellbeing any favours and that you should stop doing.

9 Bad Habits To Break For 2020

COMPARISON

Comparing yourself to others is a complete waste of your time and energy. 

No matter how long you spend comparing yourself to another person, you are never going to be them. 

Instead, spend your time working on your goals, fitness and being kind to others, and you are much more likely to find happiness that way. 

People usually compare themselves to people who have a seemingly perfect life.  It’s important to remember that most people only show the very best elements of their life on social media. 

Photos are edited beyond recognition, captions are pondered for hours to appear witty and effortless. But at the end of the day, it’s all a performance and if you’re comparing yourself to people you see on Instagram with ‘perfect’ lives, then you’re comparing yourself to something that isn’t even real. 

SELF PITY

We all like to indulge in a little self-pity from time to time.  Whether you didn’t get the promotion you were hoping for, you’ve put on a few extra pounds this week, or you missed your morning bus, there is always going to be something that can be seen as a free pass to warrant a “poor me session.”  

However, wallowing does you no favours, and it doesn’t get you any further to where you want to be.  So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, get an early night and start again tomorrow.

SELF DEPRECATION

Relatable memes and videos online have created a generation of people with a very self-deprecating sense of humour. 

While it’s great to be able to laugh off your insecurities, it’s gone way too far and young people are attaching their entire sense of humour to these self-deprecating ways.

If you’re constantly making jokes about the fact that you’re always tired, forever single, awkward, boring, overweight or dumb, then you’re affirming those beliefs and damaging your self-esteem. 

Stop making jokes about yourself and instead, if there’s something that you don’t like about your appearance or your life, then work on finding ways to change it.

OVERSPENDING

With such easy access to credit cards and loans, it’s no wonder most young people have developed over-indulgent spending habits. 

Just because you’re buying something on a credit card, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to pay for it later down the line

Set yourself a budget and stick to it.  Take some time to track all the income you have coming in, and what are your essential expenses every month (rent, mortgage, utilities, mobile phone, car insurance etc).

After this, you can see exactly how much money you have remaining that can be spent or saved.  Set aside a sum of money as your spending money, and move the rest to a separate savings account.

If you’re still not sure if you will be able to stick to spending only what you have allocated in your budget, then try withdrawing your money in cash. 

Studies show that people are much less likely to overspend when they are using cash, as the psychological impact of handing over physical cash has much more effect on the mind than simply swiping a debit card.

LATE NIGHTS

I’m sorry to say that if you want to lead a happy, healthy and successful year, then the late nights need to stop.

If you’re always going to bed late, then your body isn’t getting the rest it needs to function at full efficiency during the daytime. 

Sleep deprivation leads to irritability, lack of concentration, inability to solve problems, lost creativity and sloppiness.

You’re also going to need to cut out the late nights at the weekend.  Irregular sleep patterns mean that your body clock gets confused and you will end up sleeping in late the next day to make up for going to bed late.  Then when it comes to Sunday night and you need to go to bed at a reasonable time to set yourself up for a productive week, you’re not going to be able to sleep.

Stick to the same sleep schedule all week, then getting up and falling asleep at the right time every night will be a lot easier. 

TELEVISION

I am super guilty of spending a whole weekend binge watching Grey’s Anatomy.  Before I know it, I have watched half a season in one weekend, but I haven’t done a single productive thing that I had planned.

While rest and relaxation time is essential to avoiding burnout, spending a whole day on the sofa is not going to do you any favours.  Do like the world’s most successful business people and choose to spend no more than an hour a day in front of the screen.

GOSSIPING

Gossiping can seriously damage other people’s lives by spreading false rumours and private details about their lives that they no doubt want to keep quiet.

As the person engaging in gossip, you’re also wasting your own precious time that you could be spending helping others, learning, working on your business or even just taking part in a hobby that you enjoy.

Stop spending your time talking about other people and look for friendships with people who you can share ideas, fun experiences and confide in them about your problems when you’re looking for support.

NEGLECTING YOUR HEALTH

No matter your age, your health should always be one of your primary concerns.  You only ever get one body, so you need to take care of it so that it can take you through life and permit you to do all the things that you want to do.

Get enough sleep, drink your water, eat mostly healthy and get some exercise. All these things will not only make you feel great, they will keep you looking and feeling younger and will give you the energy you need to get up every day and give 100% to whatever it is that’s important to you.

FORGETTING TO SET GOALS

If you don’t set specific, measurable and timely goals, then it becomes very easy to just stumble through your daily routine and make very little progress in the areas that are important to you.

If you’re not used to setting goals, then start small

You might want to set a goal to go out of your way to be kind to a stranger this week or to drink two litres of water every day.  As you get into the habit of setting and working on goals, you can make them more challenging and you will eventually be able to set big goals for the year that are going to help you get to where you want to be in your career and personal life.

If you need help setting goals, then you might like to read My Goals For 2020 to give yourself a few ideas.

To Finish Off…

I hope that this post gave you something to think about for habits that you need to quit in the New Year.

Let me know your favourite and if you have anything else that you want to quit going forward?

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