Habits to Avoid

Habits to Avoid

I love these tips from Bernard Marr and I think they hit home as I'm striving to really fine tune my goals and what "success" looks like for me.

I've found that I'm not the greatest at goal setting, but when I do have those goals set for myself, I can absolutely 100% get lost in the details and even let those small, non-related tasks get in the way of moving forward. Thinking about my personality / how I'm wired, I know I'm guilty of a few of these...

Avoid trying to achieve perfection.

I think with perfection, comes a fear of failure. Wanting to be perfect, or to do something perfectly, can hamper success because there is that hesitation of taking a step forward because there are those thoughts of "what if this isn't right...what if I should do it differently" and those thoughts can paralyze a person from taking a step at all.

Avoid waiting for opportunity to knock.

I'm a firm believer that we're all here for a reason, and we may not know what that reason is. That doesn't mean, however, that we should just sit around and wait for the phone to ring. Instead of wondering "why not me" when a friend gets that new job they've been wanting or has a new opportunity presented to them, get up and make it happen for you! It may be hard to put yourself out there, but it's worth it.

Avoid distractions

Technology is great, isn't it? I mean just think about it. We have, at our fingertips, a way to connect to friends, relatives, colleagues, classmates, etc. This can come in the form of text messages, e-mails, Facebook, Instagram, and more. However, have you stopped to think about how much time we waste by our phone alerting us someone sent us a text or commented on a post we made? Not only do we lose that momentum we had working on whatever task was in front of us, but now we have to remember where we were to get back to that mental place. Turn off your phone (or at least the sound) and turn on your drive.

Avoid neglecting your priorities

It's hard to say no. I'm hoping I'm not the only one who feels this way. Whether it's at your 9-5 job or staying at home with your kiddos, it's easy to turn into a yes person. In some respects, this isn't a bad thing. Of course you want to make sure your work tasks are completed and with kiddos, it's sometimes easier to say yes than no. However, you need to make sure your priorities are still your priorities. This may mean saying no if your supervisor asks if you want to chair a new committee or if your child's school asks you to volunteer for their carnival. Make sure you have time for you and to work towards your goals.

Avoid procrastinating

I feel like this is where I excel...I procrastinate by getting bogged down in small details that really don't have anything to do with me moving towards my goals. Instead of taking those steps forward, I will think of a million reasons or other things that "need" to be done, but we all know they don't. To combat this, I've started keeping a daily to do list. Every day I write down what needs to happen that day and it absolutely keeps me on task!

Avoid resisting change

Creatures of habit, UNITE! I'm a huge fan of uniformity and consistency, however that doesn't always lead itself to helping me grow as a person. Today's world moves fast, and that includes changes on a whim. While uniformity and consistency have their place, it's also good to learn AND try new things.

Avoid multitasking

I don't know that I agree with this one. I think everyone, on some level, multitasks. Whether you've got a project you're working on at work when the phone rings with a colleague who needs your feedback or you're trying to get your most recent blog article written when one of your kiddos needs you to help them find a book. I think it's just something that we all do - not saying everyone is a multitasking pro, but it's something we all have to do. I do think it's important for a person to be able to recognize what they've got on their plate, what task needs to have top priority, and how to get it all done.

I think it's good to take a look at oneself and be able to constructively look at areas you have for growth and areas you know you are strong at. If you've been feeling like you do a lot during the day, but not sure what all you are doing, try avoiding a few of these habits and make sure you take time for you!

What are your thoughts on these habits? Would you add anything?

Mary Christy

Mary Christy


You were meant to live this life, not just go through the motions. Go ahead and eat that cookie...run that race...don't forget that you are beYOUtiful!

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