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7 Deadly Traits and Habits That I'm Still Trying To Cut Off
Some activities when done in succession will become a habit. They can be a good one or a bad one, it depends on the activity that we're talking about.
Ever since I started writing/blogging, I'm able to spend most of my spare time doing productive things, and the most significant activities that I'm doing are either writing or reading.
The writing part includes quotes, poems, fiction stories, life experiences, personal views, and so many other things that I never knew I can make out of thin air. While the reading includes news, guides, academic writings, and the ones I've mentioned in the writing section.
By making reading and writing a daily habit, I've gained a lot of benefits, one of them being the improvement of my mental state. I've become less toxic, less self-deprecating, and calmer. I also feel that I've finally opened the gates to my creativity that's been locked up ever since an incident that happened in my childhood.
I'm also becoming more responsive and open to criticism ever since I started this whole project. I'm not saying that I don't listen to criticism or that I'm totally toxic per se, it's just that I often stop listening to all 'negative' feedbacks even if it's actually a step towards the right direction before.
From the occasional working experience, life lessons, daily struggles, writing blocks, cryptocurrency news and updates, to even sharing your daily routines and habits, I've learned a lot from the members of this community. Not to mention by actively writing and reading here, I'm getting more proficient in writing and reading in English unconsciously.
That being said, I'm still struggling to cut off a few habits and traits that are harmful to me in one way or another. These include procrastination, indecisiveness, overthinking, being easily distracted, lack of exercise, slouching, and fear of failure, to mention a few. Let's uncover all the things that I've mentioned.
I don't remember when I started developing this really bad habit, but currently, it is the root of most of my problems. I'll still manage to submit all my tasks, homework, and projects right on time, but for most cases, I'll start working on it just hours before the given deadline.
I feel like I get so much work done in the last minutes due to the adrenaline rush I got from looking at the timer. And because of my procrastination, a lot of my schedules fall apart, and I can't really start having a healthy daily routine. For the past few years, I've been awake till late at night, sometimes even until dawn while I'm not doing anything but looking at the screen blankly.
I learned about the importance of making a priority scale for my daily activities. Yet when the time comes when I have to decide between doing task A, task B, or task C to start, my priority scale becomes useless as I get confused and worried about each one of them. This is directly related to my next problem,
Due to my procrastination and indecisiveness, I developed another bad trait that is causing a disturbance in my daily life, which is overthinking.
Before I started doing something, no matter how small and insignificant it actually is, I tend to overthink the impact of said action. This trait might be beneficial before performing an important action or making a big decision, but for the small things in life, I find it really annoying and exhausting.
Being easily distracted
Having the privilege to attain higher education, I should be spending my time focusing on studies and learning as much as I can. Yet during online classes, I often get distracted by my phone or laptop. Notifications from social media, updates for the manga I followed, or even a rise or drop in the price of a certain stock or crypto. These are just a few things that can distract me from online classes. Not to mention chatting with friends or reading articles during class...
And I haven't talked about the distraction when writing an article. Noise, Youtube Videos, and background songs will drive my mind somewhere else when I should be focused on writing. This causes me to spend so much unnecessary time and focus on writing when I should've been able to write it so much faster and in better quality.
Lack of exercise
I'll admit that I'm not the most diligent person regarding sports. I really like playing football and basketball, but I don't really like running and all the cardio stuff. I won't blame the pandemic as there are still so many ways to exercise at home, but I'll just say that it took my chance of exercising in the ways I found most enjoyable. In the meanwhile, I only jog once in a while, and that is only when I found huge motivation and free time to exercise for a longer period.
My body shape has been reduced to a trash bin if I'm being honest. Most of the time, I spent almost the whole day sitting down. Either for the online class, doing assignments, writing and reading articles, and not mention watching videos. And my sitting posture ain't the best either. I tried fixing it when I realize sudden pain in my body, but my body has unconsciously defaulted to a bad posture.
Fear of failure
I feel like this is the second biggest root of problems that I have. I was never raised to be a perfectionist and my parents have kinda given up on telling me to achieve the top 1% in class, yet I still have fear of failure in everything that I'm doing. So far, my life has been just going with the flow, and just focusing on a daily basis, but I'm scared to think about the future.
The simplest example of this problem is my writing. I'm worried about how people perceive my works, and how they will respond to them. Even if I keep telling myself everything will get better, the cloud of anxiety keeps following me around in my every step. This is especially true when I'm thinking about my future career after graduation. I feel like this topic needs a proper discussion and advice, so I'll keep it for a future article, perhaps sometime soon.
I'm trying my best to slowly cut off these bad traits and habits as I know that change is a process that takes a lot of time and effort, and cannot be done as a one-time-only event. And besides the ones that I've mentioned above, I know that there are still many things that I need to fix about myself. But I believe that as long as I keep holding on and try my best, things will start to get better.
For friends, readers, fellow writers, and most especially, these amazing people:
Let me take this chance to thank each and every one of you for reading this article and supporting me. You have been one of my biggest daily motivations to get better at writing and become a better person, and I'm really grateful to find a community like this where I can express myself freely.