The Not-To-Do List: 10 Habits You Need to Quit Now

Your daily routine can say a lot about how successful you are going to be in achieving your goals. The way you choose to spend your time can indicate how focused you are on your targets and how efficient you are. This means that your daily habits can determine how successful you are going to be and how long it will take you to get there.

Having said that, you need to be able to use your time wisely every day and focus all your energy on those things that matter. If you are instead focusing on the wrong things, doing something useless or unproductive, you risk hindering your chances of success.

Take a look at these 10 habits you will need to quit right away in order to become more productive:

1. Staying up Late

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If you tend to stay up late, you risk damaging your health. Not getting enough sleep (up to 7-8 hours) weakens your immune system and makes it easier for you to get sick. While being a ‘midnight owl’ can help you get things done especially when you are busy throughout the day, it’s best to avoid it to ensure that as fresh and productive the next day as possible.

2. Finding Excuses

How often do you say to yourself ‘I don’t have enough time’ or ‘I will do it tomorrow’? Making excuses means not taking action and choosing not to take control of your life. When you are putting off assignments, you can do today you risk forgetting about them. Not to mention – you are putting additional pressure on yourself the day after when you will have more things to deal with.

Check out this motivational video above to remind yourself how important it is to stop finding excuses and putting more obstacles in your way.

3. Wasting Time

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Time is money, and you need to learn how to spend it wisely. Write down a list of what you need to do every day and stick to it no matter what. Carry it with you and constantly remind yourself what your daily goals are. Assess the time you will need to complete each task to ensure that you are making the most of your time.

To help you out identify time wasters, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is this important?
  • Is it worth the time?
  • How can this help me accomplish my goals?
  • Can I skip this to spend more time on important things?

4. Comparing Yourself to Others

Look in the mirror, that’s your competition. The only person you need to compete with is yourself. Stop wasting your energy comparing yourself with other people and focus on winning your own battle. Since everyone is different, they have different needs, wants and priorities. Discover your own and work on how to get there.

Here are some great ways to do this:

  • When you catch yourself doing comparisons, change your focus.
  • Count your blessings and focus on what you have.
  • Find your own strengths.
  • Be OK with not being perfect.
  • Learn from others as a source of motivation.

5. Complaining


There is no reason to complain about not getting the things you want. This ruins your mood and takes you 10 steps backward ending up where you first started. If things don’t go your way, acknowledge the fact and make some plans to change it. Learn how to embrace failure and appreciate your life to become happier.

6. Criticising Others

Criticism takes you nowhere near success. If you want to be a true leader you need to be able to motivate others, not criticise them about how they are doing their job. When you do that, you are not only interfering with another’s self-esteem, but you are also poisoning yourself by spreading negative energy out into the universe.

Instead of criticising try the following:

  • Talk about the incident, not the person.
  • Give praise openly and suggest changes privately.
  • Avoid humiliating others.

7. Spending Time on Social Media

Did you know that checking your Facebook news feed constantly is bad for your health? Studies have shown that the longer you are on Facebook the worse you feel. This is partly because it makes you feel that you are wasting your time doing something that’s useless and less meaningful than going outside, for instance. Put some limitations on the amount of time you are spending on social media and learn how to say no to temptations.

8. Thinking You Know Everything

Having self-confidence and believing in your abilities is great. Thinking that you are better than others, and you know everything is not – on the contrary it’s self-destructive. Life itself is a journey of learning. As you go along, you need to be more accepting and willing to take in other people’s opinions so that you can grow yourself and broaden your knowledge.

9. Blaming Others

If you find yourself nowhere near achieving your goals it is nobody’s fault but your own. Since it’s your responsibility to go after the things you want, there is no use in blaming others about how your life has ended up. This is not only unproductive but also self-limiting. When you are blaming others, you are slowing down your progress and delaying your dreams as you avoid admitting your own mistakes and making these obvious to others.

10. Looking at the Past

Reminiscing the past and drawing attention to past failures can stop you from moving forward out of fear and negativity. The only reason you should be looking at the past is to review what you have learned along the way and evaluate your progress so far. This will help you become better at what you do, increasing your chances of achieving a better future.

Breaking these 10 bad habits can help you become more productive thus more successful in the long run. If you feel that your habits are preventing you from making the most of the day, make the necessary changes to your lifestyle and be as productive as possible!

See Also: How to Break Bad Habits

Are any of these bad habits familiar to you? Let us know in the comments section below…



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