Is procrastination your middle name? Do you date people who are just no good for you? Has eating french fries become your favorite pastime instead of heading to the gym?
Don't worry - we aren't doomed to a life of bad habits forever! If we're being real here, we all have something that we do that's just plain bad for us. Here's lookin' at you, bag of Butterfinger peanut butter cups on top of my fridge… *casually starts to drool*!
Last semester, these 3 following tips I came up with completely ended my procrastination habit, and I have felt liberated and empowered ever since. I hope they will work for you as well as they did for me!
1. Reward yourself when you break the pattern.
Giving yourself a pat on the back for a job well done will motivate you to keep on keeping on with your efforts to change due to excitement for what rewards the future will bring for you! For example, if you have a banana for dessert instead of Chips Ahoy cookies, reward yourself with a super-warm shower session with a delicious smelling body wash… coconut, anyone!? *sniffs the air, bloodhound-style*
2. Imagine the worst-case scenario if you never break your bad habits.
Although I definitely advocate for being optimistic, dreaming about the best-case scenario, while still inspiring, just won't work as well as scaring yourself into that best-case scenario! For example, if you don't stop procrastinating you will most certainly fail out of this college that you worked your tuchus off to get into. Now that's scary!
3. Exchange each bad habit by replacing it with a good habit.
It's a lot easier to change your behavioral patterns by consciously doing one thing (the good thing!) every time you feel inclined to do another (the bad thing you want to change!). For example, every time you want to text a gentleman from your past, literally turn your phone off for 10 minutes. And why no, putting the ringer on silent doesn't count! Eventually, you'll get so annoyed about having to keep turning your phone on and off that you'll begin to resent the person so much for making you waste all of this time, that you'll realize it's just not worth it.
Which of these tips are you going to use today?