My life, last year, was a bed of rocks-not roses.
I started the year as clueless as Alice in Wonderland, figuring out what next to do with my life.
I had just concluded a voluntary yet mandatory one year service to my country.
I had some amount of money I gathered but didn’t know how to multiply, started a blog without purpose and failed badly.
I left home to sort out my life and ended up spending every single penny I had saved.
It was a crazy hand-to-mouth experience that had me frustrated and depressed all the way.
Finally, I found freelance writing but that is a story for another good day…
On New year’s eve, I resolved to put an end to some unproductive habits that made the last year horrible.
It’s not a gag, but if you don’t intentionally commit yourself to growth, your life won’t get better.
You need a strong ‘why’ to stay committed to productivity and personal development.
I woke up one blessed morning, stood in front of the mirror, and right there stood my why…
It was me, but not me. It was the reflection of the woman I was going to become.
I dashed to get my pen and journal, and made a list of habits I’m stopping to become my dream woman.
For a very fine year and life, here are those 5 habits I promise to let go. Good riddance to bad rubbish!
1. Not To Be Broke
This right here is a tough one, and it’s always been top of my list for ages. Haha! I don’t even know how I pull it off whenever.
Life could get crazy at times, I have so much today, and I wake up tomorrow… And poof, I’m like “where the hell did all my money go?.”
If you do your best to sustain yourself like me, I am giving you a virtual hug right now. No matter your level now, you are doing great…so let’s do more.
Not getting broke won’t happen by magic. I honestly wish I’m a part-time magician so that I can wave my wand and have all the cash flying around.
2. Not To Overfeed
Overeating, for me, is a thing. Like…”how would anyone want to score a goal like this?”
I know it probably sounds like some ridiculously crazy goal, but I’m on it. Don’t tell anyone.
So, most times, I find it effing hard to plan my day while working from home.
Truth is, either I forget to eat at all, or I unleash my aggressive hunger on a meal, and feed myself till my belly begins to cry.
I find it hard to eat enough and not more…but lately, I’ve been holding the forth; winning in this war against overfeeding.
I workout often and eat healthy now. Trust me, exercise is a boost to life and business productivity.
3. Not To Wake Up By 9AM Again
“Sally, don’t ever wake up by this time again, unless, of course, you attended a vigil,” I told myself after waking up 9:04am on Monday.
I know how much entrepreneurs struggle to be productive when they work from home.
As a shameless night owl, I stay up all night, sleep at dawn and wake up REALLY late in the morning.
I wake up when my whole morning has almost passed away. But, It boils down to discipline, right?
I have been doing better. I’m still a night owl, but I get up far earlier than 9am. And I’m still improving.
4. Not To Procrastinate
I used to deserve an award for this, I’m gradually becoming a better person.
Procrastination is not just a thief of time, it steals purpose.
You want to do this and that, but you’re feeling lazy and can’t get shit done when you’re not motivated. You zip it up and say ‘not today, maybe tomorrow.’
Don’t postpone your goals, dreams, and life plans. What’s the point postponing anyways?
The time won’t stop ticking. It’s not going to wait for anyone-not you, not the new-born baby of that woman down the street.
If you want to start something, just do! Stop waiting for things to be perfect, or till you get a hyper-motivation. Motivate yourself, take the leap.
I waited too long to become a freelance writer, but don’t be like that. We drag important stuff cause we think overthink, just act!
5. Not To Wish More Than I Do
I wake up those times, feeling so elated in my spirit and wishing all my big fat dreams would come true.
I understand how important it is to conceive your dreams in your mind, but wishing and wishing without acting gives no result.
Don’t just wish you had enough money to do whatever, make enough of it instead.
Rather than fantasize the whole day (when you’re not a creative writer or artist), let those wishes push you to work instead.
I am still improving as my Rome won’t get built in one day. So, have a WHY, that is, what keeps you going. Fight every goal-block, focus on self-development, and smash your life goals.
What unproductive habits are you stopping for a better life this year? Let me know in the comments.