We're trying to create good habits for better time management and better work results. But, we might not know that some old thinking habits we have are having an impact on our progress.
So that's what I'll cover for Day 16:
5 Bad Mental Habits to Break
Let's look at five bad habits that wreck productivity
We all have negative thoughts once in a while, but sometimes they invade our thoughts more times than they should.
You remember back in high school? "Why do I have to learn this? I'll never use it again in my whole life". Similar thoughts happen these days with our work, our commitments and such.
What to do: Practice positive thinking daily. Take time out to pray, mediate, read self-help books, or listen to positive podcasts.
It could be that you feel like you're just going through the motions of life. Could it be you are unsure of your life's purpose? Maybe these books can help:
2. Lack of Faith in Yourself
This is similar to #1, but a bit different. You have confidence and know what you want to do, feeling good about it - until you see someone else do it bigger or better than you.
Now you've lost confidence and faith in yourself that you can ever be as good as "that person". The problem is we judge people, their actions and their talent from where we walked in. You don't know how long it took them to get to that point do you?
What to do: Like the quote below - forget everyone else and their skill and talent. Concentrate on yours! We've all heard the saying "Practice until you get it right". I say go one step further and "Practice until you can't go wrong". Hmm?
3. Lack Self-Care
Again this can go hand in hand with #1. If we're negative about our situation or ourselves, we tend to put off self-care.
Another situation is that we're so busy taking care of others, our clients, bosses, family, friends and the like that we forget to take care of ourselves.
What to do: Again like #1, practice positive thinking daily. Take time out to exercise or go for a walk. Have a relaxing bath or salon appointment.
Do things to clear your mind, energize your body and feel good for yourself!
C'mon, admit it, we all procrastinate! Sometimes this is harmless, we delay for a day (or two), but it becomes problematic when we do it too often and then there it is - a mountain of work to do!
Then what do some of us do? We procrastinate again because now it's just too overwhelming.
What to do: Do the hardest or least desired tasks first. If you have to, break them down into easier steps to accomplish.
For example, cleaning 2 bathrooms - UGH! Instead of tackling both bathrooms from top to bottom - I break it down into smaller chunks. In one go I clean all the surfaces - countertops, shelves, and toilet, pour cleaner (I use bleach) into the tubs and let that soak. Go off and do another chore for a while. The next go-round clean the tubs, shower, etc. Then sweep and mop the floors (you can leave that for a third go-round). There! Two bathrooms done throughout the day and I am still feeling good.
Some of us do our best work with a tight deadline, sure, but don't leave it too close!
We all know what assumptions do to us mentally right? We worry about crap that aren't even real, or not even our problem in the first place.
I used to fret over wanting to be sure I look good and presentable - because I'm Deafblind - that's hard enough - I need to represent myself good so people have a good opinion of me instead "aww the deafblind lady".
That was until my husband pointed out "Hun, they're not even looking at you, they're too damn busy thinking about themselves to care. Besides if they do think badly of you - that's their problem, not yours."
What to do: Throw out all those assumptions you have and stop worrying about what others think of you! Enjoy YOU!