No more excuses! It’s time to break your bad habits for good! Here’s how to put the squash on some bad behaviors. Courtesy of Quick and Simple Magazine.
- Misplacing things. Do you spend hours looking for your keys or your wallet? According to Donna Smallin, author of The One-Minute Organizer Plain and Simple, we forget where we put things because we’re not thinking about it when we set them down. In other words, you can’t remember where you put your keys because you tossed them aside without thinking! What’s the fix? Make a permanent ‘home’ for the items you misplace the most – put a hook by the door for your keys, or a bowl on your dresser for your wallet. Then, make a conscious effort to place your items in their correct ‘home.’ That way, you’ll always know where your things are.
- Procrastinating. Putting something off won’t make it any easier! So the next time you find yourself avoiding a certain task – like a project at work or writing a paper for class – ask yourself why you’re dodging the project. Maybe it’s time to look for a new job, or find a different topic for your paper. Once you figure out what’s really bothering you, it’ll be easier to tackle the project.
- Oversleeping. Which is actually the result of not getting enough sleep. So for starters, get the TV out of your bedroom. That way, you won’t be tempted to turn on Letterman once you’re in bed. Then, begin to move your bedtime up gradually – there’s no way you’ll conk out at 10 if you’ve been going to bed at midnight for years. So aim to turn in 15 minutes earlier each week until you reach a decent hour. And have a banana or a small turkey sandwich before bed – both contain tryptophan, a chemical that helps you feel tired.
Now go break that bad habit!