8 Bad Habits I Am Giving Up In 2019
What an year it has been! I was able to completely achieve half the things I put on my list while partially making progress on the others.
I started a blog — managed to post consistently.
I was able to hit the gym more than 200 times this year. I started playing football again regularly.
I completely paid off my credit cards.
BUT at the same time, I failed to
Reduce my body fat percentage to 15%.
Volunteer 5 times this year. I was only able to do 3 times
Learn Spanish enough to have a conversation. Gave up after the first 3 months.
Create an emergency fund that can last me 6 months. No where close to this
Sleep for 2500 hours this year. I wasn’t very good at tracking this but for the few months I did, my weekly average was somewhere between 4–5 hours a day.
I failed a lot but I also learned a lot and I intend to continue doing both in 2019 as well. However, there are also things that I want to stop doing and that list looks something like this
It is counter productive and leads to more stress, hence I plan to actively practice moderating my thoughts. How do I plan to do that? Read this for the answer to that.
I have tried it for the last 28 years and I have failed. In the process what I did manage to figure out was that managing energy is a better way to be more productive.
I want to live a happy life and that is only possible when I take control of my happiness. All this starts only when I stop depending on other people or things to make myself happy. Just like we should diversify our finances, we should also diversify our happiness. One of the ways I am doing that, is by making time to do more of what makes me happy.
This will be the hardest thing to do. Years of programming and reading about being productive will take some time to unlearn. I don’t have a plan for this yet but I aim to come up with one
The second hardest if not the hardest thing that I want to implement this year. I have still not fully embraced the joys of missing out. It is always a conflict between experiencing something new and creating memories or staying home and working on something. Every Yes is a no to something else that I could be doing.
I am going to be delegating or automating as many decisions as I can. I have already done that with my finances and now I am going to double down on other areas. First on the list — get a cook. If you know a good one, don’t be afraid to reach out.
Putting things off for another day
The clothes that I put aside in my room to donate are still there gathering dust. So is the shoe that I need to throw away and the computer mouse that doesn’t work anymore. Point being, it hardly takes a few minutes to do these but there are always other things that I could be doing, which puts this on the never do list.
Taking decisions based on emotions
I don’t think I can stop this but I can certainly reduce it. With every session of introspection, I am becoming more aware of how my brain is my worst enemy and I intend to turn this foe into a friend by being more mindful of how I consume information.