How to Get Rid Off Bad Habits Once and For All
It does not matter if you are a teenager attending high school, a college student, or a CEO. We all have bad habits, but what is a bad habit? According to the medical dictionary, a bad habit is nothing more than “A patterned behaviors regarded as detrimental to one’s physical or mental health, which often links to a lack of self-control.”
The best way to get rid of a bad habit is replacing it with a good habit instead. According to Dr. Jeremy’s Book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick”, it takes an average of 66 days to create a new habit.
The best way to do so is to replicate the good practice on a daily basis without skipping a day, also referenced as not breaking the chain.
Here are 3 steps to get rid of those bad habits and transform them into something good:
1. Make a list of all your bad habits, and then come up with a counter pattern to fix it.
For example, if one of your bad habits it is not eating breakfast, you can counter it by preparing something the night before, or meal prepping breakfast for the whole week.
2. If you have a lot of bad habits that you need to work on, try to focus on three at a time, remember habits are patterns that you have been doing for a long time, so getting rid of three would be much simpler than trying to get rid of five or ten at a time.
3. You need to keep track of your “chain” you can either buy a calendar and cross off each day that you successfully do something good. You can download an app like (Habitbull, Productive, Strides, Habitica.). You can download a small template that I created and print it on a regular letter size sheet of paper to keep track of your habits. (Just make sure to write down your goal on the top blank bar above each tracker). You can download the template here.
You are off to a great start, just remember not to let your chain break. :)