7 habits you need to leave behind in order to make 2018 your best year ever

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The New Year is among us, a fresh start, new goals and opportunities for all of us right?  However, most people do not stick to their resolutions.  In fact, up to 80% more or less give up by February and go back to the same old bad habits.  Here are some of the most common bad habits in today’s society and what you can do to leave them behind in 2018.

Not sticking to your resolutions-most people quit within the first month however, if you want to make a change so badly, then you should take action as soon as possible rather than wait till the new year. However, if 2018 is finally going to be the year that you make a change, then by all means go for it.  But ensure that you stick to your goals by making them SMART i.e. specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound.  In addition, break these goals down into micro goals on a quarterly, monthly and daily basis.  I like to jot down and track my goals on my Daily Greatness Journal which I highly recommend, and you can purchase yours online with 5% off using my referral code here.

Making excuses-I hear people make excuses all the time. My biggest pet peeve is people who claim that they don’t have time to do anything.  There are 24 hours in a day so if you really want to make time to exercise, set up a side business or with your family, then make time.  Try this exercise:  Prioritize the 4 or 5 most important things in your life and spend 80% of your time on that.  The opposite is usually true though, you usually spend 80% of your time on 20% of the ‘junk’ things in your life i.e. TV and social media.  Which brings us onto the next bad habit….

Spending too much time on social media-don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with the odd 2 minute cat video to help brighten up your day.  There are some positive aspects of using social media however, too much of a good thing can be detrimental to your health. Studies have shown that spending more than 2 hours on social media on a daily basis would result in higher depression, poorer sleep and increased anxiety.  Try installing STAYFOCUSED and WASTENOTIME into your web browser, , where you can then block sites by a certain time of day, the amount of time or block them completely.

Comparing yourself to others-this kind of links on from bad habit number 3. However, most of social media is not a perception of real life.  No one is perfect, no matter how beautiful they look on social media.  So stop comparing yourself to someone else’s reel.  How about Mr So and So and his wife and their new fancy car and house?  Would buying a new X Range BMTesla along with the 38 Carat gold mansion with the built in diamond encrusted toilet seat make you happier and more fulfilled?  I thought not….

Spending all day in the office-because you are ‘busy’. Spending too much time behind a desk can have seriously adverse effects on your health.  Try this: set your alarm to go off after 25 minutes after which you’ll get up, have a stretch, talk a walk to the water cooler to rehydrate (and no, you can’t raid the vending machine on the way) before heading back to your desk.  For the more adventurous, try a standing desk!

Not getting enough sleep-One third of all people in the UK now sleep for just 5-6 hours a night, which is significantly less than the standard 7-8 hours that is recommended under conventional wisdom.  Sleep deficiency can lead to problems with focusing, creativity and decision making, not to mention weight gain and depression.  To ensure you get enough sleep, try to go to bed and rise at the same time every day, including weekends.  Also, try using the last hour before bed to reflect on your day, journal to clear your head and do some light reading.  Try and avoid exercise and bright artificial light from your electrical devices as this tricks your brain into thinking you should still be awake.  Your bedroom should be used predominantly for sleeping, so turn off your tablets and phone!  In addition, keep your bedroom dark, quiet and cool by opening the window slightly.  And don’t hit snooze the next morning because in doing so, you’re actually making it more difficult to make it a habit of getting out of bed on time.

Not getting enough exercise-this year is the best time as any to get more active with so many activities to choose from. If you’re thinking of joining the gym, there are so many niche offerings out there.  However, if you’re looking for full flexibility in terms of membership, location and variety, then PayAsUGym has the answer.  With no joining fees, inductions or contracts to sign, full gym location flexibility as well as the best prices , PayasUGym provides you with the best gyms in the UK with the most flexible and best value options to workout.  Click here to sign up.

What habits are you trying to kick in 2018?  Please comment on the below!

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