Breaking Bad…Habits Declutter Your Life to be Productive

 In blog

Be More Productive by Breaking Bad Habits

Are you ready to understand what causes bad habits? Is there something you have been doing for years that you keep saying you will quit? Would you like to finally be able to let go of that thing you do that drives someone else nuts? Learn tips for breaking bad…habits.


What causes bad habits?

Bad habits don’t come out of nowhere. Most of the time bad habits are a way to deal with stress and boredom. Biting nails like many do or wasting hours on social media or over shopping. We only do something if we get some sort of benefit from it. Doing out bad habits eases our stress or distracts us from a problem.


Most of the time we don’t get to the underlying reasons of WHY we continue our bad habits. It’s been my experience that we have to get to the root of something before we can change it.


This means there may be other issues of abuse, poverty unemployment so need to take that into consideration and take those challenges into consideration when trying to break a bad habit. I feel like the heroin drug epidemic is a great example of this. Some people are stressed or bored and try heroin. It can be an escape from abuse or poverty. Until we clear out the clutter underneath and address those issues, IMHO the drug problem will continue.


Becoming aware to stop.

First, there’s a cue, or trigger, that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and let a behavior unfold. Then routine of behavior becomes automated. You know I talk a lot about being on autopilot. Become more aware of your bad habit. Here are some questions to ask:


When does it happen?

How often?

Where are you?

Who are you with?

What triggers the behavior?



Breaking bad habits:   The take action

The best thing is to replace the bad habit with a good habit. Have a plan in place when boredom or stress hits. If you are trying to quit smoking, have mints or gum to reach for instead.


If you are procrastinating, on writing for example, spend five minutes writing. Put a timer to help you get through it and know you can quit when you are done. If you bite your nails, learn how to practice something like EFT instead.


Get your triggers out of the way. I eat it if it is in the house. I don’t bring it. Your environment makes your bad habit easier and good habits more challenging.


Do the AND. I am overweight right now AND I could lose four pounds in a month. Accept where you are and know you can change.


Have a partner in crime. Support can really be crucial.


Find people who inspire you and how you want to do.


Visualize succeeding. Mind over matter. Our minds are incredibly powerful.


Write it down. So you can really see it and the steps you need to take.


Fine yourself. Have a swear job.


You’ve Got This

Go slow and make tiny changes one step at a time. Becoming overwhelmed and biting off more than you can chew will not help you.

Plan for when you skip up. We all fail. We all mess up, what is your plan for when it happens. When you eat the pint of ben and jerry’s chubby hubby do you beat yourself up or do you go take a walk and go to the store so you have a salad for lunch tomorrow?


What bad habit would you like to break?

Check out more of my decluttering tips and how to get organized on my YouTube channel.

Subscribe to Clear Your Clutter Inside & Out Podcast

Recommended Posts
Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt