8 Bad Habits You Must Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

photo: Lucy Williams

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Bad habits, we all have them, whether we’d like to admit it or not. Some of them you might not even be conscious you’re guilty of! Be sure to notice, and eliminate, the following from your daily routines for better well-being throughout your day. So we’re going to tell you which bad habits to change and how to do so!

1. Not working on your goals.

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2. Skipping breakfast.

The most important meal of the day shouldn’t be neglected! And by the way, that stale donut in the break room doesn’t count, as there are no nutrients in it. If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out our list of healthy breakfasts.

3. Comparing yourself with others.

This is a recipe to become either vain or bitter—comparing your achievements, hopes, and dreams to that of someone in a completely different (or even completely similar!) situation is a waste of time. Instead of waking up your inner green-eyed monster, focus on you instead.

4. Playing with your hair or picking at your nails.

Fidgeting in its many forms is a sure signal to the world that you’re not focused or that you are nervous. If you’re looking to derail this bad habit, try holding something in your hands like a pen or a notebook, so that your hands are occupied. But if you’re giving a presentation and you can’t hold on to a prop. Try using your hands to emphasize points. Not only do you look more professional, but it stops those fidgeting fingers!

5. Staying in on your lunch break.

Taking a break is pivotal for your mental health—and before you claim that you’re doing it for the greater good of your office, remember that it impacts performance! Make sure you take the time to go outside, stretch your legs, breathe the fresh air and come back feeling energized! Whether you’re going out to eat or just to read in a nearby open space. That time outside those four walls will mean you come back revitalized, ready to give your one hundred percent!


6. Not paying attention to your money.

That coffee you spend $4 every day might be the best cup of Joe in town….but do you realize you’re spending $20 a week on coffee? (That’s $1040/year!) How about the money you spend on bottled water? Cigarettes? Gum? Before you reach for your plastic, make sure you’re purchasing mindfully, with a set intention for where you want your money to go.

7. Slouching.

Pay attention to your posture, girl! Carry yourself with pride, and not only will your back thank you later, but you’ll breathe easier. Take a minute to pull your shoulder blades behind you and see how good it feels!

8. Going to bed late.

Yes, I know, you just need to watch that last episode of ‘Riverdale’, but sleep is important for growth, memory redemption, weight management, and much more! Set a bedtime alarm to ensure you’re getting a full eight hours’ rest.

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  • daphne siy

    Must learn not to skip breakfast :(

  • daphne siy


  • Cristina

    I thought smoking will make it through this list. Lots of people blame stress for taking up smoking and not being able to quit.

    Cristina | *janded

    • Millenial Generation

      Joining gym and working out helps to quit when you’re working on your health the thought deters you from wanting to reach for the box

  • Disa Chantel

    Your links to the photo sources never work :(

  • Kaylee K

    #5 is something I SERIOUSLY need to work on. Buying a coffee is definitely not the best way to save money, but getting a coffee before work is like a little cup of JOY for me! I’ve tried making my own coffee to bring, but it’s just never as satisfying for some reason! Maybe I will make May a coffee free month!
    XX -KK

  • Rose

    Such a good list. I really try to stick to some of these. Particularly the comparing myself to others.

  • Alexis deZayas

    Such a great list to work on!!


  • Millenial Generation

    Working on your goals has to be a main one for me, my job became so draining I had to leave to put things in perspective to start working on what I truly want to achieve sometimes you have to love yourself and your goals more as well as create a healthy balance between a income and time for your personal targets!


  • Meg

    I saw the photo and the first thing I thought was “posture!” A definite sign of confidence and self esteem, and how we show ourselves to the world. Meditation practice helped me to not slouch, and to feel anchored to earth when seated or standing. Wonderful for whole body.

  • Millennial Shatterbelt

    I loved this post, and I’m not going to lie I have some of these bad habits: I sometimes skip breakfast and even though I try to have a heathy diet I just love donuts and madeleines more than I should. :)

  • Lisa Fourman

    I’m glad I save my money so stringently lately. I need to stop going to bed later at night, especially with the meds I’m taking these days. Slouching is something I’ve always had a problem with, along with skipping my breakfast and picking at my nails. This blog post is now serving as a kick in my ass to get myself into better health.

  • Sisi

    These are all such great tips! I definitely need to be more aware of how often I slouch or fidget!