The human mind is the most powerful creation. A part of this mind is the subconscious. The subconscious mind is programmed through a paradigm which can be defined as, a multitude of habits. A habit is simply an idea fixed in the subconscious mind, that may be acted upon without any conscious thought. Habits ultimately, influence lives on a daily basis. 

Habits can be both good and bad. The efforts involved in changing bad habits positively affect one’s life as a whole. Motivation as well as energy levels increase, resulting in a generally more fulfilled individual.

These are 5 habits identified as being responsible for destroying people both mentally and physically, while slowly killing motivation. 

Perfectionism:

People live with the misconception that they have to do things perfectly, in order to be productive. The truth is, this frame of mind hurts one’s work far more than it helps. Perfectionism is defined by fear of failure. People work overtime to make sure that every little detail is absolutely perfect, because of the fear of not being enough. Individuals waste time reviewing the same project over and over again, when instead, they could have finished the current one and started a new one. 

Seeking perfection in these instances affects the quality of work as well, by setting unrealistic expectations. As a result, the current project suffers unfair scrutiny and criticism leading to its eventual downfall. People in turn, put in minimal effort due to these high expectations, which kills motivation and ultimately self-esteem. 

A perfectionist will keep revisiting their work, slowing them down significantly. Instead it is simpler to finish the task all at once and get the bulk of the work out of the way. Then time and energy still remains, to go back and make ample changes.

Comparison:

Comparisons of any kind are unhealthy. They often ruin relationships and diminish self-esteem. When it comes to motivation and productivity, comparisons may hinder ones progress towards their goals.

Comparisons mainly breed insecurities and intimidation. People are constantly comparing themselves to others, and focusing on the ‘lack’ they themselves possess. They belittle their own aspirations as they may not have the money, confidence or authority that someone else possesses.Instead of people constantly putting themselves down, they should only compare themselves to them self. Humans should be better than they were yesterday, not better than someone else was yesterday.  

Procrastination:

Procrastination is probably the worst habit to adopt. Especially because of how justifiable it is. ‘Waiting for the right opportunity’, ‘starting at the beginning of next month’, these are all common and appropriate excuses. 

 Work usually requires just two to three hours. People take constant breaks to tend to necessities as it is, food and bathroom breaks occur regularly. Hence instead of putting oneself in a constantly uncomfortable position, people should alleviate the stress by establishing a stricter work routine.  

Establish a routine that allows you start working at the same time every day. The body will automatically become accustomed to this routine and procrastination becomes unnecessary. The body will become programmed to focus solely on work for that particular period of time leaving the rest of the day, stress-free.

Multitasking:

In theory, it sounds like a great idea, accomplishing two things at once. However, dividing time between different tasks, at the same time, is more harmful than helpful. People end up switching their attention between different tasks, without being able to focus on any of them, while wasting energy and producing sloppy, incomplete work.  

Multitasking impedes one’s ability to solve complex problems and give thought to subjects that need intense concentration.  When someone multitasks it becomes impossible to concentrate on anything.

An obvious solution to this is to focus on one task at a time. However if this too boring or difficult it can always be made easier by grouping similar projects together. As a result the brain won’t have to constantly shift between gears.

Constantly saying ‘Yes’:

Saying yes is one of the most self-destructive habits one can have. It not only takes away from one’s identity, it makes someone an instrument to other people’s self-development and success. 

By trying to please everyone and constantly saying yes, one depletes their energies and resources trying to make everyone else happy. In turn, they end up neglecting their own goals. 

Being sociable is different than giving up valuable time, effort and thought. Valuing someone else’s thoughts and aims more than oneself is dangerous. This leaves less space for self development and understanding, eventually leading to an unfulfilled life.  To stay focused and motivated, it is important to know when to say yes or no. It may be challenging to overcome the social pressure of commitment and the fear of being selfish. However honesty is always appreciated, and self growth eventually helps the community in general prosper. 

With these 5 traits out of someone’s system they’ll find themselves living a happier, balanced life. It may be impossible to have complete control over one’s life; however removing these habits is a significant step in the right direction. At the end of the day everyone is their own worst enemy and their own savior. So everyone should do their best to make life easier, and set an example for others to do the same.