12 Toxic Habits That Are Wasting Your Time

12 Toxic Habits That Are Wasting Your Time

Breaking away from these toxic habits that are wasting your time will set you free and set you on the right track to a better life.

12 Toxic Habits That Are Wasting Your Time

Do you wake up in the morning still feeling drained only to go to bed at night feeling the same? Do you feel this way most of the time?  Always feeling drained of energy, miserable, and unhappy?

Do you feel like you are just merely existing, but not living your best life?

What’s holding you back?

Are you stuck in a job that you are not really enjoying?  Do you still show up because that’s what you have to do to pay your bills? 

Are you someone who feels like the direction you’re taking is not going anywhere.  Are you always confused with what to do in life? Do you find yourself not having a passion for anything?

Do you even feel like you are constantly living your life everyday only to impress and please other people, instead of actually making yourself happy?

Do you constantly make excuses for your bad decisions, actions, and mistakes you made in the past?  Are you using these excuses to justify the way you are living your life now?

Do you even keep telling yourself that you are happy and content enough?

Are you telling yourself that you are living your best life, but the hard truth is that you are just lying to yourself, because deep inside you, you know something is missing, something is not right, and you feel the emptiness deep inside you.

The truth is, It’s easy for us to allow ourselves to be fed up living a life of seeking other people’s approval, so we can feel that we are complete.  

It’s easy for us to waste our life feeling miserable, unhappy, and wasting chances.  We miss opportunities and become comfortable lingering on our mistakes. We are afraid to break free of our comfort zone.

It’s easy for us to stay in our comfort zone.  Why take chances in life when everything seems to be just fine?

Is this you?

Are you stuck in this never ending cycle and feeling like a hamster on a wheel? Are you looking for ways to change your life around and start living your best life possible and instead of just merely existing?

If you are tired of living your life in a never ending cycle of misery and wish to break out of your comfort zone and live your best life, then first you must realize what it is you are currently doing in your life that are wasting your time, and learn what you can do about it. 

Once we have finally accepted and learned from our mistakes, then we can begin to change the way we want to see our life.

The change starts with you.

Change with realization. Change with actions. Change for the better. 

Below are 12 toxic habits that can be an indication you are wasting your time and life.   Breaking away from these toxic habits will set you free from the pain and misery and set you on the right track to a better life.

12 Toxic Habits That Are Wasting Your Time

12 Toxic Habits That Are Wasting Your Time

1. Surrounding yourself with the wrong people.

The people we surround ourselves with can make a huge impact into our lives. If you are surrounding yourself with the wrong crowds of people and wrong circle of friends, then your life will most likely not go anywhere. 

You’ve probably read or heard something similar like “You are who you surround yourself with.”

Who are the wrong crowds of people talking about?

These are the people who:

  • Always complains
  • Talk negatively most of the time.
  • Party and get wasted all the time.
  • Blame others most of the time.
  • Lazy and happy to just stay home all the time and do nothing but watch TV and eat like there’s no tomorrow. 
  • Procrastinate.
  • Gossip.
  • Manipulate
  • Narcissistic

I like the famous quote of Jim Rohn:

 “You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.” 

This is so true.

We become like those we surround ourselves with. When you hang around with nothing but bad people, their ways and habits will rub off on you.

Our surroundings are a huge factor on how we think, how we set our standards, and how we look into life and what we believe.

What you can do:

> Do an inner audit of your surroundings. 

Take a look at the friends and people you surround yourself with. Start eliminating people in your life who don’t help you grow and be more wary of the people who you allow into your life.

> Surround yourself more with successful people. 

Ones who have a positive outlook on life. Look for the big thinkers and those who are goal oriented, career driven, and living their best life. Find those who have a vision.

After all, Will it be challenging? Of course, but it’s essential if you really want to change your life for the better.

2. Constantly comparing yourself with others.

No matter how smart, happy, or successful we are, there will always seem to be someone that is one step ahead. 

Stop this vicious cycle of comparing yourself to others.  It’s a waste of time. Anyways, you don’t know what their situation is.  

Everybody experiences different challenges and obstacles on their road to success.  They may look successful to you, but you don’t know what they have been through to achieve it.  You only see the outcome. The finished product.

If you constantly take the strengths of others and compare it to your own weaknesses, how you will you ever succeed? How is this ever going to change your mood for the better?  

Comparing ourselves to others is not just a waste of time and is a recipe for damaging our self-confidence and happiness. 

What you can do:

> Practice daily gratitude. 

Keep a daily gratitude journal with you. The moment you wake up in the morning, write in your gratitude journal the first 3 things that you are thankful about.

It doesn’t have to be complicated. You can start with small things that you can be thankful about such as the warmth you feel, the air that you breath in, the food that you have, and the roof that you have over your head. 

The more you are thankful for the small things, the more you will slowly realize that there are so many great things in life that you can be grateful for. Through time and persistence, you will overcome the negative mindset of comparing yourself to others. 

Check out this gratitude journal printable that will help you get started on your gratitude journey to become your best self. 

> Look at your own strengths and know your true value. 

Being able to grow your own strengths and knowing the importance of your value is a recipe to achieving your success and living your best life. Mastering this ability will help you become more motivated and believe in yourself more. 

“Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.” – Marquis de Condorcet

3. Worrying about what other people think about you.

We all want to be appreciated and loved for what we do.  We want people to notice our talents and wonderful personality, but when we make other people’s opinions pivotal to our success, and rely on what others think of us, we are wasting our time. It hinders the success that we should achieve.

We are holding ourselves back when we keep worrying what other people think about us. 

What you can do:

> Focus on what really matters in your life.

> Focus on the present moment.

> Learn more about yourself.

Here are 107 deep questions to ask yourself that will help you find on who you really are and your life purpose.

> Mind your own life and your own business.

Stop asking other people’s opinion about yourself. Stop worrying about what other people think about you, especially if these people are unhappy, unsuccessful, jealous, boastful, and ungrateful.

Remember, most of the time the negative feedback is usually coming from negative people. So stop wasting your time and your life worrying about the negativity of other people. 

4. Keep looking back on the past.

Sometimes I’m guilty of this, but if we keep letting our past dictate what we have to be in the future, then it’s a total waste of time and a recipe for a never ending cycle and failures. 

We all make mistakes. We all fail from time to time, but if we keep making decisions based on those terrible past experiences, then it can prevent us from making logical decisions in our future lives.

What you can do:

  • Focus on the present and make decisions on what you really want in your life for a better future.
  • Let go of the past and set yourself free.
  • Stop letting your bad experiences dictate your present and future life.
  • When you make decisions, ask yourself will this matter in my life a few years from now? If I keep looking back in the past and make decisions in my life based on those past events, will this matter in a few years from now? Will this make me really happy and successful?

Close the old doors and open new ones.  Embrace the new opportunities life has to offer and it will open a whole new world of possibilities.  Allow yourself to build something amazing and new. Believe that you deserve it.

5. Overthinking about the future.

It’s alright to have a plan in place for the future, but it’s not alright to overthink it and waste your time by trying to predict what you think the outcome will be. 

For example, it’s alright to plan for a possible financial emergency by setting money aside each month, but it’s useless and a total waste of time to try and predict what it might be.  This leads to overthinking which leads to unnecessary stress and anxiety. 

What you can do:

  • Eliminate the overthinking by having a plan and not a prediction. 

6. Wasting your time waiting for the perfect moment.

Waiting and aiming for perfection is unrealistic, impractical, debilitating, and certainly a waste of time.

There will never be that one perfect moment, and if you think there will be, then you will be waiting for the rest of your life. 

What you can do:

  • Start initiation and stop procrastination.
  • Stop overthinking and start doing.
  • Accept your imperfections.
  • Do what you can do at the present moment.

I highly recommend the book by Gary J. Bishop: “Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head.” This book will motivate you to take a chance and stop waiting for the right moment.

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7. Wasting your time trying to control everything. 

Trying to do so simply doesn’t work, because no one can predict all the outcomes in their life.

What you can do:

  • Accept that you cannot control everything.
  • Stop trying to control everything. This only leads to overthinking.
  • Learn to accept the things you can’t change. 

Remember, you can’t control everything that life throws at you, but you can control how you respond to them. 

8. Wasting your time thinking of what can go wrong.

The funny thing is, when you ask yourself what can go wrong, life seems to be able to come up with an answer pretty quick.  Instead, ask yourself what can go right. 

We all have something that isn’t going to go right.  We can’t control what life throws at us, but we can control how we react.  And we can react by not overthinking. 

When somebody cuts you off on the highway to work, don’t overthink it. This will only lead to anger, unnecessary stress, waste of time and a waste of energy.

The choice is yours to not overthink the situation and be grateful they did not cause you both to have an accident.

What you can do:

  • Don’t overthink what is going wrong.
  • Practice daily positive affirmations.

9. Wasting your time complaining about everything. 

Complaining about the sun shining too bright, the wind being too cold, or traffic taking forever is a useless approach to living life.  

How is that really making you feel?  Not too well I imagine. Complaining about everything under the sun will never allow you to break free and see life for what it is.

A blessing.

Remember, when you find yourself complaining about something trivial like the weather is too cold outside, somebody always has it worse.  

There are things in life that we can’t control, but we can control how we react to them. If we keep complaining about everything, we are not only wasting our time and energy, but we are also holding ourselves back from the life that we truly deserve. 

What you can do:

  • Eliminate negativity in your life and replace it with positivity.

I know this is not an easy journey, especially if you get used to living your life complaining most of the time.

I highly recommend this positivity journal that you can use to help you start practicing your daily positivity. 

10.Wasting your time making excuses and procrastinating.

We all procrastinate from time to time.  We are all guilty of that. However, if it becomes habitual it will cause you to hold back from living your best life.

It’s okay to rest when you’re tired and It’s even okay to unwind when it’s necessary, but what isn’t okay is when you become lazy and make excuses so you can keep on living in that comfort zone. 

What you can do:

  • Start on small projects and set yourself a time. Be consistent. Remember consistency is the key. 
  • Stop wasting your time making excuses and start doing. Keep a daily habit tracker to track your routines if you’re having trouble finishing your projects.

11. Wasting your time blaming others.

Blaming others from your own actions is a total waste of time and energy and will lead to a life full of negativity. 

You are the captain of your own ship.

You are the one who makes decisions for yourself. Looking back at your past failed relationships or your previous jobs and blaming people will not help, but will make you feel more miserable. 

Blaming your boss, your coworkers, the pizza delivery guy, your parents for not making an action to resolve your childhood issue is useless. These blame games will never allow you to grow.

They will only cause devastation, stress, anxiety, and up the levels of toxicity in your head.  The blame game is not only a waste of time, but it will lead to more unhappiness and endless negativity.

What you can do:

  • Learn to forgive yourself and the people who’ve hurt you in the past. I know this is not easy, but it’s necessary if you want to live the life you truly deserve.
  • Let go of negativity and embrace your life everyday believing that everything will go in the right direction. 

12. Wasting your time by being busy for the sake of being busy.

Do you find yourself tired most of the time and drained?   Is it because you feel like you had a very busy day? Do you find yourself trying to find things to do to keep busy in order to make you feel like you had a productive day?

Are you making yourself busy by watching TV, YouTube, Netflix, or scrolling social media? Are you constantly checking and answering emails? Do all these make you feel like you were productive? Or were they just a means to fill up your day. 

It’s possible for us to have a busy day, yet accomplish very little.

What you can do:

  • Become more productive by spending less time on social media, watching TV, or watching YouTube. Instead replace it with good habits by reading self-help books, exercise and practicing mindfulness.

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Final Thoughts:

Dealing with toxic and negative habits are the first steps to take to make the change you want to see in your life. Once you realize what those negative habits are, start by eliminating them one at a time by replacing them with good habits. Easy does it, but do it.

I know eliminating toxic habits is never an easy journey. It’s like any other addiction that you are trying to break.  So let the healing begin and begin to rehabilitate yourself. Slowly eliminate the negativity and toxicity of your life.  It’s possible if you really want it.

There is a whole new world of possibilities.  Start redesigning your life and living the BEST LIFE you can!


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