There are various bad habits and no one is entirely free from at least one of them! You don’t Believe me? Let me prove you wrong by enlightening you about these bad habits that you need to get rid of as soon as possible.

A bad habit is a recurrent but often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. It should be noted that bad habits may result from a customary manner or practice, which can become a mannerism or a sort of lifestyle. Here are the major bad habits that you need to get rid of.

Bad Habits that you need to get rid of.


Procrastinating is defined as the act of unnecessarily and voluntarily delaying or postponing something despite knowing that there will be negative consequences for doing so.

This is a bad habit even worse than making up excuses  as you find it fascinating to do things at the last minute. The reason is that it gives you the adrenaline rush. This is a very bad habit which can make you lose everything in a very small period of time. 

Even though you might feel excited about pushing your tasks further and further , it can make you lose out on very many good opportunities. You can however break this bad habit is by ensuring push yourself into working on tasks by preplanning.


If you are always looking on the negative side of life, it is time to look for a little sunshine in the rain. People who have the habit of concentrating only on the negative end up facing only negative circumstances in their life. The tongue is a creator after all, right?

The best thing that you can ever do to break this bad habit is by counting your blessing instead of the negative things happening in your life. This way, you can look at the positive, and eventually, this bad habit of focusing on the negatives will surely go away.

Bad Habits that you need to get rid of.

Playing the ‘Blame game’

This is the most unbearable of all the bad habits that you need to get rid of. Man up and stop blaming everyone around you for the misfortunes you are always facing because sometimes, you are your only hindrance to Success. “It’s not my fault I’m not successful. The industry is bad, I don’t have the money, etc.” When it comes down to it, however, who is the one responsible for your success? Well it is none but yourself.

This is the time where you need to look into your capabilities and do your best to achieve success because it does not depend on anyone else but yourself! Blaming others is just going to waste the energy and time that you need to get going.

Making Assumptions

This is almost similar to jumping to conclusions. Are you the kind of person that makes your own assumptions about a person and a situation and you just go with that? It is high time that you get rid of this bad habit. You know what they say about the word ‘assume’, right? It only  makes a fool of you!

People are often surprised at what happens if they take a chance at listening to actual people rather than  listening to that little pessimist inside their heads. ‘Never assume’ is good advice and it is a mindset you should get out of as quickly as possible

Maintaining a Toxic relationship.

Almost 95% of relationships are toxic and many  of you know that your partners are toxic! Certain people want to be in a relationship just to cling to someone. This is a very bad thing. If you are in a bad relationship and do not want to end it, it will consume you till you lose yourself. It is always better to understand that you cannot change someone. If you experience being in a bad relationship, the best thing to do is end it immediately. This is the worst of all these bad habits that you need to get rid of.

Bad Habits that you need to get rid of.

Watching a lot of Television.

Kids nowadays no longer want to play outside and would rather stay in their rooms watching movies, series or reality shows. This bad habit of watching too much TV can make you sit idle, make you lazy and obese, and ultimately prey to diseases like diabetes. The best thing to counter this bad habit is by ensuring that you walk outdoors daily and have a set time to switch on the TV during the day.

Skipping Meals.

This is the most dangerous of all the bad habits that you need to get rid of! If you do not eat then how will your body survive? You need food  and water  to survive. There is no shortcut to survival. If you’re not eating meals on a regular basis, you’re probably not being as productive as you could be. Don’t skip meals in the name of working and be sure to take your full meal breaks.

Biting your nails.

This is yet another bad habit that you need to get rid of.  It is also one of the most difficult habits to break hence it needs maximum attention.  In adolescence, when someone shouts at us or we cannot do things according to our wishes, unnecessary stress makes us subconsciously eat our nails, which is a bad habit.

Did you even know that the nails that you bite get accumulated in your stomach, which can cause damage at later stages of your life. The best solution to deal with this bad habit is to dip your finger in something bitter to stop your craving to bite your nails.

Not only is nail biting unhygienic, but it is also very shaming. It also  leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth and potentially causes stomach problems. It will also  lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run since your  nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.


This is a complex and  bad habit that you need to get rid of as soon as possible. According to Science, only 2 percent of us can really multitask. So don’t try to do what you can never be able to handle.

Always Complaining

Come on. How many times do I have to tell you that it’s just not worth it. Be aware of the words that come out of your mouth. They only affect you and the people around you. Speak of good things, and more good things happen. Speak of negative things, and more negative things will always  happen. Simple.

Pleasing People.

Learn to say no when you need to say no! Remember that you don’t have to agree to everything even when you don’t want to just because you are pleasing people. You may think you don’t have enough time. You do. You just spend your time doing the wrong things- like pleasing other people. Simply stop saying yes to everything. Embrace no. Love no and let NO be your theme song this year.

Making excuses.

Stop coming up with excuses for everything you have failed to do or work on. That will never be of help to you. While you’re at it, also stop the habit of creating reasons for not being able to do things because guess what, they’re just sugarcoated excuses with a little sweetness.


No one will ever be perfect! It will never ever happen. This is just a complicated form of procrastination. Which is a deeper manifestation of your fear. Get out of your own way and do things you want to do. No one owes you that perfection your trying so hard to emulate.


You may have noticed that one of the common ways to deal with stress is to engage in buying things you may not even necessarily need. It can easily lead to people developing debt if unchecked, so it may help to make a budget or plan to check your accounts often to avoid this.

Checking your phone during a conversation.

Nothing turns people off like a mid-conversation text message or even a quick glance at your phone. When you commit to a conversation, focus all your energy on the conversation. You will find that conversations are more enjoyable and effective when you get lost in them rather than in your phone.


If you are find of gossiping, this is a bad habit that you need to get rid of. It might be fun to peer into somebody else’s personal or professional life in the beginning but over time, it gets tiring, makes you feel gross and of course it hurts other people. Why would you waste time on such an unproductive activity?

Frequently Asked questions

What is a bad habit and examples?

Everyone has bad habits, say  from picking at your nails to smoking that can interrupt your life and stop you from accomplishing your goals. We often think of habits falling into black and white categories.  some are objectively bad or objectively good.

What defines good and bad habit?

Good habits are those repetitive actions or behaviors you want to repeat. They have positive physical, emotional, or psychological consequences. Bad habits are those actions you repeat that have negative consequences. Some bad habits are harmless, while others can have a deeper, long-term impact.

What is the cause of bad habits?

Most of your bad habits are caused by two things. Stress and boredom. Most of the time, bad habits are simply a way of dealing with stress and boredom.

What is the 21 rule for habits?

The 21/90 rule states that it takes 21 days to make a habit and 90 days to make it a permanent lifestyle change. Is there a new lifestyle change you would like to make? Commit to your goal for 21 days and it will become a habit. Commit to your goal for 90 days and it will become a part of your lifestyle

Leticia Nambaziira

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  1. Good advise

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