Are there bad habits that affect your studying and student life? Check out common bad habits and how to tackle them!

Ditch these bad habits in your student life

Student life can be hard with all your appointments, deadlines and exams to manage. Sometimes we develop bad habits along the way, and they become parts of our everyday lives and we start to accept them as a standard. We've listed below some common bad habits that infest the student life of many, how they affect your studying and some tips on how to get rid of them. Do you see your pet peeve on the list? 

1. Checking social media while you're working on something

Stop it. No seriously, stop. Lock your phone in a box, turn it off completely, install a website/social media blocker in your browser; anything to stop you from checking social media during work. It's highly distracting and it gets you absolutely nowhere. You will just get stuck in that loop again and again and will check your feed every 2 minutes even though you know there's nothing new there. Find keeping away from social hard? There are ways to productively use a small social media break as a reward - for example by using the Pomodoro method: 25 minutes of work, 5-minute phone break. Works like a charm.

2. Comparing yourself to others

There will always be someone who is smarter, better, funnier or more motivated than you. Worrying about this is not going to get you anywhere. It's also not fair to compare someone's ‘outsides’ to your ‘insides’. You have a unique perspective of your struggles and ambitions, and you’re only looking at other people from the shallow outside. Additionally, your success is not dependent on someone else's success (or failure) and you have no power over anyone but yourself. Water your own grass, as they say.

3. Complaining constantly

Yes, complaining is fun, but no, it won't do you or those around you any good. It's been proven time and time again that thinking positive and being optimistic actually helps you and being negative hurts you. Consistent complaining alters the way your brain processes information. The more negative thinking you do, the easier your brain will find it to come up with more negative thoughts. Changing your mindset takes time and practice. If you feel the need to complain about something, try figuring out what you're actually unsatisfied with or cranky about. Then, take some time and effort to also come up with ways to tackle the issue. This way you can turn your negativity into a constructive habit instead.

4. Being a perfectionist

Sorry to tell you that perfectionism is a bad habit. It takes time and effort away from what really matters, but you can break free from it. Focusing on finding the ideal color scheme for your presentation is taking up more time than necessary. Being a completionist is a lot more productive. Sometimes ‘good enough’ really is all you need. Besides that, the saying isn't practice makes perfect for nothing. You need to do something a lot to improve. Someone who makes 100 crappy pots learns a lot more about pottery than someone who spends the same amount of time creating the perfect pot.

5. Doing what comes up

Doing what comes up in the moment, instead of planning ahead, might be the biggest productivity killer. If you allow yourself to be distracted by new tasks constantly, you'll never get anything done. A good way to try and break this habit is by keeping a distraction/procrastination sheet next to you while you work. When something comes up, jot it down and come back to it later. Not everything needs to be fixed right away, and a lot of problems will solve themselves if you just let it be for half a minute. Good luck!

Good luck ditching your bad habits - give it your best effort!