Source | LinkedIn | John Rampton | Entrepreneur
When it comes to habits, author James Clear hit the nail on the head, writing, “Bad habits interrupt your life and prevent you from accomplishing your goals. They jeopardize your health — both mentally and physically.” Oh yeah, they also “waste your time and energy.”
Suffice it to say, you need to work on breaking bad habits and replacing them with good ones. What practices should you ditch? Well, there are some no-brainers — smoking and eating junk food come to mind.
However, there are some habits that we consider “bad” that in reality may be beneficial. Here are eight “bad habits” that aren’t as harmful as you thought.
1. Skipping breakfast.
We’ve all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you exercise every morning like I do, you need to fuel up. Research shows that there are proven benefits of eating breakfast, like improving your performance, giving you energy, aiding in weight loss and improving your mood.
However, according to Self.com, you can skip breakfast if you want. “If you’re hungry, eat it,” pediatrics professor Aaron Carroll told Self. “But don’t feel bad if you’d rather skip it, and don’t listen to those who lecture you. Breakfast has no mystical powers.”
Registered dietitian-nutritionist Karen Ansel, quoted in the same article, adds that “Some people genuinely feel sick after eating breakfast and, if that’s the case, there’s no sense in making yourself feel worse.” Instead, have a midmorning snack or wait until lunch.
2. Getting distracted.
The struggle against distractions is real. How can you stay focused on an important task when you keep receiving notifications on your phone or chatty co-workers? At the same time, distractions can be an assist.