8 Bad Habits That Are Preventing You From A Productive Daily Routine

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Many of us desire to transform our lives according to our choices once you decide that you want to transform your life, try not to think so big right away. It all starts with being aware of what you want to make out of this life and how precisely you want to make that dream come true. As soon as you get a clear vision about your goal, you start creating minute steps being divided per day that are essential to reach a quarter of your goal.

A productive daily routine requires true intention and discipline to change your bad habits and incorporate beneficial ones. If you don’t get a hold of yourself in the morning, there’s a huge tendency that this anxiety-driven morning routine will follow to the end of the day. When much workload is on the table, it’s easy to become frantic and overwhelmed by the look of it, along with the imagination of being stressed and exhausted (before you even started anything). What people don’t know is the key to productivity is doing less to achieve bigger results.

It all starts with establishing a growth mindset. It begins with believing that you can change your life. Along with determination and vision should be a clear mind that has no room for limiting beliefs. You need to become aware of the choices you make every day of your life. When you evaluate your choices about its effectiveness and the happiness that it brings you, you can eliminate the habits that don’t give you both.

You can stop doing the things that you know are not good for you but you do it anyway because of the temporary satisfaction it gives you.
With a healthy state of mind, you are less likely to indulge in self-sabotaging your plans. You will learn to protect yourself from negative thoughts that hamper you from doing the work that needs to be done. When you self-sabotage your plans, you are fooling yourself for exhibiting negative behavior while expecting results to come knocking at your door. 




As soon as you wake up in the morning, feel the heat of the sun piercing into your skin through the window. It’s a sign of a brand new day, a fresh start. Every morning is an opportunity to be better, to give more, and to love yourself and what you do. Unless you believe it and not think of it as something cheesy or a cliché, you will fail to start the day as you should achieve a productive day. Know that the sorrows and negativity of yesterday shouldn’t have discouraged you from embracing a clean slate tomorrow.

It shouldn’t have to scare you into new beginnings because you have the choice to let go of that burden. Stop ruminating about what happened before and making up scenarios about what you could’ve done because it doesn’t matter anymore. What you can do, however, is to put in mind what you must never do again under the circumstances. Pick up what you need to learn from that experience and keep moving forward. Let it go and breathe. Trust me, you’ll feel better. 




Self-awareness is necessary to acknowledge which habit is good for you and which is not. If you do not express any concern about your actions, you will be lost from your vision. Not only will you become unproductive every day, but you are also cutting off the opportunities which could’ve been the avenue to get to the place you want to be. Every day, you would be committing to a massive workload you aren’t physically and mentally prepared for. As a result, you will be left admiring another person’s life for how far they’ve come while you’re stuck wondering what went wrong. 






One of the easiest mistakes to do to avoid being productive in the morning is to grab your phone in bed. Mindlessly surfing the web through your phone can sidetrack you from your morning priorities. Five minutes of screen time will turn twenty until you’ve consumed an hour of your morning which should’ve been used for better, more important practices.

When you realize that, you would face guilt and self-sabotage the rest of the day.
It’s the same thing when you stay up late and put off your sleep while using your phone. Be very careful of what information you expose yourself at night because it will engrave in your mind the next morning.

Moreover, when you use your phone as soon as you wake up, your eyes will get tired and your mind immediately is exposed to the harsh, ideal reality of comparison and false successes. This will put you in a bad and negative mood and lead you to compare every aspect of yourself to the model or the fake entrepreneur you see online.




Skipping breakfast or any important meal is one very unhealthy way to break your morning routine. This is a very common way to compromise both your productivity and health because you deprive yourself of fuel to your energy. If you make this a habit, you may think it’s a necessary sacrifice to skip meals because of the workload you have but it’s a major mistake to make.

In the long-term, you will see a huge decline in both areas. When you plan a busy day, it is impossible to fulfill it let alone perform it excellently without proper nutrition. You get tired easily because your immune system is not at its best. Therefore, you won’t be able to perform your tasks and duties well.




Remember that being committed means being completely dedicated to a life’s work. Contrary to popular belief, you can’t be dedicated to a lot of things at the same time. It’s vital to be selective about the tasks that you choose to do for the day. Evaluate your daily objectives according to importance (if it directly benefits your goal) not only on urgency.

If you focus on fixing minor details and tweaking unnecessary parts of the major task, you will not be able to accomplish the goals you set for yourself.
Instead, you are likely to feel burned out because you see yourself being busy and overwhelmed with the massive workload on your plate while realizing that you’re not inclined towards results.

Instead of pouring your energy into income-generating activities, you are keeping yourself busy with worrying about less important things that don’t directly affect your chances of being successful. Boundaries are important to not spread yourself too thin. When you are firm with focusing on your priorities first, you wouldn’t feel bad when you do something else because you’ve already finished your work.




Being organized is a skill that takes time to practice and master. Make sure to not only be organized with your time but also in your working environment. You would never think it will take about half an hour looking for your car keys until you spend half an hour looking for them on a Monday morning. You wouldn’t want to waste your precious time finding something that shouldn’t be lost in the first place if only there were a safe, fixed place you can store it in.

Pay close attention to the list of goals you have planned for the day and try your best to achieve them, but be reasonable. Stop doing so much if you can’t do them all efficiently. Results will not follow if you do a lot of things but when you dedicate quality time, energy, and talent to them. If you ignore them, your day will go downhill from there.




Procrastinating is the habitual action of putting off work to cater short-term satisfaction instead of one’s long-term goals. Putting work for later when there’s no reason not to do it now is a sign that you don’t have a clear vision of your goals. This is because when you procrastinate, you’re not driven by the fire to commit to progress regardless of speed, but by the stress due to fear of failure.

You’re overthinking the entire process by hurting yourself with the feeling of burning out. You don’t know exactly what you want, what the means are towards achieving them, and if you have the mental strength to go through the ups and downs of your journey. When you train your mind to procrastinate, you will slowly be detracted from your goals.




Constant complaining is a reflection that you’re ungrateful. It’s a distressing disposition that always looks for something and not appreciating what is not there. It also speaks of your entitlement; how you always look at the mistakes of others and not of your own. You do not know how to adjust according to what is necessary for the circumstance and therefore lash out like a child. When you keep on complaining, you shrink the value of your past achievements by not respecting the truth of the uncertainty of life. Complaining about what could’ve been and what should’ve happened will only waste your time for speaking ill on what you can’t change.




Multitasking is a myth, a scam that will only keep you busy, but not productive. It tricks you into thinking you’ve done plenty but you don’t finish anything at all and you don’t do it well. Multitasking takes away your focus on the most important task to do by mixing it with less important tasks that can be done quickly. What could’ve been done for an hour will extend another three hours because you don’t manage your energy and intelligence one thing at a time. If you want to check all of the things on your to-do list, do them quickly and passionately. Give every task all your passion but give it the proper time to finish.



Blaming other people speaks about how you lack a sense of accountability with your thoughts and actions. You magnify the setbacks of others to cover up your own, so there’s no reasoning with you. If you truly want to take control of your life, you need to start acknowledging and accepting the consequences of your actions as your doing, not others.

It’s much easier to admit humbly that you’ve made a mistake than pointing a finger at other people. When you choose humility over ego, you tell yourself that you can learn from your mistakes and find ways to improve your decision-making skills.
Many people think complaining is better because it escapes you from being the one to blame, from being the one who accepts the shame and judgment.

But if you analyze the situation carefully, it’s the other way around. Accepting the fear of judgment is part of the process of growing; if you always accept good, flattering things said to you, you will never be aware of what your lapses are and how to manage them in the future.




If you want to change your state of life, start with the small things, and from there, you will manifest great things. Your habits today determine what your future in the next months, years to come will look like. Remember that if you choose the easy route, in the beginning, the tables will change, and in the near future, you will be dealt with a hard-knock life. When this happens, you’ll be left with no other choice but to work tirelessly, like there’s no end in sight.

There will be no more luxury leisure nor will rest be an option. So now that you’re still not in a tough dilemma in poverty, remember that it’s vital to start planting while it’s spring, even when winter is still so far away. Time flies by so fast, and you can never take it back; might as well spend it by doing something useful and beneficial in the future when you’re no longer given the opportunity to start planting conveniently. 




“Ultimately, your state of mind determines your circumstances. To realize the outcomes you want, it is critical to recognize and experience the transition from our present thoughts, habits, and actions to new thoughts, habits, and actions.”

Darren L. Johnson 

Published by Monique Renegado

Monique started Life Begins At Twenty as a 20-year-old college student from the Philippines. In her lifestyle and wellness blog, she shares first-hand experiences and soulful advice about student life, relationships, mental health, adulting, and self-growth. Monique is passionate about literature, music, public speaking, and family. Besides studying and blogging full-time, she strives hard to become a published author with her first YA fiction novel and poems. Monique is the older sister you wish you had to help you navigate your twenties successfully. If you want a constant drive for motivation and pep talks, be a part of her journey.

26 thoughts on “8 Bad Habits That Are Preventing You From A Productive Daily Routine

  1. Great post! I need all the help I can get to be as productive as possible, especially in the morning. I think that being fresh and ready in the morning really helps me x


  2. I'm pretty sure I am guilty of ALL these bad habits… I have just got used to having breakfast in the morning (I never did it before the pandemic happened as I never had the time!) so I definitely need to work on the rest. Thank you for sharing Monique x


  3. You have touched on so many points! You're right about it all starting in the mind. But unfortunately I have a few of those bad habits such as using my phone in bed and committing beyond my means…It's definitely time for a change!www.madelinewilsonojo.com


  4. I'm guilty of a couple things here and you just called me out haha. I used to be very good at not using phone right after waking up but that habit has come back in the last year as I work from home and don't have to rush to get ready and leave. Great post!


  5. Procrastination effects everything I do in my life, I just never have any motivation so I just procrastinate and procrastinate. I also need to stop going on my phone when I first wake up, it was apart of my morning routine before, then I hit a bad patch of depression and the habit creeped inHttps://UnwantedLife.Me


  6. Committing beyond boundaries. A bad habit of mine is taking on more than I know that I can honestly handle. I am a bit of a overachiever but I am learning how to set boundaries especially with work so I can avoid burn out. Another, bad habit of mine is turning off my phone and not using it when I am in the bedroom. As a blogger it's challenging because I like to remain available but it's one of my biggest distractions. This is why I have started taking social media breaks, particularly on the weekend. Thank you so much for this post. xo Erica


  7. Oh I always have to have breakfast in the morning, I find I'm so much more productive when I do! Also I find starting the day early really does help, I obviously love a lie-in but being productive in the AM is the best way to start the day! xxwww.iridescentplaces.com


  8. I am so guilty of so many of them, mostly using my phone in bed and procrastinating! Lately I have been committing to too many things at the same time! Thanks for sharing x


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