Bad Habits

Comfort in things we shouldn’t do

I’ve had many bad habits but smoking and gambling have been the two major problems through the years.

The gambling is over (thankfully), but I still smoke more than I should. But both gambling and smoking are just the “tip of the iceberg.” Many bad habits have plagued me over the years, and I’ve overcome all but one so far. Some of the bad habits I’ve addressed.

  • Excessive gaming
  • Gambling
  • Sports betting
  • Procrastination
  • Porn

There’s more, but these are probably the ones I’ve struggled with the most. They all suggest a need for something more. More things to do, and a release from what I was already doing.

Now that I’m reflecting on removing these bad habits, I’ve come to realize that it’s not about the bad habit. It’s all about replacing time with something better. I don’t gamble anymore because I’m working on my side projects. Between side-projects, work, the gym etc, there’s less time to analyze and research which teams will win which games. Sports betting is essentially over.

Procrastination is always an issue, but it happens less often than it used to. I’ve been able to put away porn too, thankfully.

While trying to understand why I was able to shake those habits but not smoking, I figured out that it’s also not just about smoking. I’ve created a habit of smoking hookah that’s also social, work-related, and easy. I see people I know there, I work while in the lounge, and it’s just down the street from where I live. Years later, I’m still trying to figure out ways of cutting back. Trust me, it’s bad, but it takes work.

I’m sharing this more personal journal entry because I think it’s important for people to see that habits can change, but some are easier to remove than others. It’s also worth saying that any rules around needing 21 days to form a habit, or 66 days to completely break an old habit are typically garbage.

It’s not nearly that simple. I’d caution anyone actively messing with their habits to realize that it’s a time-consuming and involved process. Take caution when messing with your habits.