One bad habit I see in most people these days is also something no one realizes is so bad. That habit is the need for activity or change. Why are we, as a society, so caught up in "new and improved" when "old and it works" really does work just fine? Here are a few examples of areas I've struggled with:
- Excessive stock trading. When you buy shares of a company, you are buying a piece of that company. It's just plain dumb to constantly buy and sell shares. I really want to move to a total buy and hold strategy where the only trades I make are purchases with new funds.
- Sweating the small stuff. I'm a Type A personality, which means I'm really anal when it comes to things like managing clutter, having a lingering item on my to-do list, or wanting to do some research on the Internet. That last one is ridiculous: I'll be busy reading when an idea comes to me. Rather than write it down and wait until later, I often find myself jumping onto my computer to look something up. That wouldn't be a problem except I always end up at the computer much longer than I intended.
- Never sticking to plan. I thought this blog would help hold me accountable to my goals, and it certainly has made a difference. Still, I set goals at the end of each year but often change them. Wouldn't I be more effective if I set my goals and stayed on course until I achieved them?