It has been said many times over that breaking a bad habit is hard to do. Sometimes, it may feel as if there is no way to stop doing an undesired behavior. Instead of stopping your bad habits, you may be more successful figuring out how to make them work for advantage.


It is important to think through the reasons why you exhibit a bad habit. Say you have a bad habit of snacking when you aren’t hungry. Understanding why you have these tendencies will help you to use your bad habits to your advantage. More often than not, the habits you have formed give you an instant gratification. When evaluating why you are prone to snacking, the first thing to do is identify in what situations you exhibit this behavior. It could be likely that you are eating because of boredom or something emotional. After you identify why you are giving in to the bad habit you are prone to, then you can work toward using the habit to your benefit. Seeking help in identifying your patterns from others that are close to you may be necessary. Ultimately, knowing yourself better will help you to achieve more.

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If you determine that you are snacking when you aren’t hungry because you are bored, replace that snacking with something more productive. Either take that time to eat more fruits and vegetables so that you can increase your health, or find something productive to do with your hands. The true detriment is allowing yourself to be bored, so take on a hobby or use that time for something you want to accomplish. If you think that you are eating because of an emotional problem, then take the bad habit you have of avoiding dealing with your issues, and find ways to resolve some of your conflicts or problems.


When you understand the motivation behind your bad habit you can start working toward using those habits for something more productive. Then you will be able to brainstorm additional ways to make the undesired behavior work for your benefit and not your demise. Instead of trying to stop the unwanted actions, work to replace them with a more desirable actions. Either you can replace the poor habit with an action that you feel would benefit you more, or you could use the habit in a more productive way.

If you are prone to access social media while at work, identify why you have that habit. Possibly you work in a secluded situation and need personal connection. If that is the case, ask your boss if it would be ok for you to take on the social media aspect of the business. You can benefit the company you are working for without feeling guilty of your habits.

There are many scenarios in which you can flip a bad habit on its head and turn it into a good thing for you and others. Start by understanding why you seem to uncontrollably exhibit a behavior you wish to avoid and then creatively think a way to use it for your benefit.