Thursday, January 15, 2015

Life of a Blogger - Bad Habits

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by Novel Heartbeat. This feature is designed to let readers and other bloggers get to know us on a more personal level by discussing non-bookish topics. This week's topic is...

Bad habits!

I feel like I have a lot of bad habits that technically aren't that bad but are still pretty bad in some ways (although they can sometimes be infrequent and erratic).

One bad habit I started a few years ago and now only relapse into every once in a while is cracking my knuckles. Knuckle cracking is SO BAD for your joints! I used to do this regularly but now I only find myself doing it randomly every once in a while. Arthritis sucks so I'm trying to avoid that.

A bad habit I've recently picked up, somewhat out of stress, is biting my nails. Oh, my poor nails. The problem with my nails is that they always get snagged on something then start to break. I always get irritated when my nails are uneven because then they just keep getting stuck on everything! I always try to combat that by biting them even but it only seems to make the matter worse. Maybe someday I'll learn to carry a nail care kit with me.

This is a life long bad habit: pressing snooze on the alarm clock. I simply do not want to get out of bed at my first alarm. I actually start my alarm earlier so that I still get up when I need to because I know I'll want to snooze. That is honestly just sad and probably worse for your sleep cycle. I have been trying to actually wake up on my first alarm but since I'm usually sleep deprived at school, it's hard to break the habit.

By far my worse habit is my procrastinating. I like to sit around and read or scroll through the same posts on Facebook for hours. I also like to sleep. Sometimes I've found that I spend more time putting things off than it actually takes to do them. I'd like to say I'll stop procrastinating but I kind of feel like it's part of my personality and would be very painful to stop. I am trying to procrastinate less though!

*Cracks knuckles*

I'll start at the top: I procrastinate to absurd levels. For everything. Is a paper due in three months? I know I could do it now . . . or . . . I could wait until the night before, research it, and then write it the morning of. It has gotten to the point that I sometimes procrastinate reading books or watching TV shows by reading less stressful books or watching less stressful TV shows. I.E., when the new season of Game of Thrones comes on I will probably be watching some trashy Big Bang Theory episodes to cope.

I pretty much don't sleep. Case in point: it's 4am right now. Except this is a lie. I do sleep . . . but I sleep like all college kids. Sometimes, for twelve hours, sometimes for three.

Sometimes I will eat upwards of five thousand calories a day, sometimes I will drink a glass of water. It all depends on if I have remembered to eat.

I don't know what inside voices, pants, cleaning my room, or "going to bed" have to do with being a respectable person.

I make jokes out of bad situations because I am bad with bad situations.

I leave my toothbrush on the bathroom counter.

I'm exceptionally lazy. Beyond lazy. Very lazy. Can't finish this sentence lazy . . .can't finish this list lazy . . .

Most of the habits I have are bad. I'm sorry. I never said I was a decent person.

One of my worst habits is my sleeping pattern, or lack thereof. It's winter break and my friends are making statements like "Wow it's going to be rough transitioning back to school after staying up until 2/3 every night." and "I cant believe I slept until noon." Meanwhile, I'm averaging a 7 AM to 3PM sleep schedule. And on the days I have plans (which for some reason ends up being a lot of them even though I don't even have friends??????) I don't even get to sleep until 3 because my friends want me to meet up at like, 2. Which means getting getting ready at 1. Which means setting an alarm for 12 to mentally prepare myself to wake up at my 12:30 alarm and shower. And also a 12:15 and 12:45 and 1:00 and 1:15 alarm just in case. And then imagine when my friends want to hang out at 1. I have to shift the process back an hour. Life is so rough, man. And when I'm in school, I sleep at 5 instead of 7. Which was fine when I had 11 AM classes every day (lol as if I slept better in high school when I had to wake up early) but now that I have a 9:30 AM twice a week and a 9:00 AM it'll be slightly worse. I might just forgo sleep and do it when I come back from class. We'll see.

Another really bad habit I have is not eating regularly. I don't do it on purpose but sometimes I'll just be chilling and look at the time and oops I haven't eaten in 30 hours. Once upon a recent times it was pretty bad, but recently it's been better, so I won't go more than a whole day without eating usually and it'll be around one or two meals a day (I mean, I don't consider two meals a day irregular, like I don't think the day is long enough to fit three entire meals in so if I eat two then it's all good, but a lot of the time I'll just eat one which is probably not good or I'll just drink something in the afternoon/eat something very small which isn't a full meal). But yeah I think a lot of it is that I live at school and so I have to physically go to the dining hall to eat and it's not even about laziness but about the fact that I'm not thinking about it so like since the food isn't in front of me I won't think about it and even though my friends usually do send the "food?" group text, usually there a bunch of those periodically since everyone has different class times and hunger times so I'm usually like "I'll eat later" (or in class) and then I just don't. I don't know, it happens. I guess the eating once a day thing isn't really the healthiest and I'm trying to stick to two food things a day so my metabolism doesn't slow down and I don't gain weight but I'm home for winter break and I wake up so late that it's dinner time so I'll see how that goes.

A habit I've carried with me throughout my school years that's gotten waaaay worse in college that Kiersten also had on her list is procrastination. In high school I'd just put things off until the night before. Senior year of high school, I started putting them off until the morning of. In college though, my procrastination game is off the charts. I've started just not starting things and not giving a glying fladoodle about the fact, not even pretending to open a word document. 1500 word paper due at 11:00 AM? Ill just start it at 9:00 AM, it'll be totally fine. Or 9:30. Maybe 10:00. Professors need to stop giving me good grades on these assignments so I'll start doing them earlier and my writing will be...writier. Wow I'm totally a Journalism major with total great command of the English language. My efforts to avoid doing assignments have reached such great heights that to even write of them gives me anxiety remembering the situations. Just ask anyone that's spent any time in my vicinity though and they'll tell you of how much of my own worst enemy I am, though.

Kiersten also mentioned this one (as will Amrutha) and it's nail biting! I bite my nails without realizing it and the most annoying part for me is that when they grow out, the grow out unevenly so my nail shape is just ugly and then I don't like the way they look so I cut them and I never have long nails but I never have long nails anyway because I bite them so it's a vicious cycle. I doubt I'll ever stop to be honest.

I feel like my section is getting really long but I just have so many things wrong with me. I also never wear my glasses. To be fair, my vision isn't actually that bad. I think my prescription is a -1.25 in one eye and a -1.00 in the other. So I can totally see fine. I mean, I also think my prescription isn't entirely accurate and might need to be stronger but I also think whatever it is still isn't that bad anyway. And I really don't like the way I look in glasses and before you mention contacts, I tried those when I was 14 and while they were fine, it was too much hassle for someone whose eyes aren't that bad and doesn't wear glasses all the time anyway. Even though I'm supposed to wear them all the time, which is why it counts as a bad habit. I used to keep them in the car when I could drive because on my license it says I have to wear them while driving (I don't) so I figured if I ever got pulled over I'd put them on, but now I'm epileptic and can't drive so that's not an issue for me. I wear them occasionally in classes or while watching movies or very seldom TV, if I have a headache, but other than that I try not to let them harsh my vibes.

Okay, this is going to be my last one, even though I could probably go on forever, and props to you if you've read all of these because I ramble a lot. This last bad habit is being inconsistent with my medication and is probably the worst technically speaking. I take epilepsy medication and I'm supposed to take it at 11:00 PM every night but a lot of the time I'm just not in my room or not home or I just forget so I end up taking it really late so the times I take it will be inconsistent and there have definitely been a few times I've forgotten to take it altogether, usually after a very tiring night. This contributes to migraines and seizures and also various other things I won't get into right now because my section is already way too long but it's generally not a fun time so it's important I'm on track with the medication. Usually I'm alright with it, but I just have to work on making sure I take everything on time and on a daily basis, which I'm trying to be better with!

Do I have any habits that are even a little okay?

One of my worst habits is biting my nails, which I have been doing since I've had teeth. For some reason, I've never been able to break it, and I've tried everything. Because its a nervous habit, I never notice when I'm doing it, unless someone points it out to me. It's really sad that I bite my nails so often especially because I have literally the shortest nails out of anyone I know.

Another bad habit I have is that I have a terrible sleeping pattern, in that sometimes I'll sleep late and wake up early and sometimes I'll just sleep for like 14 hours and there really is no solid in between. Another problem is that I wake up every couple of hours and go back to sleep instinctively and I can't seem to break it.

What are some of your bad habits?
Let us know in the comments!

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