We all have bad habits that are believed to be ruining our lives – preventing us from achieving our goals and reducing productivity. Whether it is nail-biting, swearing, laziness, procrastination, or any of the other bad habits discussed below. Fortunately, not all is bad about having these habits. You are probably wondering how a bad habit can be good for you. Surprisingly, some of them make your life easier and help you achieve your goals even earlier or better than the most disciplined person. Read on to find out how you can benefit from having a bad habit.
1. Procrastinating increases efficiency and productivity
Have you already done your homework, or are you waiting for the deadline? How many unanswered emails do you have? Do you have a chair at the corner of your bedroom piled will dirty or unfolded clean clothes? If you are a procrastinator, you are not alone. Statistics indicate that 80-95% of the population, and especially college students, are procrastinators.
When you have to perform a task that you don’t particularly like, you will most likely put off doing it until the very last minute. However, procrastinating can make you very good at prioritizing and can also improve your focus.
When you have several pending tasks, then you will prioritize the most important of these to beat the deadline. Additionally, you will avoid adding any unnecessary details, thus focusing on only the important parts.
Being a procrastinator also makes you a more efficient and productive person. You can work well under pressure and also produce better results in less time.
2. Sarcastic people have a sharper brain
This is one particular skill that gets a bad rap, especially by sensitive people. But according to a Harvard University study, sarcasm is good for both the expresser and the recipient. It promotes creativity on both the recipient and the one dishing it and could be a sign of intelligence.
Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligenceOscar Wilde
Both sides are challenged mentally by having the expresser construct a sentence that the recipient then deduces the literal and the intended meaning. The expresser’s brain has to work harder to create such a complex sentence, the same way as the recipient’s mind tries to understand and make a matching comeback.
Nonetheless, it is understandable that many consider it a bad habit as it is mainly used to express disapproval or scorn than just humor, hence should be used in moderation.
3. Laziness is the mother of invention
Of course, the saying is supposed to be ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, but it applies to laziness too. When assigned a task, a lazy person always looks for the easiest way to do it. They do not want to waste their energy doing any extra work to get to their goal. One would like to think that some of the greatest inventions were either designed by lazy people or for them. For instance, the inventors of the wheel probably felt unmotivated to walk from one place to another. Other inventions that were probably made by people channeling their inner laziness include escalators, computers, smartphones, remotes, electric toothbrushes, and credit cards.
4. Binge-watching reduces stress
Binge-watching is perhaps one of the most common ways most of us spend our weekends and off days. With the hectic lives we lead today, it is great to finally have time to catch up on our favorite TV shows that we never get time to watch in real-time. However, people will still look down on you if they find out you spent so much time binge-watching, considering it a waste of time. Fortunately, binge-watching is good for you. It is a chance for you to escape the real world and get lost in whatever TV show you are watching; No matter whether you are transported to the 1743 Scotland world of Outlander or the medieval times of Game of Thrones and Merlin. If you prefer watching comedies, then not only will they provide entertainment, but also a chance to relax and let go of stress. After all, laughter is still the best medicine!.
There have been claims that binge-watching could also help to reduce depression. It makes you remember there is more to life than your immediate situation and find comfort.
5. Fidgeting improves blood circulation
Tap! Tap! Tap! Is that your finger drumming on the table? Many people have this bad habit where they are always restless and can’t stay still. This might be driving the people around them crazy, but who knew that this habit could be beneficial. Fidgeting keeps your body active and is a form of exercise that helps to burn some calories. Tapping or swinging your feet results in better heart health as this behavior enhances blood circulation even while sitting, reducing the risk of arterial diseases.
6. Swearing relieves pain and stress
What happens when you trip and fall? Or you hit your toe against the corner of the table? Or caught your finger(s) in a door as you closed it? You most likely drop some expletives. Swearing in response to pain is an involuntary action for a lot of us. But even though it is considered a bad habit, it has the surprising benefit of reducing pain, according to studies by the Keele University.
Using swear words helps you tolerate stressful situations as it gives you a chance to vent your emotions and release tension. For instance, it is okay to curse when in a tough situation as a way to express your frustration and anger.
However, as with sarcasm, swearing should be done in small doses. The constant use of it will not only result in some side-eyes, but it could also lose its impact in soothing your pain and reducing stress.
7. Napping increases productivity
Sleeping during the day can either be good or bad for you. In most cases, it is seen as a bad habit. After all, why could you be sleeping during the day when there are so many things to do? However, if you are sleep-deprived, working or going through the motions of the day while exhausted could prove counterproductive and you would be more productive after taking a break to nap. Napping for 10 to 20 minutes a day helps to replenish your energy, relax, improve your mood, and maintain brain health.
8. Not making your bed reduces risks to your health
It is drilled into us at a very young age to be tidy and always ensure to make our beds when we wake up. However, it is time to put this habit to rest as it could be posing a risk to your health. According to research by Kingston University, a well-made bed is a perfect home for the millions of dust mites that feed on the dead cells you leave on the bed, all while excreting an allergen that triggers asthma-like symptoms.
An unmade bed, on the other hand, exposes the mites to the sun and moving air, making them dry out and die. At least now you have an excuse when your someone asks you why you didn’t make your bed.
9. Gossiping builds social bonds
Humans are curious in nature and always want to know what is going on in each other’s lives. They are also social beings and are hardwired to want to connect and share with others. Gossiping is as old as time itself and has often been considered a bad habit. However, as bad as it is, there are some benefits to get from it. Since you can’t gossip by yourself(obviously), you have to meet up, call, or exchange texts with your friends. This provides a chance to make social connections. As you share time with friends, your body produces the oxytocin hormone that promotes bonding, trust, and generosity.
10. Daydreaming unleashes your creativity
Daydreaming is a sign that you have an active, healthy brain. It improves your focus and creativity, and that is why you get your best ideas shortly after zoning out. Since you are not in control of your thoughts, daydreaming activates parts of your brain that you don’t normally use when focused on other tasks.
11. Laziness makes you more intelligent
A study by the Florida Gulf Coast University found that there is a correlation between laziness and intelligence. The study found that people who are less physically active are more brain active. They rarely get bored as they will still be deep in thought, unlike their more active counterparts who find it hard to spend their time lounging around. As your mind wanders, this could be the time you get your best ideas and discoveries.
Having a bad habit doesn’t mean there is no good side to it. As seen above, the benefits are numerous. Depending on what your bad habit is, you can strive to get better and overcome it. In the meantime, don’t judge yourself too harshly, and instead, take advantage of the benefits you could get from the habit.
Do you possess any of the above habits?