When a person does something each and every day it becomes a routine that leads to a habit. These habits can vary in that are good and some are not so good. Regardless of the type of habit it has become, it can always be changed. This is all up to choice and commitment.
Healthy Habits to Consider
1. Running Late: Consider Others, Give Yourself More Time
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. – Philippians 2:4
So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. – 1 Thessalonians 5:6
A study found that about 20% of the U.S. population is chronically late–but it’s not because they don’t place importance on others’ time. Often it’s more complicated than it would appear. Repetitive lateness is more often related to characteristics such as anxiety. There appears to be some individuals who are drawn to the adrenaline rush of that last-minute dash. Then there are those who receive a self-esteem boost from over-planning and satisfying each minute with commotion.
If you would reflect back over your life, you were most likely late or early all of your life. This pattern makes it some physiological and some psychological. Most chronically tardy people truly do not enjoy being late, but find it is difficult to overcome the habit
SUGGESTIONS: Be a realistic thinker
Punctual people understand the length of time it takes to be prepared. Many time individuals misjudge how long it takes to be ready. Often they do allow for a personal delay or a possible phone call.
Write down and keep a journal how long it takes to complete different tasks. This will help to develop realistic time habits. Chronically people who run late have constantly underestimated their time.
Plan plenty of buffer time.
Punctual people are people who like to arrive early. Lateness for those who are punctual produces feelings of stress and anxiety. Most punctual people spend time reviewing direction, checks the traffic flow, consider weather factors and may even drive to a new location the day prior in order to be acquainted with the route. It is a good idea to allow buffer time for unexpected delays.
Roughly everything we do on a continual basis is spontaneous and predicable. We live our habit filled lives through such activities as bathing, dressing, even driving to work. Punctual people have structured their time to work for them. They analyze their activities form day to day and plan to stick to their schedules on a regular basis. To become punctual be organized with structure and preparation.
Be comfortable with downtime
Remaining punctual means plan on attending appointments and meeting deadline before they are due. This extra planning will allow an opportunity to check emails, look over your notes, and give time to prayer.
2. Gossiping: Are You A Part of The Problem or Solution?
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.
– Proverbs 26:22
Gossip is a very easy snare in which to get trapped. It is important to realize and recognize if you are a portion of the problem or solution. If you are neither, then don’t heed it because you don’t want gossip in your life. Do not get entangled in a gossip web. Instead tell the person nicely that the information is something you don’t need to know.
Gossip is a cancerous disease that produces words that wound and defame. Be aware of the significance of not just keeping what we say in check but make sure it will also be a helpful navigational tool in guiding all speech to the jubilant discipline of using words to support and heal others to the magnificence of God! Gossip is a trigger that starts countless relational fires. We can lessen this insidious problem by bringing our words under the Lordship of Christ.
3. Procrastination: Stop Being Lazy
I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. – Psalm 119:15-16
Procrastinating is a terrible habit that individuals believe they can put off and stop because we have become lazy. Procrastination is the total opposite of persistence. Do not put off things until its last minute. Just hop in and decide to get what needs to be done first. You will then be free to do the relaxing tasks.
Procrastination is viewed as “the act of willfully and knowingly postponing the doing of something that needs to be done”. Sometimes it is in the characteristic way individuals handle problems and conditions.
Christians must not procrastinate when it comes to sharing the gospel with the lost. There is no time to waste. Jesus likened evangelistic labors to a man welcoming people to a great banquet. As he sent out his servants with the invites, he said, “Go speedily into the streets and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame” – Luke 14:21.
When considering our spiritual life, we cannot procrastinate. Procrastination is a terrible habit that can have eternal effects. Kick it out of your life will actually bring freedom and joy.
4. Stop Bad language and Lying Hurtful words. There is great power in the spoken word.
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of the mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. – Ephesians 4:22-24
“Our tongue” is used throughout Scripture in both precise and metaphorical ways. James talks about the tongue being just a small part of the body and in Proverbs it stresses its ability to have power over life and death.
When the tongue is mentions it is most often referred to as a spoken word. Proverbs 15:4 explains the tongue is able to crush the spirit. In Matthew 12:35 Jesus said that “the good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him”. Isaiah 59:2-3 “Men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken” which is a warning for those who aren’t attentive to the words they speak. Matthew 12:37 says “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned”
Indeed God made us to be expressive and he wants us to be able to communicate with Him and others. Psalms 34:13 we are commanded to control our tongues through what we say. We are to keep the tongue fit and from evil and not to speak lies. Every Christian’s speech should unfailingly provide honor and reverence to the Lord. It is with our tongue we are to give Praise to God and provide support and nourishment to others.