If you want to live an exceptional life you can't conduct yourself like every other regular person. It means taking a good look at how you spend your minutes, hours and days and figuring out which habits are helping you achieve great things, and which ones are keeping you down. Here are 10 self-defeating habits to banish right now.

Watching TV

Everybody has at least one show they wait every week to watch. But sitting on the couch in front of the television for several hours every day is a colossal waste of time. What could you be doing instead? Tackling a big domestic project you've been putting off? Exercising to shed those pounds which have been bothering you? Reading a book and gaining a fresh perspective? Taking an evening class to broaden your career options? You only have so much time on this planet--don't spend it thoughtlessly.

Playing video games

Researchers have determined that a rising number of able-bodied young men are working fewer hours and spending more of their time playing video games, often living with parents for longer periods of time. While games like Fortnite may feel immersive and engaging, they certainly won't provide the kinds of skills and experiences which will put food on the table for a family when you're in your 40s and 50s.

Comparing yourself with others

Regardless of how perfect other people's lives seem, you know intellectually it's not true. Human beings are universally flawed, even the best relationships will involve conflict and when unpleasant things happen they hardly ever get broadcasted on Facebook. Envy will steal your joy 100-percent of the time.


Wasting time on the internet may be the most common way people put off doing real work. It's a bad feeling to realize you've spent half a day at your desk and gotten nothing accomplished. Instead, clear your head by organizing your office. Then, pick a task and give yourself a deadline for getting it done as well as something pleasurable you'll do once it's accomplished.


Whether you're concerned with what others think about you or playing out every bad scenario which could come to fruition, worry is not helping you. Mentally tally the minutes and hours you've spent obsessing about things you have no control over. How has spending time in this manner benefitted you?

Eating fast food

Just don't do it. You will never look and feel your best if you put this crap into your mouth. Plan ahead, keep nuts or energy bars in your car for times when you're famished and bring a home-made lunch to work. If you can't muster the energy to prepare in this way, you probably don't have what it takes to get other important things done.

Behaving inconsistently with your kids

This one is a weakness for me. I want my kids to give up their phones at a certain time every night, but half the time end up forgetting to enforce the rule. Inconsistency makes for bad parenting, and misbehaving children.

Shopping as a hobby

You probably don't need more stuff. Spending money as a means to fill up a hole in your life will only lead to debt and having to maintain too many possessions. Buying things will never make you happy long-term.

Being physically inactive

It's possible to be younger than your chronological age. But it's going to take some effort if you want to be biologically 35 when you're really 50. If you want to strong, healthy and young for as long as possible you need to make daily exercise a habit.

Getting all your news from one source

Unbiased journalism is a rarity, particularly in the current environment wherein a disproportionate number of headlines revolve around Donald Trump. Surely, other important things are happening in the world. Be smart and tap into a variety of outlets for your news. According to the Pew Research Center, a few of the most trusted news sources--regardless of whether survey respondents identify with being liberal or conservative--include The Economist, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, and Google News.