Dynamo: A highly energetic and dynamic woman who achieves remarkable things.

Evening Star
As a content strategist and graphic designer, I’ve come to realize that habits play a significant role in shaping my productivity, creativity, and overall well-being. While much attention is given to forming new habits, there’s often a lack of discussion around breaking habits that may not be inherently bad but are certainly hindering our productivity and health.

One habit that I grapple with is my tendency to spend hours on my stock photo accounts, searching for the perfect image for my projects. I find myself mindlessly scrolling through countless images, convinced that the perfect one is just around the corner. Before I know it, hours have passed, and I’m left feeling drained, overwhelmed, and no closer to completing my work.

Since January, I’ve been working on breaking this habit and created a few strategies to help me reclaim my time and focus:

  1. The first step in breaking any habit is becoming aware of it. By recognizing when I’m engaging in my habit of endlessly searching for stock photos, I try to interrupt the pattern and make a conscious choice to redirect my attention elsewhere.
  2. I’m working to set clear boundaries around my time and energy. By establishing specific time limits for research and sticking to the limits (which is haaaaard for me), I can prevent myself from falling into the trap of endless scrolling.
  3. Instead of mindlessly searching for stock photos, I’ve started incorporating alternate activities into my routine to engage my creativity and break the cycle. I have notes posted about don’t scroll – take a walk and Visual Research – Mondays and Wednesdays only. Use this time for yoga!
  4. I have not gone there yet but there are website blockers, I can put in place to help me stay focused and resist the urge to indulge photo research. Creating a distraction-free environment allows me to channel my energy into tasks that truly matter.
  5. I know this is going to take time and patience, so it’s important I practice self-compassion. Instead of berating myself for failing when I do slip, I remind myself that change is a process, and each small step forward is a victory worth celebrating. I then stop as soon as I realize I’m doing it. I write down the search I want to do and save it for a Monday or Wednesday.

Ultimately, breaking habits is about reclaiming control over our time and energy, and empowering ourselves to make choices that align with our goals and values.

Breaking habits that hinder our productivity and health may not be easy, but I’m gradually shifting away towards a more fulfilling and balanced life. Remembering the rewards of increased productivity, creativity, and well-being make it all worthwhile.

I am strong, resilient, and capable of overcoming any challenge.