|A new year in New York City brings another chance to do things right.|
Although I’m still recovering from the post-holiday blues (I’m always sad when Christmas is over), I love that the New Year brings another chance to do things right. Rather than coming up with a laundry list of resolutions to keep, I have decided to focus on phasing out some of the not-so-good habits I’ve developed since moving to New York City. Are they “that” bad? Nah, not really. But breaking these five NYC habits in 2016 can’t hurt.
Ordering from Seamless too often.
I love ordering delivery from Seamless, because it’s so convenient – too convenient, actually. There have been days when I ordered delivery twice, and weeks when I’ve ordered in daily. That can’t be good. Even though I don’t make a habit of selecting junk food, those sushi lunch specials from Shoga Sushi & Oyster Bar and salads from Chop’t add up to be a pretty fat bill.
|Who can refuse delivery when food looks like this?|
Pulling frequent all-nighters.
Studies show that creative people tend to be night owls, so I know I won’t be transitioning into a regular early bird anytime soon. But pulling too many all-nighters last year (and all the years I’ve been living in NYC) definitely took a toll on my health. Working through the night once in a while may be necessary at times, but I need to stop making it a regular habit if I want to stay energetic and sickness-free.
Only leaving my apartment at night.
When working from home, it’s easy to get caught up in my own little bubble of productivity. And unlike Tracy, I don’t have an adorable doggy as an incentive to get out of the house and take a walk around the neighborhood. When I do go out, it’s usually at night when my friends and I can catch up over cocktails on the Lower East Side, or hang out at a comedy club. There’s so much to do and explore in New York City during the day, and I need to make more of an effort to venture out before the sun goes down.
|If only I had a Bogey, I’d be forced to leave my apartment during daylight hours.|
Saying “yes” to every free drink.
Being friends with the bartender at a local watering hole can be a blessing and a curse. Endless rounds of free drinks might be great for my budget, but it’s never fun waking up the next morning (hence, why Sunday brunch has never been a habit of mine). This year, I’m convincing myself that just because something is free, doesn’t mean I can’t turn it down.
Getting distracted by my day jobs.
Moving to NYC, becoming my own boss, and being able to pay my bills feels fabulous. At the end of the day, however, that’s not why I came here. I think for any “starving artist,” it’s easy to get distracted by the constant need to do whatever it takes to get by. Rather than allowing another year to pass with the majority of my time and efforts being dedicated to my day jobs (yes, plural), I’m determined to make 2016 a time of personal milestones and career advances. After all, New York is the place to make it all happen.
|New York is a place to make it happen.|
Do you have any bad NYC habits?