I read an article about nervous habits and how it can contribute to loss in productivity. I said to myself I don’t do that but my inquisitive mind urged me to check. So I made a little experiment of video recording myself while studying, I setup my cellphone to the recording feature and positioned it right at my table and started reading a book. I actually made a surprising discovery.
For the first 5 minutes nothing happens and subject reads the book with full concentration. At the sixth minute subject gets a little itch on his forehead and engages in scratching it. Then realizing that subject is being watched he sits straight. 2 minutes later he starts feeling his nose. Then scratches his head. 10 minutes to the book reading he starts biting his nails and suddenly stops, sits attentive, 2 minutes after that feels his jawline, scratches his forehead again. Eventually after 2 minutes of reading he feels thirsty and gets up for a drink.
Subject made a fool of himself.
Nervous habits are a huge problem for me and when I get problems I ask God and Google to help. God works in mysterious ways but Google is simpler so I got my results fast.
“Nervous habits are there because u get a psychological reward from them” tells a famous phyciaterist with a difficult name. To get rid of my nervous habits I have to wear gloves to prevent nail betting and concentrate harder to keep the distractions away.
Hope I don’t have to get therapy for this.