MY FIVE FAULTS I’VE LEARNED TO LOVE // + tell me yours to win a dvd bundle!


My dad’s side of the family is renowned for always being late. In fact, if I arrive somewhere on time (or within five minutes) I class that as being early. I used to stress out about it, and even attempted to become one of ‘those early people’ a few times, but the reality is I hate standing around waiting for things to start. It makes me irrationally angry. Being an extroverted-introvert, I also can’t bear mindless small talk: I’d much rather come flying in at the last second, do what I’m there to do, then dash off again. In fact, I’ve come to realise that I thrive on that ‘fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants’ feeling – a slight panic actually gets me motivated.


If I have two weeks to get something done, you can guarantee I’ll start it the evening before it’s due, then spend the next few hours cursing myself for not starting it sooner. But the funny thing is… I work better under pressure. Maybe it’s because I spent 20 years as a journalist meeting deadlines for some of the world’s most iconic titles (including Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Guardian and Red), or because I don’t have time to overthink what I’m doing, or maybe it’s just the way I’m wired but my best work always happens when I’m seriously under the cosh.


I am utterly hopeless at directions when I’m driving. I can easily navigate my way around a strange city by foot and am usually quite logical, but the moment I get behind a wheel my sense of direction completely disappears. I’m that annoying driver who’s driving too slowly, peering at street signs, or pulling over every 10 minutes to try and figure out where the hell I am. The one who arrives at appointments even later than usual, because I’ve managed to go the wrong way at least twice during my journey. OH is utterly baffled by my directional ineptitude – I could literally get lost driving a straight line.


I’ve tried keeping a tidy workspace, I really have; I’ve probably kept WH Smith in business with the amount of penholders and folders and document trays I’ve bought over the years. But the moment I’ve neatly filed away all those paper piles, I can’t find a bloody thing! For some reason my brain responds better to sloppy towers than sensibly collated paperwork. Those haphazard piles? Sure, they’re not very aesthetic, but I (more or less) know where every single thing is. By an equally strange quirk, this ONLY applies to my workstation – I hate mess anywhere else in the house.


Yes, I’m one of those annoying people who knows a never-ending stream of random stuff. Mostly this is not useful day-to-day information, such as: When does the school term finish? Or, what time is that really important appointment? It’s stuff like – what’s the name of that disease that eats your flesh (necrotising fasciitis)? Or how many times has Kim Kardashian been married (three times: Damon Thomas, Kris Humphries and Kanye West)? Not particularly useful 98 percent of the time, but trust me – you want me on your team when you’re playing Trivial Pursuit.

What are your best bad habits? Tell me in a comment, and I’ll pick one at random to win a bundle of DVDS (The Martian, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children & 10 Cloverfield Lane). 

• have you read – ‘How to cope with parenting when you’re an extroverted-introvert‘? 

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  1. eating too much rubbish from the naughty cupboard

  2. Annabel Greaves - October 11, 2018 reply

    I am addicted to reality TV, I cannot help tuning in xx

  3. Know it all

  4. Mine are talking too loud and eating too fast.

  5. Susie Wilkinson - October 11, 2018 reply

    Where do I start…….. talking too much, making inappropriate comments, being sarcastic, stealing all the pens at work (I actually consider that a challenge, if my pen holder isn’t full by lunch I’m having a bad day!), having meltdowns, being an expert procrastinator, wandering off in strange places thinking I know the way, and mainly, just being generally annoying!

    • Hi Susie, my first winner never got back to me, so I’ve randomly selected your name instead! Can you email me please? Address is in my ‘About Me’ section on the home page, or you can tweet me at @JaxFortyNorth xxx

  6. Margaret GALLAGHER - October 11, 2018 reply

    I’m great at organising but not good at delegating – really need to get a balance
    I call myself a ” collector ” others say ” boarder ”
    Would love DVDS

  7. Margaret GALLAGHER - October 11, 2018 reply

    I’m great at organising but not good at delegating – I’m great at making others happy and smiling but often overlook my own happiness
    DVDS would be fab

  8. Leaving piles of ironing on the table for days because I can’t be bothered sorting it out. I often have to wash some of it again if the cats sit on it.
    Being overly fussy about grammar, punctuation and syntax.

  9. Mine are leaving piles of ironing on the table for days because I can’t be bothered sorting it out. I often have to wash some of it again if the cats sit on it. Also, being overly fussy about grammar, punctuation and syntax.

  10. donna skelton - October 12, 2018 reply

    My fiance says nagging about how much coffee he drinks

  11. Laura Pritchard - October 12, 2018 reply

    I talk over people & don’t listen properly – I try not to but just can’t help myself!

  12. Being a chocoholic and not putting any weight on 😉

  13. Drinking too much and falling to sleep fully clothed with a full face of make-up only to be woken up by the postman the next day. He must think I apply my make-up panda style on purpose!.

  14. I talk too much probably cause ive had way too much coffee

  15. My bad habit is correcting peoples grammer, I only do it to be nice! I can be annoying…

  16. laura stewart - October 12, 2018 reply

    annoying people! 🙂

  17. I’m a bit of a hoarder

  18. Binging on Netflix with a bag of Doritos

  19. andrea tinkler - October 12, 2018 reply

    I pick leftovers from the kids plate. I try not too but i just hate waste. need to stop though as i am off on holiday soon and want to get some timber off

  20. being too messy.

  21. Mien is not pacing myself. being a sufferer of ehlers danlos syndrome – a rare incurable condition who suffers a minimum of 8 dislocations a day means I struggle with day to day living and the anxiety that comes with it but i realy must learn to pace myself

  22. My best bad habit is being chaotic, but also knowing where everything is!!

  23. Crisp muncher

  24. Michelle Smith - October 13, 2018 reply

    Put it off I do this a lot.

  25. I am a chatterbox and teller of too much information

  26. Sally Collingwood - October 13, 2018 reply

    I but in and finish peoples sentences by talking over them, I can’t help it, I must gain more self control!!

  27. Charlie Brunton - October 13, 2018 reply

    I’m too quick to get in a huffy mood! Especially over a messy house.. i’ll go around cleaning & stropping about doing it by myself but if i’m offered help I’ll moodily say no!

  28. I’m always talking to myself. It’s really thinking out loud but if I do it when I’m walking along people do give me some very funny looks!

  29. Hoarding stuff which might – one day in the distant future – come in useful!

  30. Saying sorry all the time aha drives everyone mad

  31. Saying sorry all the time aha drives everyone mad x

  32. Angie McDonald - October 14, 2018 reply

    I love to try and stay organised but now I have far too many half00filled notebooks with lists and pieces of paper with information I can never find when I need them

  33. Sharon Wilkes - October 14, 2018 reply

    Well I talk too much (apparently)
    I m a bit of a stickler for putting things away. (Everything has it’s place)
    I am always rushing around but I.d rather do that than sit around rotting.

  34. Catherine Stewart - October 14, 2018 reply

    Singing all the time- I annoy myself!

  35. Loved reading this and discovering more similarities- I retain a lot of mostly useless info too, I’m also pretty rubbish when it comes to directions on the road and I definitely need pressure to get my booty into gear so love a deadline x

  36. Mine is being OCD with regard to crumbs – I hate seeing a crumb so cannot settle there are none within view!

  37. Cake, I could eat cake all day long

  38. I don’t have much will power at all! It doesn’t take much for me to give up on a diet or pledge!

  39. Haha, I am total with you on the being late to the party and putting things off! I think my worst trait is taking over, I am NOT a good teacher. I find it so much easier to do things myself rather than show someone else how to do it. That said, it has helped me to build my blog and now I can be proud that I did it by myself 🙂

  40. mine is leaving anything to do until the last minute

  41. jacqui rushton - October 19, 2018 reply

    Fussing over my little ones because I care about them so much!

  42. I’m a a real ‘rule follower’, I’m sure I annoy people with it but I like to be right!
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  43. Talking too much and too loudly (ex teachers voice)

  44. Jeanette Leighton - October 19, 2018 reply

    Eating to much chocolate… And watching to many soaps on TV

  45. Jeanette Leighton - October 19, 2018 reply

    Eating to much chocolate and watching to many soaps on TV

  46. Eating to much junk out the cupboard

  47. dunno

  48. Rachel Butterworth - October 27, 2018 reply

    My best bad habit is correcting people when they sing the wrong song lyrics. Annoying to them, immensely satisfying to me.

  49. Clare Hubbard - October 30, 2018 reply

    I like to write lists to get organised, but I write so many lists I lose them, become very disorganised and forget what I’m supposed to be doing. You can be guaranteed I will find it the next day when it is too late, same happens for shopping lists!

  50. my family think I am opiniated but I don’t think I am … I think when it comes to agreeing with them I stand up for myself and they don’t like that

  51. Roger Stanley - November 10, 2018 reply

    Being a pessimist

  52. I talk out loud to myself and hum

  53. Eating Halloween Candy

  54. Caroline Signey - November 15, 2018 reply

    Spending too much time on my iPad but it works out cos I’ve won the odd competition!

  55. Leaving chores for as long as possible

  56. i like to check the weather and aways tell people whether its going to rain or not!!!

  57. Once I’ve started something, I have to finish it.

  58. Tidying up after family. I’m a real clean freak and like everything neat and tidy and organised.

  59. Andrzej Szymanski - November 17, 2018 reply

    Leaving to do things until the last minute.

  60. binge watching box sets and telling myself just another episode when i’m supposed to be sleeping.Especially with Game Of Thrones and being too addicted to social media.

  61. Falling asleep with the TV on and snoring like crazy because I am lying on my back

  62. Rebecca Whatmore - November 18, 2018 reply

    Not putting things back where I found them.

  63. I’m a perfectionist – I like everything to be just so!

  64. I eat way too many crisps!

  65. Charlotte Wilde - November 18, 2018 reply

    being TOO organised and fretting about not sticking to my list!

  66. I don’t think any of my bad habits have a positive! I suck my thumb, drink too much wine and watch tons of Netflix.

  67. Victoria Bazley - November 18, 2018 reply

    Sticking my nose into things.

  68. Carolynn Woodland - November 18, 2018 reply

    Too ‘busy’ to do housework or should that read ‘lazy’

  69. Mine is definitely going on my phone too much when I should be doing more productive things!

  70. Ive given up doing ironing!! I used to get miserable looking at the huge pile of clothes ready for me to iron, now I just put it all away and iron it when needed and it helps to make you feel like you have less to do. I have also given up beating myself up about not being able to drive, I have had so many lessons and I just cannot get to grips with it, now I just appreciate the fact that I have to walk everywhere as it keeps me fit or I would be the size of a house with the amount I eat lol.

  71. Natalie Crossan - November 19, 2018 reply

    i bake to try and relax! Plus it distracts the kids when they have a constant supply of baked goods 😉

  72. being very nosey

  73. Procrastination is my worst habit (and I have many bad habits unfortunately but they do make me Me, flaws and all) x

  74. champaklal Lad - November 19, 2018 reply

    tasty crisps and luxury chocolate

  75. Pam Francis Gregory - November 19, 2018 reply

    Too much of a gossip!

  76. My worst habit is only one that is being too scared and fearful of anything and every thing I find tough or hard to work on.
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