Have you heard of a habit tracker? While the concept is one that’s been around for ages, it’s recently begun to gain traction among people who are trying to stay on track with making positive changes. There are various types of trackers, but the point of these tools is the same. They provide a place for you to record the habits you’re currently working on and to keep track of your daily progress toward making those new routines stick. Tracking your desired activities can ensure you are completing them. With repetition, they will soon become automatic actions you don’t even have to think about. Let me share with you more about what this useful resource is and just how to keep a habit tracker.
About Habit Trackers
Your habit tracker can be in paper form, online or in an app. The format you choose is up to you. It should fit your preferences and your lifestyle. Many people like to create their own record keeping system in a journal so that they can customize the set up and use their creativity. This may be ideal for you, especially if you prefer to use pen and paper to record your thoughts. If you’re someone who enjoys organization, you may wish to use a spreadsheet to keep trick of things. You’re likely to be able to find an easy program online for habit tracking if you want to be able to access electronic data on any device. For those who live by their handheld devices, a mobile app could be the best choice.
Using Your Tracker
If you’re making your own habit tracker on paper, you can structure the format any way you want. However, I can give you some general guidelines to get you started. Consider adding the month and the year at the top of your page as your title. Your top row of content could contain a space for each day of the month. Down the side of the page is where you should list each task you intend to track. You color code your tasks to assist in the organizing process or use stickers to add emphasis to important milestones. Making your own record keeping system can be fun and unique. If you go with a digital system, you will follow the guidelines already in place with your program. Experiment with different ones to see which you like best.
Tips for Tracking
Be sure not to attempt to track too many habits at once. As we’ve mentioned, it can become overwhelming to try to manage too many changes. They key to forming habits that become automatic is repetition. You’ll be more apt to seamlessly adapt a new task into your routine if you can do it every day. Keeping your new habits to a manageable number can improve your odds of doing this. Keep going for at least a month before revising habits or adding a new one. This is a good amount of time to let your new routine sink in. Another tip is to do each habit at the same time each day. This will cause new neural pathways to form in your brain that make the action begin to seem easier. Add triggers such as an alarm or action like getting out of bed to help remind you.
A habit tracker can be your new best friend on the road to keeping your resolution. Give this method a shot if you want your new activities to become ingrained into your routine and to have a record of your progress.
The Importance of Your “Why”
In this article, I want to revisit the concept of your why. If you’ll recall, your why is essentially your reason for pursuing a particular goal or resolution in the first place. It’s the underlying factor that guides your actions. That’s why it’s so important to understand it. Sometimes we think we understand our reasoning for wanting something, and we don’t ever question or examine it. It’s my opinion that you have to truly get up close and personal with your purpose if you truly want to succeed at something. Let me explain that further and explain the importance of your why.
More About Your Why
Your why tells you what’s really important to you. It lets you prioritize your goals and helps to ensure you’re not going after something that isn’t what you truly want. Without knowing your why, it’s easy to end up chasing a dream that doesn’t suit you. I use the word “purpose” interchangeably with the idea of why. That’s because I think your why honestly should be the purpose behind everything you do. Having a goal without fully understanding your why is setting yourself up for a difficult journey, at best, and failure, at worst.
The Importance of Your Why
The why of your resolution is important for a number of reasons. It gives you a better understanding of yourself. To fully understand why you are doing something requires self-examination. This sometimes scares people, but I can assure you it’s worth it for the results it can bring. Knowing your why provides you with a guide to follow. Without it, you’re lost and are simply moving toward what you hope is the right destination. That’s no way to get what you want. If you find yourself too lost on your journey, there’s a good chance you’ll never get where you want to be. Having a thorough understanding of your why is one of the best motivators around. You can pull it out when times are the hardest. Because it’s such a deeply personal aspect based on your core values, your why should resonate with you strongly enough to move you past the challenges.
Tips for Finding Your Why
Finding your why basically boils down to asking yourself a lot of questions. The answers will help you to determine whether the goal or resolution you have in mind thoroughly resonates with you or if you should either tweak it a bit or scrap it entirely. Grab a pen and paper to take notes as you evaluate each goal. Write down the reasons this particular target is important to you. If you have to struggle, chances are this aspiration isn’t an authentic fit and will be difficult to achieve. Next, jot down how you will feel or what you will gain from achieving this goal. Finally, just ask yourself if reaching this milestone will make you happy. You’ll learn a lot from that question alone.
You can probably tell I’m quite passionate about the concept of why in goal setting. I highly recommend you get in touch with your own purpose in pursuing the goals you choose as we continue in this process. You’re likely to discover so much.