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How Habit Tracking Is The Ultimate Tool In Helping You Reach Your Goals


Success in your personal life soaks through to your professional life by giving you the energy and confidence you need to succeed.


But what is “success” in your personal life? It’s completely up to you!


For me it’s, sticking to habits that show myself love and care (even if they aren’t my fav thing). I keep tabs on this by habit tracking because it lets me see the progress I’m making. I’ve become such a fan of it, I felt I had to share it here!


What is habit tracking?


Habit tracking is an organized and visual way for you to keep tabs on the habits you want to build or the habits you want to break. It involves a calendar, a habit tracker, or even a habit-tracking app. Using one of these methods you’ll be able to mark off the days you’ve achieved or avoided a habit.


Habit tracking can be done for daily, weekly, or monthly habits you want to build. You can track anything you want, but if you need some inspiration to get started take a look at the list of ideas below.


Ideas of what to track on a habit tracker:

Daily:

  • Up by 6 am

  • Took vitamins

  • Made bed

  • 30-minute workout

  • Stretched

  • Journaled

  • Created

  • Read

  • Bed by 10:30 pm


Weekly:

  • Tidied living space

  • Laundry

  • Cleaned bathrooms

  • Washed floors


Monthly:

  • Paid bills

  • Reviewed budget

  • Added to long-term savings

  • Deep cleaned your home



Why use a habit tracker? Is it worth your time?

There are so many benefits to habit-tracking that make using one worth your time.


It helps you monitor and achieve your goals

When making goals it’s important to break them down into smaller, actionable steps. And, a great way to monitor your progress on these steps is to track them, so that what you’re doing with your day, your week, or your month, is helping you move towards your goals.


For example, if your goal is to read 24 books this year, you can break this down into…

  • Reading two books a month

    • You can keep tabs on this by adding it to your monthly habit tracking as “read 2 books”

  • You can break this down even further by creating a daily goal to keep you on track for finishing those two books each month.

    • For example, let’s pretend the two books you’d like to read this month are each 300 pages. This means that each day you’ll want to read approximately 10 pages. So to your daily habit tracker, you can add, “read 10 pages”


Tracking each of these steps toward your goal is helping you check in with yourself and evaluate what you’re doing well, or what you can improve on.


It helps you build routines

Creating a routine takes time and discipline, and when you’re putting the work in each day, this adds up. So, if you want to have a productive morning routine, add the steps to your daily habit-tracking plan.


It's a visual way to see your goal progress

Because you’re marking the days you’ve achieved a habit, your creating a visual way to see the work you’re putting into your goals each day. This quick visual is helpful in keeping you on track.


It helps you be accountable to yourself

Knowing that you’ll be facing your habits in your habit tracker helps you prioritize acting on the habits you want to create. Because you know that facing the tracker means you’ll be disappointed or frustrated with yourself.


For example, if you want to be sure you’re prioritizing your sleep and getting to be at a certain time, and you’ve added this to your tracker, you’re more likely to turn off the tv and get off to bed at the time you’ve set for yourself.


It helps you celebrate all the little successes

It helps you see the little successes you’re making every day. And, I believe that success in any area of your life soaks through to others. It can help you in your personal life and your business life


It fuels your motivation

The act of tracking your habits alone gives you a feeling of accomplishment and this feeds your motivation to continue showing up and taking action on the habits you want.


It helps you identify habits that are helping you

It helps you evaluate the habits serving you (or not serving you). Maybe you thought being part of the 5 am club is what you needed, but it isn’t helping you the way you thought it would, so you decide to leave this habit out of your tracker and long-term goals.


Books about habit tracking and inspiring new habits:

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear

  • Why We Sleep by Mathew Walker

  • The Power of Why by Amanda Lang

  • The Five-Second Rule by Mel Robbins

  • Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert


If you’ve been looking for a way to keep your goals on track or to develop a productive morning routine, give habit tracking a try.

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