We all have habits, whether they are good or bad. Most people end up in the state of “why is this happening to me” or “why is my life like this”, its because you allowed those natural tendencies (aka habits) to rule your life without thinking about it. You do not end up where you are by accident. If you want to change your life then you should evaluate your actions or habits that you have.
If you want to create a new healthy habits in May (for #makeahabitmay)- that is fantastic! Making the decision is the first step, but there has to be a plan of action after that. If you want to get better at anything then you need to be able to track it. There are many ways and tools available to track habits and goals.
Here are some ways you can keep track of your habits:
If you are someone who physically needs to cross off a to do list here are some ways you could do it:
Spread sheet – you could make a spread sheet with the number of days in a month and mark off each day as you go. A bullet journal is also very similar to this if you want to be more creative and enjoy calligraphy.
Create a chain – Jerry Seinfeld would lay out a years calendar at a glance notice and would fill in a big red X for every day he wrote new content. His goal was to “not break the chain”. You could do the same thing or literally make a paper chain.
There is something truly satisfying to cross off a to do list or check a box when you completed something. There is science behind this feeling. When you feel like you did something right or your accomplish something, the brain releases a hormone called dopamine which is associated with feelings of pleasure. When you cross off items on your to do list, it also frees up your brain to focus on the other tasks. If you cant tell I am a to do list kind of person!
There Is An App For That
There are a lot of great apps out there if you are someone who likes keeping everything on your phone or on other electronic devices. I personally use Productive. If you pay for the premium you can track as many habits as you want, plus it give you your stats and cute icons to go with it. Some other great ones are Habit Bull, Streaks, and Today Habit Tracker.
Plus– Mark it in your calendar
Michael Hyatt says “claim your calendar before someone else does.” Make an appointment with yourself to set aside time to complete your habits. This helps to protect your time to focus on your new habit. I use the Full Focus Planner, but you can even use a calendar app on your phone/computer.
At the end of the day pick something that is going to help motivate you to stay on track. If you mess up and miss a day pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again! No one is perfect. So keep on tracking those habits!
Let me know what habits you are tracking this month and how you are doing it in the comments!