“The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
I keep a bullet journal (if you aren’t sure what that is, watch this.) A significant and probably the most impactful part is my habit tracker. As the name suggests, a habit tracker is a chart where I track if I’ve met small daily goals, including both things I want to do and things I don’t want to do. Peruse some of my tasks below!
Wake @ 7AM
Walk Miles x3
The habit tracker does several things to keep me motivated and, well, on track:
- Manually keeping track of tasks lets me visualize how I’m doing. Having an off day isn’t a big deal, but having several off days is glaring (and disappointing!) so there is a need to get back on track.
- I am a stereotypical gamer. I like challenges, I like streaks, and I love achievements. I find it motivating to see how many days I can complete 100% in a row. On a smaller scale, it’s also satisfying to simply check off a box as done!
- Forcing myself to do the same things every day, or even if I don’t do them then to simply acknowledge that the incomplete task, is an incredible way to ingrain these tasks so they more easily become habits.
- Doing the same things every day also helps create a schedule. To complete the tasks, you naturally find what times of day and what order of activities best suits your needs. Establishing a schedule also makes your day more efficient, freeing up time to accomplish even more!
- Tracking your intended habits helps prove what works – and what doesn’t. The structure actually creates a sort of flexibility to adjust goals to ensure your success. For example, I originally set a goal to wake up at 6AM every day. I hadn’t met that goal once this year, but I realized I had gotten up at 7AM several days (still a vast improvement to my 8AM snooze habit). I adjusted the goal so that it was more easily attainable; once 7AM is consistent, I can consider bumping it up to 6AM again!
So far this year, I’ve done well at completing an average of more tasks each day than the days prior. I’m still not at a daily 100% completion rate but I am still making noticeable progress toward my 2018 goals!
Do you track daily habits? If yes, what tracking “system” works for you?