Day 10 - Habit Tracker

Day10-Habit(1).png

Habit Trackers. A fun list in a diagram-like format that is created in a fun way to remind you daily of behavior you want to repeat regularly, so that it ultimately occurs naturally.

Easier drawn than done. In the video below I walk you through:

  • What my habit tracker layout looks like
  • Behaviors that I want to repeat daily
  • How to create a habit tracker

Some examples of habits to track are shown beautifully here:

Day10-habit(6).jpg

But there is more to it than just drawing a box and coloring it in... so I wanted to share with you a bit of psychology around habits, which I came across many years ago via NPR "Habits: How They Form And How To Break Them"

AND ways to achieving those habits - In Scott H. Young's article "18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick" the first 5 points are spot on...

1. Commit to Thirty Days – Three to four weeks is all the time you need to make a habit automatic. If you can make it through the initial conditioning phase, it becomes much easier to sustain. A month is a good block of time to commit to a change since it easily fits in your calendar.

2. Make it Daily – Consistency is critical if you want to make a habit stick. If you want to start exercising, go to the gym every day for your first thirty days. Going a couple times a week will make it harder to form the habit. Activities you do once every few days are trickier to lock in as habits.

3. Start Simple – Don’t try to completely change your life in one day. It is easy to get over-motivated and take on too much. If you wanted to study two hours a day, first make the habit to go for thirty minutes and build on that.

4. Remind Yourself – Around two weeks into your commitment it can be easy to forget. Place reminders to execute your habit each day or you might miss a few days. If you miss time it defeats the purpose of setting a habit to begin with. HABIT TRACKER FOR THE WIN!

5. Stay Consistent – The more consistent your habit the easier it will be to stick. If you want to start exercising, try going at the same time, to the same place for your thirty days. When cues like time of day, place and circumstances are the same in each case it is easier to stick.

 

In August of 2016 I posted this video of Habit Trackers that covers the topic so well, I am sharing it now as it is still VERY relevant.  

There are plenty examples of more detailed Future Date lists, which I include in the example photos below and saved to my Pinterest board. They can be found in various social media apps like Pinterest, Instagram, and even found through Google searches. Find one that suits your taste or make one of your own.

Leslie Grossman is the founder of Stitches By Leslie, Inc. and the creator of the patent-pending Journal Mate. For more information, reach out info@stitchesbyleslie.com