Habit trackers CAN help you reach your goals this year! How? A big reason we don’t reach our goals is because WE get in the way. Our emotions and moods. How tired we are. How focused. Or how motivated we feel. These are the reasons we don’t reach our goals. I can plan everything perfectly but if I wake up not feeling like it then I am unlikely to get everything done that day. If you start tracking your habits you will be able to see everything that came together to create ‘you’ on any given day. I am going to take you through what a difference it has made for me over the last few weeks……
What is a habit tracker?
I came across habit trackers when I started my bullet journal. Tracking your habits is a common part of setting up your monthly overview. Because of this I added it without thinking much about it. I decided to use a habit tracker, a mood tracker and a 3 rep max tracker for the gym. You can see my tracker set up in the link below. If you are new to tracking I have also created some tracker templates to download here.
Related: Setting up my 2018 bullet journal
Bring everything together in one habit tracker
I am already a bit of a measuring/tracking fiend. I wear a Fitbit and so track my steps, calories burnt, sleep and movement through the day. I also track my food on Myfitnesspal. However, I have never brought together everything I track in one place. I decided to include the following on my habit tracker:
- 7-8 hours sleep
- No alcohol
- Macros tracked
- Workout done
Related: How to track your macros
How does a habit tracker make a difference to productivity?
I also included the mood tracker, another bullet journal staple. I didn’t think I would use it to be honest. However, I quickly realised that having the habit tracker and a mood tracker together helps you identify what is impacting your mood each day.
Sounds obvious, but my mood was better when I fulfilled the habits I listed above. Consistent sleep, less alcohol and exercise all really have improved my mood. More than this, I have been far more productive each day.
Whilst we KNOW that more sleep and less alcohol set us up for a better day, a tracker is the evidence. It is showing you how YOU are feeling each day. When faced with the evidence that going to bed one hour earlier really did make you feel better, it is hard not to want to try that again!
A habit tracker will help you plan your day
Once you have your habit and mood trackers set up you can then start planning your day around them. If you know that an earlier night and a trip to the gym sets you up for a better day, why not plan that into your day?
I will pencil in when I want to go to the gym at the start of the week, into my weekly spread. (See my video above on how I organised myself this week). I don’t set in stone my gym times because I have found in the past being too rigid can increase my stress. By having flexibility with my workouts I can easily move them around as important things crop up during the week.
Related: How to focus when you feel frazzled
Using my trackers with my weekly plan also helps me balance out any social events. My weeks are pretty intense with work (I have to travel a lot). Due to this I will put any evening social events to Friday or Saturday as I know this gives me time to recoup the next day.
What is the next step for reaching my goals?
Understanding how ‘we’ work and what keeps us motivated is a MASSIVE part of reaching our goals. But it is not the only part. We also need goals that we can work towards. If your goal is intangible and unclear, what are the steps to achieving it? If you simply say ‘I want to be skinny’, or ‘I want to be rich’, you probably won’t get very far.
Use goals, projects and tasks
I found such a difference when I split my goals up throughout the year. I started to create goals for the next three months. That was enough time to make a difference, but also not too far into the future that I would lose momentum.
Next you need to split this goal into ‘project’. These are thing steps you need to complete in order to reach your goal. So take this example. I want to release my first online course by the end of March. My projects might be:
- Create the content for the course
- Create the course slides
- Set up an account on Teachable
- Create a sales funnel
Each of these is a project which has its own list of tasks. The tasks are what you need to build into your every day planning.
I strongly recommend you check out the link above and download my goal planning workbook. Use this in conjunction with your new trackers (simply print out and paste into your journal). I KNOW this is going to make the world of difference to your productivity and your progression!