With the rise of the bullet journal, along came habit trackers. As someone who has long attempted to track daily habits, let me tell you now that habit trackers are definitely not a one-size-fits-all deal. I’ve tried numerous different ways to track habits, apps, colourful bullet journal style charts and once I even made a spreadsheet, all to no avail. Tracking the habits in these ways became more of a chore than the habits themselves and I just wasn’t motivated to do everything because I’d made the list of habits so long.
Then with lots of inspiration from my fave, Gwennan, I started bullet journaling again. I lusted like mad over Gwennan’s carefully curated pages, and so I attempted a habit tracker like hers. But it just didn’t work for me. I wanted a tracker that I could tick off every single day, to motivate me to complete the habits, rather than to see when I’d done them or how many times a month I’d done them. So I simplified it right down.
I made a list of the habits that I wanted to complete every single day and that I thought were doable. Here’s my tracker:
It’s certainly not as pretty as lots of the lovely bullet journal trackers out there but it works so well for me. And as you can probably see, I’m achieving my goals almost every day (except for maybe some of the no money on snacks habit!).
Here are the best ways to find the right habit tracker that works for you and how to tackle your habit list.
A simplified habit tracker works best for me but you might prefer a spreadsheet or an app. The best one I’ve used is Productive, so check that out if you’d rather have one you can carry around with you on your phone.
Write a list and then half it
Make a list of all the tasks you want to do daily, weekly or monthly. Then revise it and see if any of the tasks don’t really belong on your list. I made sure that I only have the tasks that are actually doable everyday and that are important to me.
Stack your habits
Once you’ve made your list, you need to actually tackle the habits. I do my language app first thing in a morning when I get up and exercise as soon as I get home, so that I’m not too tired. I stack some of my habits by doing my exercise, then yoga, then meditation which gets three out of the way in one go. See which of your habits can go together so they don’t feel like a chore.
Revise before bed
Before bed I go through my habit tracker and tick off everything I’ve done that day, however I also look at it through the day to make sure that I’m not forgetting anything. Obviously I wouldn’t be able to drink 8 glasses of water at 10pm so it’s helpful to just keep on an eye on it through the day.
This method has been so incredible for my productivity and also for getting me off the internet as soon as I get home, so that I’m not slumped in one position until bedtime.
How do you track your habits? Let me know in the comments!