(My behavior tracker from 2019)

In 2019, I selected the phrase Excellence for my Word of the Year. That yr, I actually targeted on creating habits and practices to guide a extra glorious life (not an ideal life nor a productive life, however a excellence life — which I outline extra right here).

One of the practices I established throughout that yr was monitoring habits. I created a easy every day behavior guidelines on Numbers on my pc with some habits that I needed to prioritize. I’d print one out at first of every week after which observe them all through the week.

Small Actions Add Up to Big Change

Halfway by 2019, I downloaded Atomic Habits and listened to it on the Libby app. Within simply the primary hour of listening, I used to be fairly certain it was going to be a 5-start guide for me. And it was! In reality, I discovered it so insightful that I ended up shopping for a tough copy of the guide and studying the laborious copy once more in 2020! (If you understand me nicely, you understand that that speaks volumes to how helpful I believed the guide was!)

One of the essential premises of Atomic Habits is that small actions carried out constantly add as much as large modifications over time. These actions might be dangerous habits or good habits. In the guide, the writer gives highly effective and actionable concepts on methods to change course and develop disciplined practices… but it surely a manner that serves you rather than stifling you.

Another precept that Atomic Habits extremely encourages is the idea of behavior monitoring. James Clear shares many examples of how this may be carried out and the way it could make such a distinction.

I used to be excited that I had already developed the behavior of behavior monitoring (although I needed to chuckle that I used to be making a behavior to trace habits!) and I can attest to the truth that it makes such a distinction in my life.

If we are saying we need to change one thing, however we don’t proactively make a plan for a way and when and what we’re going to do to truly make modifications, there’s a superb likelihood nothing will truly change. A behavior tracker is an effective way to truly put ft to our objectives.

(My every day behavior tracker for 2021 — I simply realized that I want to vary the yr within the header from 2020 to 2021!)

How the Habit Tracker Works for Me

If you’re desirous to implement a behavior tracker into your life, I encourage you to begin by defining what habits you need to incorporate into your life. I primarily based the majority of my habits that I observe off of my yearly objectives and my private priorities.

What is one or two habits that would take advantage of distinction or would carry essentially the most optimistic become your life? We’ll speak extra about how to do that in my put up tomorrow on methods to begin and persist with habits.

  • Once I determine on the habits I need to work on, I create a easy chart on Numbers (you can use any type of easy pc program that may create a desk to do that. Or, you can even simply hand draw one and make copies! My greatest recommendation is to maintain it easy, although. If you’re new to habits, solely embody a couple of in your tracker.
  • At the start of the week, I print out the Daily Habits Tracker and stick it in my pocket book the place I write my every day to do record. I have already got the behavior of verify my Google calendar to jot down my time-blocked to do record every night earlier than mattress, so having the habits tracker proper there in my pocket book jogs my memory to verify it and observe how I’m doing each day.
  • I do know that I received’t at all times fully each behavior on the chart each day, however my hope is to goal to verify 5 bins in every line of my guidelines each week. For me, that’s what success seems to be like.

Does This Create More Stress?

Some of you would possibly really feel like a guidelines appears over-bearing or not grace-filled or one thing that would trigger stress. For my persona, it’s truly motivating. It helps remind me of my pre-determined priorities, it retains me on observe, and it serves as a type of built-in course corrector.

Plus, if I discover that I’m feeling exhausted or harassed or discouraged, a fast look on the record would possibly present some clues as to why. For occasion, if I really feel like I’m not as related with my children, possibly it’s as a result of I’m not spending as a lot one-on-one time with them. Or if I’m feeling depleted, possibly it’s as a result of I haven’t been constantly prioritizing my well being.

I really like that — at a look — I can see how I’m doing at prioritizing my priorities. Overall, I discovered that this straightforward apply has made such a distinction in serving to my yearly objectives turn into a weekly actuality.

Best of all, you possibly can simply change or transfer any of the habits at any time, as seasons of life or priorities change. (You’ll discover an enormous distinction in my behavior chart from 2019 and 2020 as a result of my life has modified rather a lot!)

Coming tomorrow: Practical recommendation for methods to begin and persist with higher habits

Do you will have any questions in regards to the Daily Habit Tracker Checklist? Ask them within the feedback and I’ll do my greatest to reply them!

P.S. Have you learn my put up on How I Plan My Days Without Using a Planner?