The ‘Habit Tracker’ and Why You Should Use One

There are so many apps these days to track various aspects of your life. Time management, habits, water intake etc. They are an interesting way to keep on top of the little things you want to work on. The idea of an app that you can keep in your pocket is great, but you can so quickly forget to update any progress you are seeing. We look at our phones multiple times a day but how often are we really thinking about what we’re doing? It’s pretty easy to view your phone 50 times and still not fill in/use all the apps you want. Soon enough they become just another task you have forgotten to do. Why? Because it isn’t a mindful approach.  That is where the bullet journal habit tracker comes in.

February Habit Tracker

I first saw this idea when I was researching the whole bullet journal concept back in December. I was looking for inspiration on different collections others were using to help them stay on track with goals – in the hope it would help me achieve mine. If you type bullet journal collection into Instagram you get a whole host of ideas from some very creative individuals. I believe the first tracker I used in my own notebook, was a very similar, if not identical design to Karas. I loved how clear and simple it looked, whilst still being creative.

The biggest difference between an app and a bullet journal is that the bullet journal can easily become part of your routine. You can sit down every morning to set out a plan for the day, then again before bed to write a journal entry or reflect on your day.  However, you choose to approach it, it is most likely that you are viewing it consistently and intentionally. A perfect time to fill in a habit tracker.

We have established why they are easier to stick to, but why are they so useful?

What will I gain from a Habit Tracker?

Here are a few of the reasons they can be so effective in helping you achieve your goals.

  • you can visually monitor your progress
  • there is a satisfaction in ticking things off
  • it gives you a realistic view of your habits
  • they are always at the forefront of your mind so you are more likely to try
  • you get a boost of motivation if you are filling them in every day
  • you start to see a correlation between different habits and can adjust accordingly i.e mood and exercise
  • decorating it how you like is a great way of being creative
  • the more you track your habits, the more likely you will continue them, as you won’t want to break the momentum/”winning streak”
What I track and other ideas.

Some of the habits I like to track personally include:

  • Study (how often I sit down to teach myself web development)
  • Blogging
  • Social Media
  • Mental Health
  • Healthy Eating
  • Yoga
  • Exercise
  • Spending
  • Climbing
  • Reading
  • Gratitude
  • Writing

March Habit Tracker

Next month I’ll be adding in Duolingo to my tracker,  as I would like to start making some progress with learning Dutch. It is also good to periodically review things to remove from your list. If you have managed to be consistent and no longer need the motivation to do it, you can replace it with a new goal.

If you are stuck for ideas, here are some links to some great articles that are full of them!

Also, check out the #habittracker tag on Instagram.

One final tip about setting up your first tracker would be to start small. Only monitor a couple of things and focus on sticking to just those, then add more as you get used to it. That way you are not only more likely to succeed in forming those habits, but you will also have created the discipline and consistency needed to add more! Ultimately, though, it can be whatever you choose to make of it.

Let me know if you use habit trackers in your day to day life. Do you prefer apps, or would you rather go the analogue route?

If you want to keep up to date with my Bullet Journal posting then you can follow my Instagram @lucylouminous.

 

 

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