Keep on top of your habits and goals with these daily habit tracker tips and free printables.
What is the number one reason we fail to keep up with our newly formed habits?
It is because we fail to keep track of our habits – we fail to keep a tab on how consistent we have been and what kind of progress we are making!
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Last week on the blog, I shared all the Tips on Goal Settings & How To Achieve Them (if you are yet to give it a read then I highly recommend that you do before continuing on with this post). In that post, I stress about the importance of daily habits and rituals.
Our habits are the ones that will ensure we successfully achieve our goals.
“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”
Now you are probably wondering, ‘when we all have such hectic and busy lifestyles where is the time to 1) not only follow through our habits? 2) but also to also track them?’
But think about it, we wanted to incorporate these habits in our lives because there is something that we want to change in us (ex, workout consistently to stay fit and healthy) and our lifestyles (ex, get 7-8 hrs of sleep every night).
If we want to make those changes in our lives (small or big) then we have to stay consistent and (religiously) track them as we try to incorporate those new habits, at least until they become second nature to us.
So, even if you have to spend an extra 5-10 minutes to put things down on paper and track them, do it. After all, it is only going to benefit you in the long run.
And to make it easy on you, I created these Daily Habit Tracker printables. Download below.
TIPS TO BUILD NEW HABITS & STAY CONSISTENT
- Refer to this post if you need help with ideas to form some new habits. And if you need more motivation then I highly highly recommend that you check out the book I talk about here.
- Start small, don’t try to incorporate a dozen different new habits on day 1 (or even week 1).
- At first, only include 2-3 new habits and once you are making progress then add more. Be clear on why you want to incorporate these habits. The WHY is extremely important (it’s a motivating factor)!
- Follow the habit stacking method – ‘after I (current habit), I will (new habit). Makes it easy to take cues and get to one habit after another.
- Set reminders as required. Remove any triggers or obstacles (for example, don’t buy dessert when you are out grocery shopping if you are trying to cut down on sugar).
- Stay accountable by sharing your habits with another person (spouse, friend, etc). Have them ask for an update on a regular basis.
- Track your habits (with The Daily Habit tracker Printables below). It is a way to know how consistent you have been, rectify patterns (if any), assess your progress, see how far you have come, and keep yourself motivated.
- Never miss twice. But even if you did, don’t get discouraged you can always begin again.
- Be patient with yourself and the progress you are making. Don’t expect to see drastic changes right away.
- And don’t forget to reward yourself as you go. Be your own cheerleader!
How to Use these Daily Habit Tracker Free printables?
DOWNLOAD HERE -> Daily-Habit-Tracker-Tips-Free-Printables
Take 12 printouts (one for each month of the year) of the blank template.
Write down the habits that you want to track. Categorize your habits into different buckets if that makes it easy for you (see sample Daily Habit Tracker Free printables above) keep on top of them, or note them down based on the flow of your day. Whatever works for you!
Track your habits daily as shown in the sample Daily Habit Tracker Free Printables. That’s it!
TIP: Put up the Daily Habit Tracker Free Printables where you can evidently see it throughout the day (fridge, next to your computer, bathroom mirror) or file it along with your daily journal or planner. This way it is both a reminder for you to follow through your habits and also to mark them done (oh the joy!).
I have shown a sample of some of the habits that I would like to track for myself. While some of these habits are fairly new some are already a part of my daily routine.
But with the ones that are already a part of my lifestyle, I struggle with being consistent with those daily habits, especially given our non-stop travel schedules. And hence you see a whole bunch of habits in there.
If my sample from the Daily Habit Tracker Free printables works for you then, by all means, use it and make adjustments as needed.
That’s it, easy peasy!
Now go on, get to your habits list and track away. Good Luck!
Remember, ‘It takes 21 days to build a habit and 90 days to create a lifestyle.’