Inculcating new and positive habits can truly transform our life for the better. Positive habits can bring about a positive change in our lifestyle, outlook, thinking as well as our daily routine. It is said that change is the only constant in life. Cultivating a new habit is also a change that we try to bring in our lives. But how many of us can stay constant in pursuing the said change? When you consciously try to develop a habit, you’ll be tempted to take the easy way out many times. One way to avoid distractions and keep focused on achieving your goals is to keep a track of your progress. Tracking your habits helps you stay motivated. It helps you analyze your routine and become more honest with yourself. Here are some easy and productive ways in which you can keep a track of your habits and stay focused.
Write In a Journal
The easiest way to keep reminding yourself of your goal is to write it down. Writing things down helps us to look at it and remember our goal and the motivation to achieve it. A good way of doing this is to write in a journal to record your progress. A journal can help you keep visual track of your habits and see where you are going wrong. And since it is an analog activity where you take time out to write things down, you will be more involved and invested in the habit you’re tracking.
Make a Spreadsheet
A spreadsheet is one of the easiest and simplest of ways to keep track of your habits. You can easily make a simple sheet of your daily schedule or routine and add your habit to it. Whenever you complete your habit, just mark it in your sheet as done. You can download any free template of habit tracker or daily scheduler to get started. And if you want, you can also create your own tracker or schedule and follow it. This is the most basic and yet very effective way of keeping a digital record of your habit.
Use a Habit Tracking App
In today’s world of Smartphones and even smarter apps, you may find it tedious to physically write down a journal! If you feel that way, you can easily use a habit tracking app like an online gratitude journal or bullet journal that does the work for you automatically. All you have to do is add the habit you want to track, give the necessary details and then check in or mark whenever you successfully complete that habit. It is easy, simple, and trendy way to stay focused on cultivating your habits.
Visualize Your Goals
Another effective way to track your habits is to visualize it. A visual representation of your goals can help you track it easily and stay motivated. You can do this by writing a journal, making charts, keeping checklists, making post-it notes, etc. Visualizing is mostly used by businessmen or professionals as a tool to track their projects through tested methods like the Kanban method. However, you too can easily use these methods to visualize your personal goals and keep a track of your habits.
Track Habit Metrics on a Calendar
Some people find it hard to remember to write a journal or make entries in charts. For those of you who find it hard or tiring, there’s an even simpler method to track your habits without much writing involved. You can stick up a calendar somewhere you can easily see. Write down the habit you’re tracking and mark each day on the calendar that you successfully complete the habit. You can even color code it to mark pending days, rest, days, etc. This is a basic and simple method that is equally effective to help you keep track of your habits.