Habit Tracking Tips & Ideas
I enjoy planning for multiple reasons. I love the feeling and security of having physical, written reminders of what I need to accomplish each day. There is nothing more rewarding than having a completed to do list every evening. In the past I have focused mainly on appointments and tasks. It wasn't until recently, after discovering bullet journaling, that I wanted to take my planning a step further. Instead of just having a daily "to do list" and my schedule of appointments each week, now I keep up with my daily habits as well. These are things that I really need to do for my mental, physical, and spiritual health. They include, but are not limited too: daily devotional, medications, water consumption, work outs, and calorie monitoring.
What format works best for me?
When it comes to habit tracking, there are a few different methods you can use. If you use daily inserts that have a large amount of extra space you can track your habits each individual day. If you plan more by the week, but do not have very many habits to track, you can include them on your week-on-one-page or week-on-two-pages inserts. I used to simply include a couple items each day on my weekly inserts as shown below.
This may work for some, but it didn't last long for me. I was crowding up my daily to do lists, with routine tasks that should really be done every single day anyway. There is nothing wrong with this method, but I personally found that I wasn't accomplishing anything else that needed to be done because I was so focused on the habits that should be done automatically. Now, I like to save my daily to do list for items that are not necessarily a daily routine, but they need to be accomplished on that specific day. Items such as: home tasks, bills that are due, and business/blog related tasks.
I decided to switch my habit tracking to it's own dedicated page in my planner. I stuck it in under my "Goals" divider, which I thought was fitting since my mini goal is to accomplish these particular habits on a daily basis. I started out by tracking monthly and it looked something like this:
While this method was much better than what I had been using, I still found that I wasn't accomplishing these habits like I should have been. Not only that, but I would also forget about the tracker completely and sometimes not even document when I had done something on the list. This is what has led me to condense down to weekly habit tracking. I still have a designated page and it is still listed under my "Goals" divider, but now I fill out a new tracker every single week. It's easy to keep up with, because I just do it at the same time I do my weekly planning, and it keeps the tracker fresh on my mind so that I don't forget to use it every day. I've also added more items and I am much better about accomplishing my tasks.
I keep a cute little clip attached to this page so that I can flip right to it when I sit down every morning to mark off the tasks I completed the day before. I have found that I am much better about getting this list of habits done every day, using this method of tracking, and I plan to continue using it until something better comes along!
Now, let me know how you track your daily habits! Comment below or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, don't forget to check out my Instagram for more planner goodness. You can find me @kimberlykrafts.