30-Day Goals and Resolutions Challenge - Day 23
Day 23 is about using a habit tracker to continue your progress toward your goal. Habit trackers are a great success tip for success.
Have you heard of a habit tracker? While the concept is one that has been around for ages, it is recently begun to gain traction among people who are trying to stay on track with making positive changes. There are various types of trackers, but the point of these tools is the same. They provide a place for you to record the habits you are currently working on and to keep track of your daily progress toward making those new routines stick. Tracking your desired activities can ensure you are completing them. With repetition, they will soon become automatic actions you do not even have to think about. Let me share with you more about what this useful resource is and just how to keep a habit tracker.
About Habit Trackers
Your habit tracker can be in paper form, online or in an app. The format you choose is up to you. It should fit your preferences and your lifestyle. Many people like to create their own record-keeping system in a journal so that they can customize the setup and use their creativity. This may be ideal for you, especially if you prefer to use pen and paper to record your thoughts. If you are someone who enjoys organization, you may wish to use a spreadsheet to keep track of things. You’re likely to be able to find an easy program online for habit tracking if you want to be able to access electronic data on any device. For those who live by their handheld devices, a mobile app could be the best choice.
Using Your Tracker
If you are making your own habit tracker on paper, you can structure the format any way you want. However, I can give you some general guidelines to get you started. Consider adding the month and the year at the top of your page as your title. Your top row of content could contain a space for each day of the month. Down the side of the page is where you should list each task you intend to track. You color-code your tasks to assist in the organizing process or use stickers to add emphasis to important milestones. Making your own record keeping system can be fun and unique. If you go with a digital system, you will follow the guidelines already in place with your program. Experiment with different ones to see which you like best.
Tips for Tracking
Be sure not to attempt to track too many habits at once. As we have mentioned, it can become overwhelming to try to manage too many changes. The key to forming habits that become automatic is repetition. You will be more apt to seamlessly adopt a new task into your routine if you can do it every day. Keeping your new habits to a manageable number can improve your odds of doing this. Keep going for at least a month before revising habits or adding a new one. This is a good amount of time to let your new routine sink in. Another tip is to do each habit at the same time each day. This will cause new neural pathways to form in your brain that make the action begin to seem easier. Add triggers such as an alarm or action like getting out of bed to help remind you.
A habit tracker can be your new best friend on the road to keeping your resolution. Give this method a shot if you want your new activities to become ingrained into your routine and to have a record of your progress.
Why Do We Make Resolutions – Day 1
The Importance of Setting Goals – Day 2
Value of a Support System – Day 3
Motivation is Key to Progress – Day 4
Measure Your Progress – Day 5
How to Make Resolutions Stick – Day 6
Are You Making Smart Goals – Day 7
How Habits and Routines Can Help You Stick to Your Resolutions – Day 8
Don’t Go It Alone – The Value of a Support System – Day 9
Motivation Is Key – Keeping Your “Why” Front and Center – Day 10
The Value of Measuring Your Progress Along the Way – Day 11
A Journal Can Be a Powerful Tool for Goals and Resolutions – Day 12
Success Tip – Don’t Try to Change Too Much at Once – Day 13
Kick Overwhelm to the Curb by Breaking It Down into Baby Steps – Day 14
Break It Down – From Resolution to Daily Task – Day 15
Stay Motivated by Looking at How Far You’ve Come – Day 16
Celebrate Milestones, Successes & Accomplishments – Day 17
The Power of Cheerleaders, Coaches, and Cohorts – Day 18
Get Back on That Horse When You Fall Off the Wagon – Day 19
Visualization Exercises Can Help You Reach Your Goals – Day 20
Resolutions Change Over Time and That’s Ok – Day 21
Go from Resolution to a Lifestyle Change – Day 22