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Why and How to Track Your Habits

If you want to stick with a habit for good, one simple and effective thing you can do is keep a habit tracker.

Habit formation is a long race. It often takes time for the desired results to appear. And while you are waiting for the long-term rewards of your efforts to accumulate, you need a reason to stick with it in the short-term. You need some immediate feedback that shows you are on the right path.

And this is where a habit tracker can help.

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Every habit streak ends at some point. Perfection is not possible. Before long, an emergency will pop up—you get sick or you have to travel for work or your family needs a little more of your time. Whenever this happens to me, I try to remind myself of a simple rule:

Finally, tracking feels rewarding. It is satisfying to cross an item off your to-do list, to complete an entry in your workout log, or to mark an X on the calendar. It feels good to watch your results grow and if it feels good, then you’re more likely to endure.

The most effective form of motivation is progress.When we get a signal that we are moving forward,we become more motivated to continue down that path. In this way,habit tracking can have an addictive effect on motivation.Each small win feeds your desire.

Habit tracking naturally builds a series of visual cues. When you look at the calendar and see your streak, you’ll be reminded to act again.

  • journal 1 sentence
  • read 1 page
  • Meditate 1 minute
  • do 1 push up
  • stretch for 1 minute
  • write 1 thing I'm grateful for
  • make your bed
  • wake up by [TIME]
  • go to bed by [TIME]
  • take a shower
  • prioritize to-do list
  • ta...

all habits get easier with practice. But this line of questioning ignores the real purpose of building better habits in the first place.

Despite all of the benefits, a habit tracker is not something that makes sense in every situation or for every person. Many people resist the idea of tracking and measuring. It can feel like a burden because it forces you into two habits: the habit you’re trying to build and the habit of tracking...

Alright, those benefits sound great, but it's not necessary to fill your habit tracker with every habit that makes up your day. In fact, if you're already sticking to a habit, then it seems like extra work to me to track it as well. So what should you measure in your habit tracker?

A habit tracker is a simple way to measure whether you did a habit.

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