Last month, I focused on all the health habits that I’ve been developing so far this year:
- Drink more water
- Practice yoga
- Quit late night snacking
- And more…
In order to stay motivated and judge how well I’m doing, I decided to use a habit tracker.
When I looked around for printable tracker ideas, I found this design and immediately loved it because it’s so aesthetically pleasing—much better than a simple chart with boxes to check. I assigned each habit a color so it would [hopefully] look like a rainbow at the end.
Unfortunately, I didn’t even get the idea for a tracker until the 4th, so my first few days were…not great.
But check out how it looked at the end of the month!
Not too bad. I missed a few days here and there, but overall I’m happy with how well I maintained these goals. I definitely still need to work on consistency with yoga and eliminating “cheat nights,” but I’ve made good progress.
A caveat about my exercise habit… You might notice that I exercise every day say “don’t you need a rest day?” And the answer is yes, in theory, but no, technically. A “rest day” is a recovery day, but not necessarily a day sitting on the couch. I choose to have “down days” instead of “rest days” because I am a really active person so I don’t take days and just do nothing. I will discuss this in greater detail next week for those who are curious about it.
This month, I’m making a few changes. I’ve added more specific goals [“drink 64oz of water” instead of “drink more water”] and I’ve swapped the goals that I have mastered for new healthy habits I need to work on [“practice Spanish” for “no junk food or sweets” and read” for “floss”].
This month will be different though because I start my new job at the hospital on Monday and I will work 12 hours shifts plus an hour drive to and from work, so I doubt I will be able to get a lot of these things done on those days. We will have to see how it goes.
Does anyone else keep a tracker? Or check list? How do you keep track of goals and habits? Let me know!
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2 thoughts on “Habit Tracker”
Wow! 12 hour shifts and 4 kids and habit trackers and making … I can’t remember what you were making last week but it was long and involved. I have no idea how you fit everything in your day. Maybe you move at twice the speed I do. 🤣. A habit tracker is a good idea. I walk our dog every day but listening to others and especially to my physio sister in law, I think I should up the pace and that a bit of jogging would be good for my joints. But I hate jogging. And I hate how hot and bothered I get (chemically induced menopause doesn’t help). Maybe if I had a rainbow to colour in, I would overcome these petty hates.
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I don’t know if I move faster than normal, but I do always like to be moving 😜 and I only work one or two days a week, so it will hopefully be manageable! 🤞 But you should definitely at least give the tracker a try. I couldn’t believe how motivating it was for me just to color in spaces. It’s the little things I guess! Haha 🤷♀️