It’s goal-setting time of year again! Hooray! The first few weeks of January are like the achiever’s starting line. We are totally on fire for what’s ahead. If you saw my resolutions post from last week, it’s probably obvious that keeping track of all those goals and new habits might be a bit of a challenge. Using a habit tracker has already helped me stay on top of my goals, and start making those new habits part of my regular routine.
After the New Year, I made a list each morning to remind me of the new things I wanted to make sure I accomplished. The lists were good, but they didn’t look very pretty. What I needed was a habit tracker. There are apps for your phone that help you track habits, but I am more of a pencil and paper kind of planner. This printable habit tracker fits 2 weeks worth of joyous goal recording and checking-off-ability (a word I just made up).
Some Tips for Using a Habit Tracker
My best advice for habit tracking would be this:
Don’t let a failed week (or two) cause you to give up on your goals altogether. If you fall behind, that’s ok! No need to throw in the towel. You can start again. It’s your life, you get to make the rules. 😉
Find a tracking and reward system that works for you. Some people are motivated by good things, like checking off items on a list or celebrating when a goal is met. Other people are motivated by the impending doom of what could happen if the goal is not met, like how not being prepared for a presentation by the deadline could result in your standing in front of a large audience who are judging you on their insides because you have nothing good to say. Figure out if you’re more likely to meet a goal that rewards you or causes you grief of not met, and plan accordingly.
Print out this weekly habit tracker, clip it into your favorite “Goal Digger” notebook, and press the nitrous button on your path to success. I wish you all the best in meeting your goals, my friends.