Do you have trouble sticking to new habits? Are you ready to start using a Printable Habit Tracker? In this post, I share why habits are so important, how you can start using a habit tracker and you can download my Printable Habit Tracker.
Creating New Habits
Whether for the new year or simply your desire for self-improvement, creating new habits can be life-changing. As many of us know, they can also be really challenging to maintain. Perhaps you are trying to be physically healthier by exercising, drinking more water, or simply walking each day. Maybe you are working on your mental health by meditating, journaling, or practicing daily gratitude. Regardless of which habits you hope to establish, consistency and accountability play a huge role in the success of any new habit.
So what can you do to help increase success when building new habits?
Consistency is Key
It probably goes without saying that consistency is key to creating any new habit. The more often you do something, the easier it becomes. Eventually, consistent behaviors will become habits but there are a few additional steps that you can take to increase your success.
Schedule Your Habits
Think about the tasks that you do every day. How many of those tasks are completed at the same time (or relatively so) every day? I’ll give you an example.
I feed my dog twice a day: when I make breakfast and when I make dinner. Since I’m in the kitchen anyway, this makes sense. We eat and the dog eats. It’s a habit that I created around my existing daily routines.
So, let’s say you want to start taking daily vitamins. Consider taking them in the morning with your morning coffee. Or maybe at night when you brush your teeth. Place the vitamin package within reach/ sight as a reminder or even put a note right on the coffee maker or toothpaste.
Tying new habits to existing routines, or at least performing them at the same time each day, can help you to stick to them.
Find an Accountability Partner
Whether you are trying to start healthy new habits or stop unhealthy old habits, having an accountability partner can make all of the difference. This can be someone who has the same goals as you or simply someone who you trust to keep you motivated and on task. If you both want to start walking every day, walk together. Or if that’s not possible, consider tracking the number of steps you take each day and set a goal together (or see who can get the most steps in). If you want to drink more water, consider a friendly competition to drink a set number of ounces by a certain time each day.
Why Create New Habits?
Creating new habits can be tricky but remembering why you are establishing new habits can keep you motivated. If you are a parent and want to be more active, think about how that will inspire your children, give you more time with them, or allow you to experience more adventures together. What would living a healthier/ more active life mean to you?
Want to create financial habits? Perhaps your goal is a special purchase, vacation, or college fund. Find a way to create reminders for yourself to keep pushing forward. Put a picture on your mirror or as your phone’s home screen. Have a daily reminder on your phone to keep the goal fresh in your mind. Name the savings account after your goal. For example: Beach Vacation Money or New Car Fund.
Habits are easier to maintain if you can remember why you created them in the first place.
Habit Tracking Ideas
Habit trackers can be used for many different things. From healthy habits to routines you want to establish. Your tracker can change with you. Maybe you want a morning habit tracker but you also need a tracker for work each day. With this printable Habit Tracker you can have both. Below is a list of other ideas for your Habit Tracker:
- Wake up earlier
- Go to bed earlier
- Morning Routines
- Vitamins and medicine taking
- Journaling or morning pages
- Daily Affirmations
- Weight training
- Scripture reading
- Healthy meals
- No Snacks
- Water drinking
- No Spend days
- Healthy meals
- No Caffeine
- No Sugar
- No Dairy
- Skin Care
- Hair Care
- Dental Care
- Nail Care
- Time with kids
- Reading to kids
- Time with spouse
- Quiet time
- Self Care
Tracking Habits Visually
Sometimes the best way to motivate ourselves is to see how far we’ve come or to have a visual reminder of our goals. I created this Free Printable Habit Tracker to allow you to do just that.
This tracker allows you to list the habits that you are trying to establish. Next to each item, you will see 31 checkboxes. Each day you successfully perform your task/ habit you mark the box for the corresponding # of that day. I like to put a dot in the days that I don’t accomplish the task. It’s easy to look back and see patterns. For example, if I’m eating more sweets on the weekend I know that I need to find a better substitute for sweet treats.
Tracking your habits establishes accountability, creates a reminder, and can help you recognize patterns of success or struggle. So if you notice that you tend to skip walking on Mondays, think about why. Is there a way that you can change that? What could you do differently?
Two Printable Habit Tracker Options
When you download your Habit tracker you will receive one PDF file with two different designs. A floral design and a blank (no-frills) design so that you can decorate your habit tracker yourself.
Everyone wants to feel the pride of success but sometimes staying consistent can be a struggle. If you are creating daily habits, a month can seem like a long stretch of time before recognizing success.
Consider celebrating smaller milestones and incremental success. Did you drink enough water all week? Reward yourself or find a way to celebrate that success. Did you walk every day for 2 weeks? Treat your feet to a pedicure or a home spa day.
It’s ok to measure success in smaller bites. Success isn’t just about achieving our goals. It takes willpower and determination to keep pushing forward when things get hard and it’s ok to be proud of yourself for persisting through those challenges.
I would love to know what habits you are trying to achieve! Share any tips or tricks that you have found helpful on your journey!
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