Maintaining great habits is hard. But it doesn’t have to be that way. As Michael Angier put it, “If you develop the habits of success, you’ll make success a habit.” This means you have to choose the right habits and to improve your self-awareness requires new habits. For you to see personal growth, you have to choose the right habits, but how?
This post isn’t about what those habits are, it’s about how tracking the habits you’re doing.
I think we all can agree with Ralph Marston and see that “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”
That’s great, it’s good stuff. But so what? If you can’t measure the effectiveness of what you are doing today, it’s hard to know what you should and shouldn’t be focusing on.
Fortunately, it’s easy to overcome this problem. There’s just one habit you need to start doing so all your other habits fall in step.
Make A Habit Of Tracking Your Habits
Books by James Clear, Simon Sinek, and Stephen Covey all have great points they make about goals and habits, but I need one more thing to be successful with my habits. Maybe you don’t, but I know I do.
I need something that motivates me and helps me measure my progress. But it has to be simple. I don’t need yet another thing to do that yields very little value. I know you don’t either.
To make a habit of tracking your habits will go a long way in helping you know if your new (and old) habits are actually worth continuing.
Why Track Your Habits?
If you are someone that is consistently trying to improve, you know the struggle that comes with the process. How do you know you’ve actually improved? How do you know you are making progress?
When you make a habit of tracking your habits, the proof is sitting right in front of you. You can see which habits you are following through on, which habits you are struggling with, and which you are avoiding.
What would it do for you if you had a feedback mechanism that showed you your weekly and monthly progress on your habits? Let’s say you want to become better at reading people’s emotions and body language. How do you know you are improving in this area? You have to track it in some way.
I want to show you how.
How To Track Your Habits
The other day, I was in a conversation with a pastor friend of mine. We met at a local coffee shop and started discussing how we track our to-do’s and our growth. I didn’t really have a way.
Then he pulled out a journal and showed me this multi-colored chart with a bunch of x’s on it. He then explained how he daily tracks his habits using this journal.
For someone that likes things that simplify my life AND help me to grow as a person, I knew I discovered a gold mine. Before the end of the day, I had a simple digital version of his habits tracker. I’m going to share it with you at the end of this post!
It’s so simple. I even provide a simple 3-step process to help you get started.
After 2 Days It’s Already Worth It
You may be asking, “Why do I need to track my habits? I struggle to implement just one new habit and you’re asking me now to track my habits!” Because it’s worth it.
This is my new accountability partner for exercise, marketing stuff I don’t want to do, education, and dates with my wife. After just two days, the tool helped push me to read 2 chapters in a book, write this post, and schedule my workouts for the week (I never do that).
After a month of tracking my exercise, reading, and writing habits I will see the improvement and where I’m struggling. Having this data available to me is super helpful.
Not every habit needs to be tracked. Some won’t fit this tool but for new habits or ones we are struggling with, this simple tracking approach can make all the difference in your growth.
Your Habits Define Who You Are
From the time we wake up until the time we go to sleep, we are living out of a mostly subconscious set of habits. When we adopt the habit of tracking our habits, this automatic approach to our development and day now has a new challenger.
Instead of going through the motions, we can evaluate our habits. When we do this, we discover if we should do more of, less of, or stop doing these habits. We can determine the difference between habits that are helpful and those that are a waste a time at best, or harmful at worst.
When you make a habit of tracking your habits, your self-awareness will increase, you will grow faster, and you’ll get better results. It takes just a couple minutes a day but the return on your time is worth every second!
Check out the online Habit Tracker now to start tracking your habits and change your approach to self-awareness and personal growth.
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