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A Daily Habits Tracker Printable Can Help You Accomplish Your Goals
How often have you set a new year’s resolution and then…watched it fall by the wayside after a few days or weeks? We’ve all done it, and that’s often because we’re not approaching the goal in the best way.
Enter the essential habit tracker!
What Are Daily Habit Tracker Templates?
A habit tracker is simply a visual way to track and record specific habits.
If you use a journal you can create your own habit tracker, or you can keep things super simple and download a habits tracker printable below for free.
Habit trackers are a fantastic way to help you stick to the good habits you want to implement in your life. How? By helping to turn a (new) regular activity into a habit.
So, what is it that makes the difference between a new routine establishing into a healthy habit, and one which quickly dwindles? Let’s take a look at the psychology…
How Are Habits Formed?
More than that, it’s completed on impulse.
There’s a caveat, and it’s a big one: habits are not chores.
If a specific goal is a huge chore, then you can certainly make it into a regular routine, but by definition it cannot become a habit.
A good example might be cleaning your house or doing your ironing. Unless you find any pleasure in these responsibilities, then they’re routines, not habits. But a habit tracker can still help you to accomplish these tasks as well as helping you to form habits.
How Do Habit Trackers Work?
Bottom line: humans respond to incentives.
We’re motivated by rewards, and using a habit tracker is a very simple way to utilise the reward centre in our primitive brains: See a blank page of paper, complete the task, colour the box, experience satisfaction – feel compelled to do the same tomorrow.
The physical act of ticking or colouring the box and seeing our progress over time can be sufficient reward to keep us motivated. The more boxes ticked, in theory, the harder it becomes to fall off the wagon and ruin our run of ticks, crosses, or coloured boxes.
Of course, we have to be committed in the first place, but if you’re reading this then I think it’s safe to presume you’re already focused on your goal.
Tips For Ensuring Habit Trackers Work For You
A few tips, with basis in psychology, for getting the best possible result from a habit tracker printable:
- Remember this exercise is essentially a choice that you’re making because you want to.
- Small steps for the win – if you can alter a habit little by little, that’s more likely to be successful than a major change.
- To avoid burnout, don’t try to track too many habits as once.
- Don’t quit on a bad day. It’s okay to start again tomorrow – in fact, the day after not completing your habit is the hardest (and therefore most important) day to try to keep going.
- Focus on other aspects of journaling you love too, so habit tracking doesn’t come to feel like a chore.
What Habits Should You Track?
The beauty of a habits tracker is that they’re incredibly versatile – you can track any habits, whether they’re ones you’re trying to form or trying to break.
Whatever your goals are, I recommend setting up your tracker so that you fill it out on the days you succeed. You can cross, tick or colour each day according to your preference.
- For a habit you’re committed to forming, fill out the tracker on the days you complete the habit;
- For a habit you’re committed to breaking, fill it out on the days you refrain.
Either way, the key purpose of habit tracking is to create accountability, and filling in a habit tracker is the perfect visual way to do this. You can easily see at a glance how well you’re performing, and this helps to form an incentive to keep focused on your goal.
Depending on your needs, you can track multiple habits, or just one.
Different Habits Tracker Printable Options For Different Needs
The journaling community often have 30 day challenges, where you set a specific goal to track for a month, but you might want to focus on a range of different tasks, which may or may not be related.
For example, if you’re tracking your health, you could keep a record of:
- Water intake
- Minimum hours of sleep
- Alcohol intake
- Clean eating
Alternatively, you might be looking for a way to track a whole range of habits across your life.
Free Printable Habit Tracker Bujo Downloads
Whatever your specific habit tracker requirements, one of these habits tracker printable PDF’s should be perfect for your needs.
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