Habit Tracking And Bullet Journaling — Organization And Motivation All In OneWe all have habits we want to make or break — but sometimes it seems like those habits are determined to make or break us! Seriously, for every person who tells me that it just takes twenty-one days to form a good habit, I want to remind them that it seems to take only one to lose it again! But how long it takes to form a good habit, or break a bad one, really depends on the person. Some of us are go-getters, and really only need to work on our motivation. Some of us take more along the lines of two and a half months to really ingrain something in our daily lives. And some of us constantly look for habit-making/breaking hacks to help us form the habit and get on with our lives, already! That’s where habit tracking comes in.
What Exactly Is Habit Tracking?Habit tracking is a simple matter of doing exactly what it sounds like: tracking your habits. Of course, a habit tracker looks different for different people. A simple variation is just a matter of crossing days off on a calendar. If you want to use something a little more upscale and high tech, there are tons of apps that were developed purposefully to assist habit-seeking individuals to actually stick to their commitments. Apps can be particularly useful because they are often designed, in themselves, to be habit-forming. So even if the habits that you’re tracking are elusive, you may very well be motivated to keep track of just how badly you’re doing at it. The science behind the development of habit-tracking apps is pretty fascinating. They’re designed to help us to remember to pursue our goals, keep track of how far we’ve come, and even to reward us for following through. If you’re interested in using a virtual habit-tracker, it’s definitely worth checking out some of the top recommendations. But not all habit trackers are created equal. While a sleek app may be ideal for some, what if one of the habits you want to break is the all-too-common habit of checking your phone every five minutes? Downloading an extra app is not going to help with that. Fortunately, there are even more hands-on habit tracking ideas than there are apps. And the best party about them is that you get to create it! That means everything is exactly how you like it, and you can throw in some cool themes. Here are just a few examples of what you can do with your habit tracker.
Circular Habit Tracker
Minimalist Habit Tracker
Mini Habit Tracker
Themed Habit Tracker
Simple Habit Tracker
Check out fifty of the best habit tracker ideas for bullet journaling here.And, of course, remember that it may take anywhere from eighteen days to two and a half months to really develop your habit tracking habit!
Is Habit Tracking Effective?Habit tracking is a popular trend these days — but is it actually effective? Let’s face it, we already have a seemingly inborn tendency to want to quantify ourselves. We compete with ourselves (and others), use our statistics and demographics to identify ourselves — you could argue that we have an automatic yen for keeping track of all the minutiae that makes up our day to day lives. Even identifying how much of a routine our routine actually falls under habit tracking. So it certainly isn’t going against the grain to introduce tracking into your life. As with most endeavors, the effectiveness really depends on how much effort you are willing to put into it to begin with. If you want to get fit, you have to be willing to eat right and exercise regularly. If you want to learn a language, you have to be willing to practice your pronunciation and learn a new vocabulary. And if you want to get the most benefit from habit tracking, you must be willing to commit to whatever it takes in order to complete the habit on a daily basis and check off the box that says you did it. But people form habits in different ways — so this is certainly a case of “your mileage may vary.” In Better Than Before, writer/researcher/habitual habit-investigator Gretchen Rubin posits that there are four basic types that people fall into when they are trying to pick up a habit.
- Upholders: This type of person is self-disciplined. They respond to expectations on both external and internal levels and find motivation through themselves and others.
- Obligers: This type of person is definitely not self-disciplined, but finds motivation through making commitments to and finding encouragement from others.
- Questioners: This type needs to find a logical reason to do something, like building a habit, in order to follow through. Once they find that logical basis, they can succeed at their goal.
- Rebels: This last type is much like what they sound like — they have to set the goal without involvement from outside sources because they don’t like to be told what to do.