The Habit Tracker

Do you have an effective way to track your habits? If not, do not fear – let me introduce to you the habit tracker. Habit tracking consists of keeping track of your habits by marking the days on your calendar that you implement your habits. Habit tracking involves many benefits, including the motivation and awareness that contribute to maintaining your habits.  

Habit tracking is a way to measure your habit formation progress. You can track your habits by marking on a calendar the days you implemented your habit. As time passes, your calendar will serve as a record of your habit streak.

Let’s say you want to form a habit of eating at least two servings of fruits everyday. The days that you eat two servings of fruit, mark that day visibly on your calendar and track your progress throughout the month! Some daily habits you can keep track of too are walking the dog, making the bed, or going on a 10-minute run.

There are many reasons why tracking your habits is effective: the measurable progress is greatly motivating, for example, seeing your habits score with flying colours on your calendar every day gives an amazing feeling of awareness mixed with accomplishment. Plus, it’s a mental trick that changes your good habits into a game – you won’t want to trip up on your own winning streak. 

Habit tracking is the perfect way to represent your progress due to its straightforward scoring system.  Remember where you’re trying to go and how you can be SMART about it.  Forgot SMART goals? Here’s a crash course.  Effective goal setting means being specific, being able to measure progress, asking yourself about achievability, being realistic, and making sure that the goal can be achieved in a timely manner.  Making sure that your goals are SMART is a great way to identify where you’re trying to go.  And having good habits that are consistent with your goal’s requirements is how you’re going to get there. 

By tracking your habits, you can be sure that you’re creating a strong and proper foundation for your goal.  By actively thinking about your habits, you can give yourself feedback to improve on your behaviour and cut out on the bad ones entirely. 

Be on top of everything that you do from now on. Remember what you’re trying to do and who you’re trying to become.

To learn more about habit tracking, check these articles out:

Clear, James. – The Ultimate Habit Tracker Guide: Why and How to Track Your Habits
Phillippa Lally & Benjamin Gardner – Promoting habit formation, Health Psychology Review

Author: Cathy Xie
Editor: Zac Lo
Researcher: Zoya Haroun