Habit Trackers and Their Effect on Your Well-being

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How do you track your habits? With a habit tracker of course! Here’s why you should be tracking them habits…

What are habit trackers?

Habit trackers, in the simplest form, are a way to track your habits. A habit tracker is your personal way of tracking your daily habits, usually displayed in a monthly grid form. However there are so many ways to personalise your habit tracker to make it most effective for your personal use. Here’s some examples of habit trackers that I found online (obviously yours doesn’t have to be as minimalistic or as extravagant as these).

Example Habit Tracker

Photo Credit: Arthaey Angosii via Flickr

Habit tracker 2

Photo Credit: María Garrido via Flickr

What habits should you track?

It’s all up to you what habits to track, but try to make them achievable! Here’s some suggestions if you’re stuck:

  • Workout
  • Awake before 8
  • Eat healthily
  • Drink 2 litres of water
  • Socialise
  • Clean bedroom
  • Revise
  • Have low anxiety

What are habit trackers used for?

Habit trackers are often found within bullet journals. These are personalised journals where you can make your own calendar, weekly spreads and add other features such as habit trackers, money spending trackers and basically, anything you want! Increasingly habit trackers evoke motivation for individuals to do the things they want to do more and less of (for example workout, eat healthily, spend less money or be less anxious). By being able to see which habits you do most often and do least often, it could help you see which habits have a positive effect on your well-being.

What are the positive effects of habit trackers?

There are many potential positive effects to using a habit tracker such as improving your energy levels. By having goals set every day for yourself it can increase your energy levels and also your productivity levels.

Habit trackers are a great way to keep on top of your daily chores, and that’s why they could be beneficial for students. Being able to track all the necessary tasks as a student such as making revision notes, as well as balancing those with your own personal habits that you’d like to keep to every day such as time for self-care. As a student using a habit tracker could help keep you more organised and also make you aware of your health needs, which is another positive effect of using a habit tracker.

One important thing to remember is there is no pressure to do every habit every day and that it is for your own personal use.

The great thing about habit trackers is they can be as minimalistic or as detailed and extravagant as you’d like. You don’t need to be someone who is gifted creatively to make one for yourself, but if you are truly struggling there are print offs you can download online.

Here’s a link to a page with free printable habit tracker spreads.

If you don’t have enough time on your hands to make a habit tracker, or the thought of it just fills you with dread, there’s also the option of apps which allow you to track your habits. Some great options include Momentum (iOS) or Habit Bull (Android), but it’s all about finding something that works for you.

Happy Habit Tracking!


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