I’ve been using a habit tracker in various formats since January. It’s been an evolving process.
First, I used a tracker to see what chores I was doing when. I wanted to track frequency to implement a chore schedule. I only used this for a month, but it was enough to see how frequently I needed to perform certain chores.
Next, I used one to track my habits. How often was I working on the things I care about? This spread from March helped me figure it out.
I also started tracking how many pages I was reading per day in which book.
This month, I’ve expanded my goals a bit. I’m tracking more habits and using it to evaluate my monthly goals. I do weekly checkins on my monthly goals, and this tracker gives me a great sense on how I’m doing with them.
In this setup, the boxes are days I should be doing something, the diagonal lines are items that weren’t added yet on those dates, and the colored in boxes means I did that habit on that day. I also like to leave a blank line between weeks so it’s easy to see how I did for one particular week.
Habit trackers are useful to evaluate if you’re hitting certain goals, but they’re only useful if you define strictly what goals you want to hit. For example, I define my reading habit as “read any book for ten minutes a day”. Articles don’t count, magazines don’t count, and the internet doesn’t count. It has to be a book. Defining these habits strictly keeps me from being wishy-washy about what counts.
Here are the tools I’ve used in this post:
Pen: TWSBI Diamond 580 Fountain Pen, Fine Nib
Ink: Take-Sumo Pilot Iroshizuki Ink, Charcoal Black
Markers: Staedtler Fineliners
Journal: Leuchttrum 1917 A5 Dotted Blue Notebook
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