Time management Monday: How to use habit trackers to achieve your goals

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Using a tracker is a very effective way to see if you are achieving your goals. It’s a quick and simple way to get an easy visual on your progress. And, filling in the square or checking off the box is hugely motivating: you don’t want to leave that space blank, so it encourages you to do the thing so you can fill it in.

This is why trackers are so useful for helping you establish habits. They remind you of your intentions, and they show you if you’re carrying them out. At the end of the week or month you can count up how many you did, compare that with how many you intended to do, and see for yourself if you reached your goal or not. If so, congratulate yourself and keep up the good work! If you didn’t reach your goal, you can figure out why, and what you can do to improve.

Below are examples of monthly and weekly trackers, shown in the Life Journal Infinite which is a weekly and monthly planner that is undated so you can start any time. It has monthly and weekly trackers built in.

Below you can see an example of a monthly tracker. There is a space for each day for whatever you want to do (or not do!) every day. The examples below are No Spend days, getting at least 7 hours of sleep, reading, doing at least 10,000 steps, and eating at least 5 fruit/ veg each day.

Every day you reach your goal, fill in the square. It becomes very apparent when you are reaching your goals, and when you are slacking. Wanting to fill in every square is very motivating!

Below is an example of a weekly tracker. This is a great way to keep your goals visible on your weekly planner pages, and to help you incorporate your goals into each day.

In the example below I have used the tracker for wellness goals: Meditate, Cardio, Strength, Stretching, and taking vitamins. This type of tracker is good for things you don’t necessarily need to do every day. For example say your goal is to meditate and take your vitamins every day, then do cardio, strength and stretching each at least 3 times per week. You can monitor your progress throughout the week, then at the end of the week see if you reached (or even exceeded!) your goals.

The weekly and monthly trackers can be used to track anything: medications, household chores, self-care, work goals, word counts, daily intentions, etc.

The Life Journal Infinite has undated monthly and weekly pages plus index and collections pages. For more information and photos click here. The Life Journal Infinite is available in the US through QuoVadisPlanners.com, and in the UK (with worldwide shipping available) at QuoVadis-Diaries.co.uk.

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