Humans are goal setting machines. It’s how our brains operate. Yet making the habits required to reach our goals also butts up against another way our brains operate: maintaining homeostasis. 

New activities require a lot of mental energy until they become automated. This is both why it’s so hard to learn a habit, and why it’s so easy to maintain one once ingrained. 

An amazing way to lock a habit in is to create a tracker for it. 

A habit tracker helps you organize and focus on the things that are the most important each day. Having a daily reminder of your goals, and “win-streak” for how many days you’ve built the habits that work towards them, encourages you to keep the streak going.

Habit trackers are also an amazing way to see how much progress you’ve made, both over the course of a day with many habits, and over the course of months with single habits. 

What Should You Track? 

Literally, anything that you want. Whatever your goals are, break down the habits you’d need to either achieve them, or become the person that can achieve them, and go from there. 

Here are a few examples of things that you can write in your own bullet journal:

FAMILY

  • Time with Spouse
  • Say I Love You
  • Time with Kids
  • Fun Surprises
  • Dinner Together

HOBBIES

  • Reading
  • Drawing
  • Coloring
  • Crafting
  • Editing
  • Painting
  • Writing
  • Sewing
  • Baking
  • How Much TV

MONEY & WORK

  • Budgeting
  • Donations
  • Subscription Services
  • Working Hours
  • Project Progress

HOUSEHOLD

  • Make the Bed
  • Vacuum
  • Wash Clothes
  • Mop
  • Dishwasher
  • Deep Clean
  • Grocery Shop
  • Chores
  • Water Plants
  • Change Your Sheets
  • Tidying Up

HEALTH

  • Meditation
  • Relaxing
  • Hydration
  • Stretching
  • Medications
  • Meal Prep
  • Sugar Intake
  • Sleep
  • Caffeine Intake
  • Eating Fruits & Veggies
  • Your Menstrual Cycle

FITNESS

  • Exercises
  • Yoga
  • Hit 10,000 steps
  • Activities

SPIRITUALITY & MINDSET

SELF-CARE

  • Skin Care Routine
  • Nail Care
  • Journaling
  • Books read/listened to.
  • Random Acts of Kindness

SCHOOL

  • Study for an exam
  • Work on an assignment
  • Complete homework
  • Extracurricular activities

It’s so simple. Just breakdown your goals, add them to your app tracker or bullet journal, and start building that win-streak!