I have seen so many people use habit trackers and have tried various different ones in the past, none of which seem to help me establish better habits and give me the opportunity to be more accountable for my actions.
One of the things I have found is my need to be reflective and wanting to grow as a person lately, which I put down to becoming a mother. I guess I just want to be the best role model I can be for my girls as my mum was to me. Up until having children I didn’t feel the need to be accountable in my every day life just my professional life. But now I realise the importance of it all.
With this in mind I wanted to find a good habit tracker that would allow me to become more accountable and help me develop good habits so that I could be a good example to my girls. I have got better naturally with some things, but I know there are areas I could improve on too. Especially as when I have a day off work I struggle to get motivated at times!
In my search for the perfect habit tracker for me I came across this free printable from Color My Planner and I just fell in love! It is crammed full of different ways I can be accountable each month as well as set myself goals and rewards!
It was really easy to print and put together which I was glad of. However I felt there were two pages that wouldn’t be beneficial to me and as I couldn’t quite work out how to print the document without them, I just stuck the pages together. One page was a time tracker where I guess you could colour code mood or pain throughout the day and the other was a full page habit tracker. The reason I didn’t see the use for these pages is because I didn’t think I would complete an hour by hour grid and I only wanted to use the shorter habit tracker on one of the other pages.
I’ve already set it up for this month and here are the pages I am using….
The first page gives me space for notes as well as an inspiration board. I wasn’t sure what to put in the notes section, so have used it to put some inspirational quotes to help keep me on target. And then with my inspirational board I have filled it with images of my reward should I stick to my goals, which as you can see is stickers! lol!
As you know, I have a huge sticker addiction and having gone through my sticker collection, I have come to realise that right now I don’t NEED anymore stickers, I just WANT them. Therefore I have set myself a goal of not buying any stickers for all of October. What I love about this habit tracker is that there is space on the following page to set yourself one main goal; what you plan to do to help achieve it and then a contract that you can sign to enforce your commitment to completing this task.
The next page allows you to focus on four specific goals each week. I’ve obviously put my main goal at the top! I’m also trying to be healthier so am trying to keep track of my fruit and veg intake and my water intake. I am tracking this twice because it is so important to me.
These two pages I guess will be likely to change every month dependant on what I aim to achieve and/or focus on each month.
The next two pages are likely to remain as they are, unchanged month on month and this is to help me build a better routine for myself. I like these pages because it has a short habit tracker which is perfect for my needs, and there are spaces to reflect on my achievements each week and things I can improve on. The habits that I am hoping to instil in my daily routine are in the picture below.
As I am now using both a monthly reflection book and this habit tracker, I will do a monthly roundup post where I will share my results