I get ambitious on Mondays. It’s always the day I’m going to start eating right, getting up on time, getting to bed on time – basically, Monday to me is The Day Upon Which My Life Will Change. Anyone with me? I see that head nod. Problem is, I fizzle by Wednesday. Thursday, tops. I’m a great planner, but I’m an even better fizzler. If I make it to the end of the week with my life changes still in place, I better reward myself now, because it won’t last much longer. So I came up with the 30 Day Habit Tracker – a fabulous little tool that not only ensures I make it to the end of the week, but I get through an entire month! Don’t stop me now!
How does it work? You print out your 30 Day Habit Tracker and mark off every day you complete your new habit. Got up on time today? Check. Something begins to happen when you rack up a nice little row of checkmarks – you don’t want to break the chain. Make a checkmark, an X, or write the date. It’s strange how a piece of paper can hold you so accountable, but it does! When I’ve completed a couple weeks of my task, I will make the effort to keep that streak going. Of course, it’s not just the piece of paper that makes you accomplish your task, it’s how you use it. Here are a few tips to make sure your 30 days work for you:
6 Tips to Start a New Habit
- Keep your 30 Day Habit Tracker in a place where you will see it every day. Don’t stick it in a drawer. Put it where you can’t end the day without seeing it.
- Tell at least one person about your 30 day challenge. Even better, get them to join you! Share this link with them and check up on each other once a week.
- Choose a habit you can do every day, and that is appropriate for you. For example, I know I feel better with exercise, but my busy schedule keeps squeezing it out. Rather than suddenly saying I’ll exercise an hour a day when I haven’t had luck with that in the past, I might choose to exercise for 15 minutes a day. Bonus? More than likely, I’ll go longer than 15 minutes, but I can commit to that time. It’s just 15 minutes.
- Don’t try too many new habits at once. Pick one, maybe two. Make them part of your schedule for 30 days, then see if you can add something else. You can make changes. Just don’t change everything at once!
- Choose a habit that YOU want to do. Not something your spouse, parent, friend, or nosy neighbor wants you to do. Give them their own 30 Day Habit Tracker.
- Reward yourself at the end! Pick a fun little indulgence you don’t normally allow yourself, like a special treat, an evening of your favorite show, or a new book. You don’t need to go overboard, but hey! You’ve just accomplished 30 days of a new habit! Celebrate!
So, what new habit do you want to start? Or what habit do you want to stop? Is there a hobby you’ve wanted to learn? A project you want to tackle? Try learning a new hobby for 15 minutes a day and surprise yourself with how far you can get in a month!
30 Day Habit Tracker
The 30 Day Habit Tracker comes in three flavors, and it’s FREE! Far be it from me to stand in the way of your progress. I’ve laid it out in rows of 7, so you can look at like a weekly checklist. Just download the file you want, print it and cut it out, and pick your starting day! You’re welcome to share, but please direct people to this post, rather than sharing the file. Thanks!
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