Three Easy Ways to Track Your Micro Habits

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If you don’t know where you’ve been, then how do you know you’re still on the right path to where you want to go?

Tracking micro-habits make sense. By creating a record of your accomplishments you’ll not only stay more motivated, but you’ll have a solid idea of your progress – and can keep on track for your goals. This process works particularly well with micro-habits, mostly because they’re so small that your progress is almost unconscious from the start, so it’s doubly important to keep track.

How do you go about tracking micro-habits?

1. Write it down. By using a journal or some daily planner, you can see at a glance just what you’ve gotten accomplished. Working with paper has an added benefit that you might not realize: we learn better through muscle memory. So by using a pencil and writing down your goals and accomplishments, the very act of doing so helps the habit to stick just a little bit better than it would otherwise.

2. Try a spreadsheet. Maybe a scatter of paper notes across the top of your desk isn’t your thing. Some people love lists, but others get caught up in the paper clutter. A spreadsheet on your computer fixes this problem by keeping track in a systematic way that’s easy to understand at a glance. It can even calculate things for you, like the average time spent doing something, or how many times you complete a habit each week.

3. There’s an app for that. A quick look at the app store will show you all kinds of trackers for your phone. The apps will vary according to what kind of micro habit you want to track. That means it’s really easy to exactly find what you need, along with a few bells and whistles. Some apps will connect you with social media, or with other users in your area, adding in a nice accountability option. Also, by using your phone to track progress, there’s no excuse not to update when you perform the habit as, usually, people keep their phones pretty close to where they are at all times. The only drawback? Sometimes there are too many bells and whistles, meaning the app can become more of a distraction than it is useful, so guard your time carefully.

Keeping track of your micro habit progress is easy to do whether you prefer paper and pencil or electronics. Trying different methods will help you to determine just which method is best for you as you track your micro-habits for progress and big changes yet to come.