How do you track your habits?

In the book Atomic Habits, James Clear discusses Benjamin Franklin tracking his personal virtues by carrying around a little notebook from the age of 20.

Jerry Seinfeld uses the “Don’t Break the Chain” method of tracking his streak of writing jokes everyday. For this, you can use a calendar and put an X on each day that you meet your goal. You can read more about it here.

Clear says that habit tracking “simultaneously makes a behavior obvious, attractive, and satisfying”.

I used the Don’t Break the Chain method when I was doing #walk20in20 and had a two plus year streak of moving every day. I printed out a yearly calendar and put an x for everyday of movement. The problem was when I did break the chain, I struggled to start back up.

At the same time, I was also doing my Happiness Project and tracking each month several different goals.

As I am working on becoming healthier, I want to come up with a way of tracking my progress while also reminding myself that making a mistake is not the end. Just start a new streak the next day and move forward.

Do you track your habits? If so, how do you do it? What works best for you?


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