Once you have a goal how do you go about achieving it? How do you really know if you are on track? Using a 90 day habit tracker was not my introduction to tracking habits. In fact, keeping a food diary was the first tracker I ever used.
Soon after I was introduced to a weekly tracker for my goals and later the 90 day habit tracker. Today I track daily many different habits.
Some of the habits I have tracked in the past have been easy to slip into and I’ve created a routine quickly. Other times I have found that it has taken much longer. One thing that is clear is when I track I am more likely to succeed in reaching my outcome.
Naturally, it is reaching goals through changing habits that are important. Recording your daily activity towards the goal is one way to stay on track.
Having a goal to do something does not come down to the length of time to create the habit but the desire to achieve the goal. Having a strong ‘why‘ to achieve a goal is the reason you succeed or not.
If you’re unsure of your goal. Still finding clarity in the way to set your goals. I recommend the slay your goal planner. This helps you identify and break down your goals.
When you know what you want it is easier to put into place good habits to help you achieve it. First of all, write down your goals and then break them down into action steps. When you break down your goals you can see the steps you need to take to achieve it.
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To make habits stick you need to commit to change. This is where using a tracker like the 90 day habit tracker can help. All too often change does not take place because it is hit and miss. One day the action happens another day it doesn’t. When you track you see it is easier to see patterns of behaviours and adjust accordingly.
Tips on creating a habit for 30 or 90 days.
The reason to commit to tracking your habits for 30 or 90 days is 30 days is enough to see if it is something that is serving you. 90 days is enough to have a habit become part of your way of life. A routine.
Commit to daily activity – consistency is important and doing one thing every day helps to engrain the habit.
Keep it simple – keep it simple. Make it a simple action that will help you achieve your long term goal. For example, read for 30 minutes a day. Reading is excellent for personal development and a good habit to have to improve writing skills.
Stretch yourself – make the action big enough to allow you to grow and develop the required skills. For example, write 500 words a day towards the book you want to write.
Create a trigger – A trigger is something you do regularly that you can attach this new habit to. I started walking 10,000 steps a day. When I started this, I created the trigger of walking every day immediately after work, before going home. If I went home, I ended up not walking. The trigger helped create the routine.
A trigger that leads to a bad habit for me was when I had a cup of tea in the afternoon I always looked for something sweet to eat. The habit of eating a biscuit with a cup of tea. To break the habit I brought dates and had one of those with my afternoon tea. Dates are sweet. I still ate something sweet. Eventually, I stopped reaching out for something sweet when I drunk tea.
Triggers can make or break habits.
Have an accountability partner – one way to help you create successful habits is to have an accountability partner.
I have a friend who wanted to start at a gym but hates to work out. She chooses to invest in a personal trainer not only to give her guidance but also to help her stay accountable to her fitness goal.
Surround yourself with people who remind you more of your future than your past.Dan Sullivan
Tracking creates self accountability. One of the best ways to track is with a tracker. Get your 90 day tracker.
Why track your habits.
You have many habits that you don’t track. Cleaning your teeth, having morning coffee at about the same time each day, finding out what happened today on the news, writing 500 words a day. These habits have become part of your routine. At some time in the past, you did these often enough to turn them into part of your routine.
When you have a goal you inspire to achieve, there are many things you may need to change or strive for. As you create new habits, tracking is one of the best ways to record the changes. It’s a visible way to record your progress.
What gets measured gets managed.Peter Drucker
When you track you can see how you are moving towards achieving the goal you set yourself.
If you notice that you are not taking the action you set yourself. You can adjust the time of the action. See if it needs to be actioned at a different time of the day.
I like to work out in the morning. A mixture of powerwalking and aqua classes. I realised by tracking that Tuesday didn’t suit me going to class as I started shift work early that day and it put too much pressure on me. By monitoring, I realised to achieve success on this day I needed to change the time of the action.
That is the beauty of tracking your habits. Tracking helps you identify patterns of behaviour. The simple system of tracking can help you take control of your actions and steps towards your goals.
Why 90 day habit tracker.
A life goal is a larger goal and many habits may need to be changed for you to achieve it. When you know your end vision and it is broken down into actionable steps it is easier to see how obtainable it is.
When one of your habits become routine, another habit can be commenced. By building habits upon routines, slowly goals become more achievable.
After successfully tracking for 90 days, the habit may be set, and you can commence another habit that will help reach your ultimate goal.
The rhythm of daily action aligned with your goals creates the momentum that separates dreams from super achievers.Darren Hardy
The one thing I say is, ‘every day aim to do something towards your goal.’
One of my goals is to have a successful blog and every day I ensure that I write 500 words and mastermind with other bloggers.
Back to you. Have you
- Defined your goal. If not this post on core values may help or the Slay Your Goals Planner.
- Written down your goals and broken them down into actionable steps.
- Started tracking your goals.
- Overcome the obstacles with the help of resources, friends, accountability partners.
- Turned the habit to routine and set a new good habit to create.
It is great to have goals. Yet, to achieve goals you need to create habits. Click on the 90 day habits template below to request your 90-day habits tracker.
Angie blogs about setting goals and mastering habits as well as productivity and living abroad. She started blogging while learning the skills to start an online business. Her goal to work online came about due to wanting to see overseas family and travel around Australia. Her mission is to help others succeed with their goals. Angie often shares tips and tricks while walking the beaches or near the lake on the Central Coast NSW Australia.