Apparently, you guys REALLY liked learning about my odd habits.
Are you all stalkers??? Or are you just really invested in my life??? Or do I serve as just such an inspiration that you need to know EVERYTHING about me???
Either case, I thought it would be fun to do a little tutorial on how to make your own habit tracker. I’d originally planned to do a mini-version of this in my first habit tracker post, but I forgot. #ClassicMay
Also, I need to do a post “for you”. Because, again, one of my promises was to write more posts that benefitted you as a reader. And surely this will benefit you, because you’ll obviously become so inspired that you will create your own habit tracker #just #like #mine.
Before we go on to the wondrous tutorial, let me just say that YOU CAN MAKE YOUR HABIT TRACKER HOWEVER YOU LIKE. Just because I do mine a certain way doesn’t mean you have to too! Be unique, beans.
Please know that I am NOT an expert at this. I’ve only been doing this for two months??? But I think I’ve got the hang of it.
Now, this will be a photo-filled post. Also note that I’m modeling this with my future May habit tracker.
- ruler (if you’re a perfectionist like me)
- colorful pens
Obviously, you need to find a journal*/notebook/random piece of paper to make your habit tracker on. And something to write with. Basically just get your materials and come flying back.
*Most people put their habit trackers in their bullet journals, or just a journal. But yoooooou caaaan dooooo thiiiiiis howeveeeer yoooouo liiiiiiike.
Then, decide on the habits you will be tracking. If you need some inspiration, here are mine:
- practice piano
- water (1.5 bottles = 4.5 glasses)
- off electronics by 8:30 pm
- 9 hours of sleep
- 200 words
- 30 min. of reading
- wai pla (pray)
- correct posture (at least) 15 times
- put oils on my ugly face
Think about some things that you want to work on or improve in every day, or things that you want to keep track of.
I really don’t know how to explain that much, but basically, divide your page so that you can have the dates across (at the top), and the habits to the side (on the left). Or you could put the dates at the bottom, and the habits on the right. I don’t care! Do whatever you want! I’m not gonna stalk you and scream, “THAT’S NOT HOW YOU DO A HABIT TRACKER!”, right???
(So maybe not the screaming part, but I wouldn’t count out the stalking.)
I like to make my lines vertically, because I can see if they’ll make actual squares better that way. I’M A PERFECITONIST, KAY???
“Shut up May we already know this.”
No I won’t shut up.
You can totally do this in Step Three, but I just want to make it obvious for people on what they need to do. I could’ve made Step One reeeeally long, but I gotta break it down for you amateurs, right???
(Just kiiiiiiidding. I’m sure you’re all beginners.)
Label the left with the habits you’re tracking, and label the top with the dates. You can do either weekday, actual date, or both. WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU.
You can make a fancy title too, for the month:
So in March and April, I used a system where different colors meant different things.
black: total fail
red: mostly a fail
shaded/pencil: half fail, half succeed
green: I did it!
blue: above and beyond!
This worked practically for me, because I could see what I accomplished, what I didn’t, what I almost accomplished, and what I did very very well on. (Obviously everything.)
However, this month, I’m planning on making things different, due to me seeing the AESTHETICS OF OTHER PEOPLE’S HABIT TRACKERS OMG.
Instead of this “practicality” system that I have, people actually color a row/column (or they do it diagonally or whatever) in a different color. So if you color everything in, IT LOOKS SOOOOO AESTHETIC. And because I have a sore spot for aesthetics, naturally I must change my system to meet this demand???
AGAIN, you DO NOT have to make this the way I do.
In fact, that would be called copying. Use my tutorial as something to be inspired by, and not a guide to what’s wrong or right.
(But we all know that I’m right 99% of the time.)
My new key:
ISN’T IT SO AESTHETIC.
I did the key in pencil, because I’ll be using other colors. The shapes are what signify the failing and achieving. Get me?
not colored in: total fail
circle in the middle: mostly a fail
rectangle across the middle: half/half
colored in: I did it!
colored in w/ black dots in corners: above and beyond!
And hey, if you don’t want to use the “total fail/mostly a fail/half fail/did it/above and beyond” thing, DON’T! I just find that it works for me to see what I’m doing well at and what I need to up my game on, specifically.
Most people color in a box if they achieve that habit, and leave it blank if they don’t. However, if you want to make a “system” like mine, be sure to think of what a certain color (or shape) will mean, and make a key for it.
And if you don’t want to make a system like me (why not, you), WELL THEN CONGRATS YOU SAT THROUGH THIS STEP FOR NOTHING. *claps hands*
This is definitely optional, but who doesn’t want to make their habit tracker a little pretty??? I just started this with my May habit tracker, so I am NO expert, but it’s really fun just to doodle around the edges and add in nice illustrations. All for aesthetics of course.
By the way, I am the worst doodler of ever. And I don’t know why I drew a bee. Especially because I really don’t like anything that stings/moves/flies???
Using Your Habit Tracker to Improve Your Life
Because, frens, this is where your habit tracker actually serves a purpose
besides pleasing your little aesthetics-hungry eyeballs.
- At the end of the month, look at what habits you excelled at, and what habits you absolutely failed at.
- Decide what habits you’re going to keep, and ones that you’re going to take out/replace.
- For example, I kept the same March habits as April’s (except for number of words). But for May, I realized that one particular habit wasn’t working out, so I’m replacing it with something better.
- If you keep failing the same habit, maybe it’s time to take it out or change it up a bit.
- This is where you can really do some great things with your habits. Which ones are you going to REALLY commit to? (This should be ALL OF THEM.) Which ones do you think that you will need to work harder on?
- You can also set a goal for that month to get better at one particular habit.
- And if you keep a habit that you need to work on, you can make the “stakes” a little higher, to challenge yourself.
- I’m really bad at drinking all of the water in my ONE water bottle. So this May, I’m upping the amount to 1.5 water bottles. I’ve always been drinking like half the water bottle, and calling it half fail/half succeed, but NOOOOOW, half a water bottle would be mostly a fail. #motivational
- Basically, analyze your habit tracker like a nerd and use that information to improve. #totallyspecific
This was quite short a tutorial??? But I think the fact is that it’s easy to MAKE the habit tracker, but it’s harder to keep up with those habits.
If you need any help at all, please let me know! Once more, MY WAY is not necessarily the RIGHT WAY—make! your! habit! tracker! how! you! like!
Here are pics of my old habit trackers
so you can see how horrible they look:
And yes, that’s all I have. I TOLD YOU I’M NOT AN EXPERT.
An Update on My Own Habit Tracker
FINALLY. TIME TO TALK ABOUT MEEEEEE.
Throughout my lil tutorial, you’ve seen pics of my May habit tracker sprinkled around. So do you really need to see it again???
HAHAHA no, enough of the cringy pictures. But this picture is just so aesthetic, guys:
[insert heart eyes here]
But, if you read through my tutorial, you’ll know that I changed some habits.
25 ✕ 3… BECAME… 15 back
Me rolling my shoulders back 25 times, 3 times in a day, was NOT working. In the end, I just gave up on that habit, because I knew that I was just going to change it. Now, I’m resolving to fix my posture at least 15 times a day. I’m probably going to be a mangold and just completely forget how many times I correct my posture, but I think that this will be more helpful than the 25 ✕ 3 thing.
water 1… BECAME… water 1.5
Like I said earlier, I just wasn’t motivated to drink that much water. So by upping the amount, I’ll probably fail a lot in the beginning, but SEEING that I fail will make me want to NOT fail. I have to be the BEST.
I also started using a new key because AESTHETICS YES PLEASE. Instead of colors like my old key, I use different shapes. It still looks aesthetic* (because you see the colors more than the shapes), but it’s also still practical. #winning
And this is halfway related to habit trackers, but I’VE DECIDED TO START A BULLET JOURNAL… in January 2018. I want to start earlier, but my two COMPLETELY FREE months of summer are busy (which makes them… not free???), and then school starts in August which makes it even BUSIER. Plus over Winter Break in December, I’ll have LOADS of time to get my BuJo ready.
And something about a fresh start with the new year is just so enticing???
*I think. I haven’t exactly seen it yet??? I’m hoping it’s aesthetic. It probably is.
so! how’d you like my first ever tutorial? will you be making a habit tracker now? or do you already have a habit tracker? do you bullet journal too? what are some of your tips to maintaining good habits? AND IS YOUR HABIT TRACKER AESTHETIC??? (#priorities)