❝ Your habits will determine your future. ❞
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When you are focusing on a long term goal that needs consistent work over a number of months or years, it can be difficult to visualize the progress you are making. Perhaps you've been running for a month, but you still don't see a change in your body. Or maybe you managed to meditate for 16 straight days, but you still feel stressed and anxious.
Habit formation is a long race. It often takes time for the desired results to appear. And while you are waiting for the long-term rewards of your efforts to accumulate, you need a reason to stick with it in the short-term. You need some immediate feedback that shows you are on the right path.
And this is where a habit tracker can help. A habit tracker is a simple way to measure whether you did a habit.
The most basic format is to get a calendar & cross off each day you stick with your routine. For example, if you study on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, each of those dates gets a ✔️. As time rolls by, the calendar becomes a record of your habit streak.
Habit tracking is powerful for three reasons:
➡️It creates a visual cue that can remind you to act.
➡️It is motivating to see the progress you are making. You don't want to break your streak.
➡️It feels satisfying to record your success in the moment.
Habit tracking keeps you honest. Most of us think we act better than we do. Measurement offers one way to overcome our blindness to our own behavior & notice what’s really going on each day. When the evidence is right in front of you, you’re less likely to lie to yourself. Habit tracking also helps keep your eye on the ball: you’re focused on the process rather than the result.
Use our free DSA Habit Trackers to start tracking your study; consistency is key! You can colour code different habits & mark them off daily; you may want to improve more than just your studies. 😉
This post includes excerpt from Chapter 16 of the New York Times bestselling book Atomic Habits by James Clear.