Habit tracking, guys, HABIT TRACKING. I am super in love with this amazing way to build new habits (or break bad ones!). The beginning of the year is a great time to start building a new habit especially if you’ve set yourself some goals that you want to consistently work on. It’s great for productivity and self-development and there are so many benefits for students.
Before I go any further, I’ll give you a rundown of what habit tracking is and how you can start it (with a free printable habit tracker!). Then I have some great ways to use habit tracking as a student.
What is habit tracking?
Habit tracking is the practice of noting when you successfully complete an action that you want to turn into a habit. For example, if you want to get into the habit of waking up before 7 am every day then you mark down each day that you successfully wake up before 7 am.
A habit tracker is the set up that is used to track each time an action is completed. The idea is that you aim to mark off all the habits each day. The more you do it, the more that action becomes second nature. Habits can be tracked on paper or digitally – it’s all about personal preference. The goal is to mark off all the boxes to build up the habit. When you don’t complete the action the box doesn’t get marked off. By tracking when you do and don’t complete an action, it’s easy to see what you need to work on.
Habit tracking can also be used to stop bad habits as well. Try to replace your bad habits with a good habit. Avoid staying up late by creating the habit of going to bed early. Avoid sugary drinks by drinking more water. It can be easier to build up a positive habit to replace a bad one because we like to do positive things for ourselves and so it is more motivating.
It’s a really addictive thing. Once you start marking things off the habit tracker you’ll want to keep marking them off, so it makes it easier to build on your good habits.
Setting up a habit tracker
Setting up a habit tracker doesn’t have to be difficult. There are three main components: The list of actions, the number of days (usually corresponding to the days of the month) and an area to mark of each habit for each day.
Habit trackers can be drawn up, made and printed off a computer or kept digitally. Since I don’t have a bullet journal, which is where this kind of layout is really popular, I wanted to make a printable habit tracker that I could print off each month to keep track of my progress. So I did! I made it an A4 so I can print out the full page and an A5 so I can put it into my planner. If you don’t have time to make your own, you can download this free printable from The Cosmic Road Resource Library! Simply print it out, fill in your habits, and mark them off each day. Check it out below.
Benefits of habit tracking for students
Habit tracking is useful on so many levels for students. It can be overwhelming to find the time to think about anything other than lectures, classes and assignments. But even small little habits can make a difference to student life. From improving our energy levels and productivity to self-care and studying, habit tracking has the ability to cover many different aspects of life and for busy students it’s a great way to get a lot out of each day.
Build and track study habits
If you have trouble getting yourself to study every day, habit tracking can be used to build up your own study habits. This is a great way to meet any study targets or goals you’ve set and keep you productive. Even building habits like practicing with flashcards or writing some notes every day is a great use of time.
Start a morning or night routine
Habit tracking is a great way to build a morning or night routine. A set of habits in a routine will keep you on track to form the perfect morning or night routine, making sure you get everything done. The more you repeat the habits, the quicker you will form a regular routine.
Fit in your self-care
Habit tracking your self-care is a fantastic way to make sure that you’re taking care of you. With a busy schedule, students can often find that they forget to schedule any time out. Habits such as getting to bed early for maximum sleep or taking some time to meditate or read before bed can go a long way in improving your stress levels. Making these actions a habit helps to avoid overwhelm and stress.
Track your health
If you are looking to improve your health, habit tracking is also the perfect companion. It’s there to help you form the habit of drinking more water, doing morning yoga or taking multivitamins every morning. Health can often get overlooked by students, but this is a very beneficial way to make sure you don’t forget anything.
Get started with your habit tracking today by downloading the FREE PRINTABLE HABIT TRACKER. There’s an A4 version for a full sized page or an A5 version that will fit into A5 sized planners such as the Large Kikki.K or A5 Filofax. Simply sign up below to get access to The Cosmic Road Resource Library or head over there now if you are already a subscriber!
I’d love to see you using it! Tag @thecosmicroad on Instagram to show me your habit tracking or leave a comment below with a habit that you’d love to work on.
Best of luck building good habits!
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