One simple daily habit can go a long way….
and the habit tracker printables might be the key to your next new habit.
It started with a Burpee.
In the past, I was a regular (if not obsessed) exerciser. Finding the motivation to exercise had never been hard for me. Before children I worked out 6-7 days per week. After having my first daughter, I still worked out regularly (even trained for and ran a marathon).
After having two children it got much harder.
I worked out less often than I had since before my high school years. I was getting frustrated, wondering if I had changed that much. Running and exercising had been a huge part of my life. I was wondering if the new (2 kiddo) me wasn’t going to love working out?
I started with one simple change. I set up a 4-week schedule, noting how many burpees I wanted to complete each day. I then recorded the burpees daily. It was so simple.
I then set up another 4-week schedule. I hit my burpee number every week for 8 weeks. No, it wasn’t my ideal for exercise, but it was a start and I was moving again.
I learned that it’s OK to be happy with a smaller step as a way to work towards larger goals. I had been struggling with the motivation to get back into a consistent workout schedule, but instead of getting frustrated I was able to appreciate that the smaller exercise goal at this time in life was OK.
The burpees themselves were not life-changing, but my eyes were opened by this simple challenge.
Setting a small goal and focusing on creating a new habit can be key to making a bigger change. Challenge yourself and your new habit may even become easy to you.
When you want a change in a specific area of your life, sometimes annual goal setting is not the answer. Focusing on a mini goal or creating a habit can be a better way to succeed depending on the change you want to make.
I used daily habit tracking to jump-start my fitness, but there are endless possibilities with what you can do with habit tracking. I have created an early morning habit. I have become more consistent with daily flossing. I could go on.
The power is in the fact that once you are doing a task consistently, it’s harder to break the habit. You can go from struggling to complete a simple task to make it such a habit that you don’t think twice about doing it.
There is also power in writing it down and tracking your progress each day. The simple task of writing it down can make all the difference.
I realize that not everyone tracks their habits in the same way. This is why I created the Habit Tracker Bundle. It includes over 20 printable habit trackers to help you track your habits and watch your progress in a way that works for YOU.
Go through and find a habit tracker or two to start. Make sure you page through all the trackers. The trackers start in a vertical format, but there are horizontal trackers at the end. There is even a specific habit tracker for sleep.
— Check off each day you complete your task.
— Place in a prominent place so you can see your daily progress.
Do you need help deciding on your habits? Do one of the following:
1) Think of small habits that will push you towards progress on bigger goals or
2) Check out the this list to get you thinking