For those of you who’ve read my most recent posts, you’ll know how I’ve entered a craze of giving you all monthly updates, setting specific goals and, of course, tracking them. Specifically, in my last Coffee Talk post, I posted a picture of my March Habit Tracker and wanted to go a little more in-depth of my experience with habit tracking, how exactly I came about this idea and how it’s working for me.
Habit tracking is a concept/exercise that’s not completely new to me, ever since bullet journaling became the internet’s newest obsession I was ready to jump on the bandwagon and try out all the new aspects it was offering me. Sadly, I found myself not being to adequately keep up with its somewhat artistic nature, and my perfectionist self very quickly gave up on the aspect altogether.
A few months later, after I came out of a huge stressor that negatively impacted my life for four years, I wanted to give my life a makeover, this new era of my life was very important to me and I wanted to signify this. As a result, I started a bunch of new habits, such as pilates, meditation and breathing, which I knew were good for my inner soul, and others just out of pure curiosity, such as listening to podcasts, which eventually led to my discovery of mindfulness, manifestation and the law of attraction. My body felt energised and my mind was absolutely loving this new healthy lifestyle!!
A little while later, it occurred to me that perhaps I should be tracking all these new habits and then I went on a hunt for the perfect app that would suit my needs, and alas, I never ended up finding one, some were too simple, others too complex, some had features missing and others had features I knew I’d never use. It wasn’t until that moment I decided to turn to the trusted, old-fashioned method of drawing boxes on paper that this turned into a new creation.
Personally, what I love about habit tracking is that depending on how you decide to complete it, not much effort is actually required. It’s not necessary to be an immaculate artist or to be able to draw well, which I cannot, because all you really need are plain old boxes that you can jazz up with a splash of colour.
All in all, this method I’ve newly adopted has already brought a lot of benefits into my life, it’s helped me realise what exactly it is I need to be fulfilled, through a simple trial an error, and how I can combat perfectionism from the inside out.
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