So many blogs I’ve subscribed to over the last few months rave about habit trackers! Here’s the reason I started my own habit tracker worksheets and designed a printable for others who want to work on being more intentional and kinder to themselves while achieving their goals, no matter how small or embarrassing they may be.
Growing up, I was always told that it takes 21 days to form a habit.
However my fingernails are living proof that, that is not true. After being treated for depression and learning about my own anxiety (hence the fingernails), I started reflecting on the things that had been truly hard for me when I was in my ‘slumps’. As embarrassing as it is, showering was something that became more and more of a daily struggle for me. So was getting out of bed before 7:00 am when work started at 8 in the morning. The more I struggled with ‘easy’ daily tasks, the more I would beat myself up and hate who I was becoming. But, the more I hated myself, the harder those tasks become. It was a lot like a whirlpool that I couldn’t pull myself out of.
Fast-forward 5 months to present day. I’m living a life that I am absolutely in love with. I have an awesome roommate, a job that I am passionate about, loving friends & family to support me, the cutest/sassiest dang rabbit you’ll ever meet, and most importantly, I have a better version of me. A version who treats herself with respect and most importantly, kindness.
A habit tracker was a great small step towards achieving the goals I wanted for myself in the long run. By creating habits that are important to you, eventually they get easier. Then, they don’t even take a second thought.
Sit down and think about the small things you wish to do or need to do but have never been able to make a habit out of. Flossing for better oral care? Praying to ask for the things in life you need help and guidance with? What about making your bed everyday so that you feel more accomplished?
Although all of these examples are small, they all can have huge impact on you and the way you view yourself and your life.
Treat Yo Self
Say you do the habit tracker for a month, but the gratification just isn’t there? Incentives are another great idea to spark motivation but also love on yourself with something special.
Here are a list of the incentives I chose for myself. Each habit has a specific incentive attached. Since I try to budget pretty frugally, most of my incentives involve buying things. For example, I collect antique mason jars and so if I achieve a month of breaking or forming one of my habits, finding a new jar will be my reward!
Here are some examples of the incentives I set for myself:
- Going to get a manicure
- Coffee before work on a Friday
- Ordering something special from VS
- Trip to the nursery to pick out a new succulent
- Schedule and take a vacation day from work
- Go antiquing for a new jar
- Splurge on a blog wish list item
- Purchase a new Bath & Body Works candle
Attached to the habit tracker, there is also an incentive worksheet. Take some time, think about your habits and incentives. Comment below your struggles with forming habits, mental health, and self-care!