One of the most exciting new features in this year’s 2020-21 academic planner is the arrival of the HABIT TRACKER!!! This is a productivity tool I started using about 18 months ago, and I absolutely love it, so I wanted to share how to get the most out of this feature.
So, each month’s habit tracker will look like this. They’re conveniently placed at the back of your planner next to the timetables for easy access.
As you can see, the top row has each day’s date, so there’s a column for each day of the month. Then the left-hand column is totally blank. This is where you add in the habits you want to keep and/or make.
Examples could be going to the gym, getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night, eating three meals per day, drinking enough water, revising for something, working towards a project, or practicing a hobby (like a sport or a language). It could even be to stop doing something, for example quitting smoking, going sober, or not swearing.
The idea is that, each day, if you keep up the habit then you give yourself a tick or shade in the corresponding box. If you don’t manage to do it, then you leave the box blank or shade it in a different colour.
This way, you can keep track of whether you are actually turning things into habits and hold yourself accountable. I find it really useful to actually tick something off and see my progress day by day, because many of these things are a process.
I hope this helps and remember you can pre-order your 2020-21 academic planner HERE.