How I’m using an old fashioned calendar to track a habit


I’ve experimented quite successfully with habit tracker apps in the past such as Good Habits, then drifted away from them either because I just couldn’t get on board (lights out by 11pm) or the habit became so ingrained that I no longer needed to track it (meditation). As of January 1st, I seem to be making good use of an old fashioned paper calendar to track workouts.  Nic and I have been continually working out with more regularity for at least the last year, but around the 1st he mentioned it would be nice to “get on a point system” to get us into the gym even more.  I immediately visualized this exact calendar.  We simply put a “K” or “N” down on the days we work out. It keeps us honest, and keeps us even! If he’s a workout ahead of me, I get an extra one in, and vice versa. 

Here’s why I love it:

  • It’s highly visible on the fridge.
  • it’s a little bit public so I’d feel lazy if a friend came over and saw no “K”s for a week.
  • it’s the only use for this calendar (uncluttered with other commitments).
  • It allows some friendly competition between Nic and me.
  • it couldn’t be simpler to use.

You could use a printed calendar for so many habits, office organizing or otherwise. Imagine putting down a symbol for each day you cleared your desk, opened all of your mail, met a writing goal, or ate five servings of veggies.  Life’s too complicated, so I recommend ONE habit per calendar. If you’re adverse to app-ing your way through life or are just all tech’d out, try it.

I’m not committed to doing this forever, or even for the entire year.  I commit to being stronger with age, and as long as this is the best way to see and feel my progress, I’ll do it.

The best printable calendars I found were on

What would you like to track with a paper calendar? Please share in the comments!

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.