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 www.printable2018calendars.com.
What would you like to track with a paper calendar? Please share in the comments!