15 Oct Discovering Your Harmful Habits & How To Ditch Them!
Today I’m going to be sharing an exercise that is my habit tracker (you can create your own habit tracker, or you can download it from my website). Here’s what it is – it’s a piece of paper where you can write down everything you do during the day.
So why is it so important to have a habit tracker and to do this exercise?
The reason is, we all have little habits. That are unconscious. That’s why there are hidden habits that don’t allow us to be as productive as we would like to be. This can also help us look the way we’d like to look or be as motivated as we would like to be. And in order to find that, in order to expose them, the exercise that we have to do is tracking a whole week of everything we do. And when I say everything, I mean, everything. Like waking up at that time, grabbing my phone to have a look at my emails at that time, spending that much time in the shower, or preparing my clothes or doing my makeup, having coffee or breakfast for that long, going to work and sitting on my computer for that long and maybe then getting up to have a snack.
When we talk about writing down everything and tracking everything, it really means everything. It’s going to be hard because tracking down a whole week is not easy, but it’s a very good exercise for you to become aware of these little things you do and notice these habits that you have that are not allowing you to get closer to a better version of yourself. Becoming aware of them is the first step to being able to change them.
Awareness is always the first step. Becoming aware of something allows us to later on be able to change it. So this tracker is there to become aware, to expose these habits that we have that might be even negative habits or habits that are not as good as others, or we could replace for others that would bring us faster to the results that we want to achieve. So as I said, I wrote down everything I did yesterday. And with only one day, you cannot say that you have to really do a whole week and the week has to be as normal as possible. Don’t track a week where you’re traveling or visiting a new country because everything will be different to your routine and your daily life. You have to choose a week that is as normal as possible because then you can really find these little things to do that you can change later on.
It’s a very good exercise for everyone who’s willing to improve in a certain area. This exercise can help you to be more productive business wise or work-wise, but you can also do this habit tracker and find out your negative habits in your personal life. If you would like to change the way you eat or if you would like to be more motivated. Anything that has to do with creating new habits is important that you first find out which ones you already have and which ones you should replace for newer ones. And once you are aware, you can really see what is the trigger. What is behind that habit? What is the emotion and the thought behind that habit?
For instance, it could be whenever I feel stressed I get on my phone and I just play a little game. And if you do it only one day, it’s maybe not a problem. But, if you have stress many times during your day, then it means that you’re losing a lot of time playing on your phone, which could be productive time. And maybe instead of reacting like that, maybe if you feel stressed, the reaction could be for 30 minutes doing a breathing exercise, or just listening to some music that helps you to get down and be calm again. So this awareness also helps us to see how we can replace it and change it.
And I said, you can do it with any piece of paper, or your phone or computer. I also have a tracker that you can find on my website. And I hope this really helped you because it’s an amazing exercise to become more aware of what we do. And later on, finding out why we do that.
We all have these things that are super unconscious, but then we can change it and maybe replace it for a more healthy reaction or a more productive reaction.
See you all next time!