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You have good reasons for wanting to build a habit.

Maybe you want to:

  • Read
  • Write
  • Learn
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy
  • Wake up early

All of these will improve your life, and they’re worth making the necessary sacrifices. But it’s not easy to build new habits. That’s why you work to set yourself up for success as much as possible.

Accountability, rewards, punishments—these are all methods people use to keep up their momentum and stay on track.

But how do you know if you’re staying on track unless you actually track your habits?

That’s what we’re talking about today.

Recently, I shared a sketch from my notebook featuring a habit tracker I designed. There was a lot of demand for me to write an in-depth blog post.

In addition to a blog post, I also put together some downloadable resources to accompany what I wrote over at

Highlights, Takeaways, & Quick Wins:
  • What habit can you build that will have the greatest impact on everything else in your life?
  • What habits will create a cascading effect?
  • Choose five key habits that will have the greatest positive influence right now.
  • Tracking your habits allows you to recognize patterns over time.
  • Tiny changes are sustainable and will ultimately get you to your goal faster.
  • Building habits can help you make possible something that seems like a time luxury.
  • Small, incremental wins are what will lead you to being successful.
  • You can stop tracking a habit when you no longer have to think about doing it.
  • Building habits into existing routines is powerful.
  • If you want to build a good habit (or break a bad one), think in terms of replacing an old habit.
  • You’re going to build habits one way or another. If you’re not intentional about it, your habits are going to be controlled by your environment.
  • It’s your habits, not big life choices, that lead you to a destination over time.