3 reasons to use a habit tracker

Marc Lou
Marc Lou July 7th, 2022 2 min

Nearly 80% of people abandon their New Year's resolutions by February.

If you're not tracking your habits, you're missing out on a way to be productive.

A habit tracker with reading and working out habits

Here is what you get when you're building habits with a tracker:

  1. 1. Increase focus
  2. 2. Get motivated
  3. 3. Stay motivated

Increase focus

When navigating in unchartered territories, most people get lost and wander around.

The first step after signing up for a habit tracker is to set up your daily habits.

User creates a new habit

This part is very important because you're making a pact with yourself. You're defining the roadmap, you know where you're going.

Tomorrow is not just another random day. Tomorrow is planned, you have to complete your habits checklist.

Get motivated

We always do things for a specific reason. We work out to be healthy, we read to be entertained or get smarter.

The problem with habits is delayed gratification. You won't be healthy after 1 gym session, or smart after reading 5 pages. It takes time.

User ticks a new habit with confetti

Ticking your habits makes you feel good about tiny steps, like completing a daily quest in video games.

Stay motivated

A promotion, a new partner, holidays, life gets busy. It's easy to abandon a newly formed habit.

Luckily there is a force in our head called “loss aversion”—we dislike losing things we own, even more than winning.

Most habit trackers provide analytics. The most powerful one is the “Streak”—the number of consecutive days you've completed a habit.

A habit streak with motivational message

Not completing your daily habit would make you lose your Streak.

After a few days, sticking to your habits will be easier because you don't want to lose your Streak.

Final thoughts

The right habit tracker is more than just a todo-list. It's your accountability partner—it helps you get things done.

If you want to build habits that stick around, give Habits Garden a try (it's free).

It's designed to help your habits-forming journey with daily tips and game-like features. You can also compete with other users and play with your friends.

Until next time, ping me on Twitter.

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"Your habits shape your identity, and your identity shapes your habits."