Have you ever had a habit you wanted to change? You know–an old bad habit you wanted to get rid of or a new good habit you wanted to create? For some reason, it seems that bad habits are so much easier to form and continue than good ones, right?! For example, I admit it was super easy for me to get into the habit of eating too much (delicious homemade) candy and junk food during the holidays! And it was super hard to give it up again (well…ahem…to cut back again) after the holidays were over!
Why Use a Habit Tracker?
To get motivated to change bad habits, I’m the kind of person who needs to be able to see my progress. I love to make lists so I can check off each job as I complete it. (If I do a job that wasn’t on my list, I’ll even add it to the list just so I can mark it off. Admit it!! There are others of you out there who do the same thing! LOL!) For some reason, it just doesn’t seem like I’m making progress if I haven’t somehow visually kept track of it. There are some times, though, when a habit tracker is more appropriate than a list. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about these 30-day printable habit trackers.
Think of it this way. If there’s a habit you want to create, you may not need a list. If you want to drink more water, you don’t need to make a list for that. You just need a tracker so you can mark off each day that you drank a glass (or two or three glasses–whatever number you’ve chosen for your goal) of water. If you want to exercise for 20 minutes a day, you can simply use a habit tracker to mark off each day after you exercise. In fact, in this case, a habit tracker might be even better than a list since the kind of exercise you do each day may differ. Want to spend 10 minutes a day decluttering your home? Yep! A habit tracker is good for that too.
Habit Trackers for Kids and Adults
Whether you have children or adults (or both!) who want to work on improving habits this year, we’ve got several printable trackers to choose from.
- For children, we have a space-themed 30-day habit tracker.
- Our flower-themed 30-day habit tracker is great for children or adults.
- Or, if you have a no-nonsense person or two in your family, those folks can use our plain (calendar-page-style) 30-day habit tracker.
Please keep in mind that it’s fine if you print multiple copies of these trackers for your own family, but if you have friends or family members who would like their own, please direct them to this article so they can download their own. In fact, we ask this for all of our printables.
How should you do it?
I suggest that you choose just one habit to work on at a time. It’s not realistic for most of us to try to work on giving up a bad habit and starting a good habit at the same time. (Or giving up more than one habit or starting more than one habit.) To increase your chances of success (because you can do it!!), choose one habit to work on. For example, you might decide to stop eating after 7:00 p.m. each night. Or you might want to work on drinking only water or exercising for 20 minutes each day. The point is to simply choose one habit to drop or add and work on that one habit for 30 days using one of the trackers found above.
Once you’ve worked on that habit for 30 days, you might decide to work on another one. A friend of mine chooses one habit to work on each month. She and her children decide on either a bad habit to give up or a good habit to start, and they work together to make it happen for a month. If they don’t make it happen, they renew their resolve and start again the next month. If they are successful, they continue that habit and add a new habit to work on the following month.
What habits should you work on?
That’s a great question! There are lots of different habits you might want to work on. On our sister site, Hip Homeschool Moms, I shared an article with a Big List of 30-Day Challenges to Do with Your Kids. There you’ll find 40 ideas for challenges to work on this year. Since there are 52 weeks in a year, that gives you almost a whole year’s worth of challenges to work on!
To get your printable habit trackers, click the links above (where it says “Habit Trackers for Kids and Adults” or click these links below.
However you choose to use these trackers and whatever habits you choose to work on, I hope these trackers are useful and that they help you and your family as you work on creating good habits and dropping bad habits together this year!