Habit Trackers & other note Apps

Concepts, actions and apps to assist you in staying on track toward your goals, developing great habits and strengthening your path of peace.


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habits, triggers & trackers

HABITS
Perhaps the greatest power in the universe is the power of momentum. The question is, what could assist you in building the day in and day out habits and therefor momentum toward your life visions? Moreover, everything you learn and every action leading to your goals depends almost entirely on your willingness to create habits.


TRIGGERS & TRACKERS
Two basic approaches in ramping up your habits are; a) triggers and b) habit tracking.
A trigger means connecting actions i.e. every time you get up from you chair at work, get a drink of water (if that’s a habit you’re forming). When the alarm goes off in the morning, this could trigger getting on your mini tramp, which could also trigger, praying or meditating after the tramp, etc.
Habit tracking is simply creating a list of desired, daily, habits and then increasing your consciousness by reviewing your list throughout the day and/or by checking off completed actions.
What’s particularly wonderful about habit tracking is that in listing your desired actions (in tentative order) you now also have a written reminder of key, daily, actions which can serve to keep you on track! Perhaps more importantly, you have a list of affirmations (actions you are affirming into existence).

Most people will benefit from both (triggers and a tracker), but you may only need the triggers. The secret in all of this is to be perfectly honest with yourself. If the important daily and weekly actions that are leading you to your life visions are already a habit, you don’t need triggers or a tracker.
Some people are so clear in their daily vision that they affirm, in pure mental pictures, all important habits they will perform at the beginning of and throughout the day. It’s all internalized. If you’re one of these people, stop reading this page, and get back to your vision. But if are are not consistently doing what leads to your goals and visions, and struggle making good habits, thinking through triggers and/or tracking your habits can be a game changer.”

INCREASED PRESENCE
Andy Pudicome suggests that the more you can make key actions into unwavering habits the more present you will be (similar to David Allen’s point in “Getting Things Done”). If you’re having to think about what you need to next, you can’t be as present to the moment you’re in. If however, through the use of your habit list (or habit tracker), you develop a strong pattern of daily habits, your mind is free to fully be present and open to inspiration and creativity.

CHECK MARKS
Don’t underestimate the power of checking something off a list. This action, for some reason, lends even greater motivation to the process of getting stuff done that’s important to you.


habit tracker options

TOP OPTIONS
After hours of research I highly recommend either of the following:

  1. Android - Loop Habit (Simple, free and awesome)

  2. I phone - Habit List (In my opinion, the best, hands down, for I phone. (It’s about $5.00, one time)

  3. Phone & Desktop - Every Day App - Ingenious if you want to access your habit tracker from your phone and desktop. ($13 a year)


OTHER, SIMPLE OPTIONS

1. Google Calendar - click here

This is an effective and and simple approach. For instance, you could list a repeating, daily, action in your google calendar “morning routine” (1st image) and the details of your routine in the calendar notes (2nd image).

This is what it looks like on your phone or desktop.

This is what it looks like on your phone or desktop.

This is what would opens up when you click into the “Morning Routine” bar (Monday through Friday).

This is what would opens up when you click into the “Morning Routine” bar (Monday through Friday).

2. A google doc (or whatever note device you have on your phone)
Open up a google doc on your phone or desktop and write down your daily, weekly and monthly habits. You won’t be able to check them off but you will increase your consciousness (meaning, acknowledging, without judgement, the difference {if any} between what you want and what you’re actually doing).


important tips

All Habits in One Place - Whatever you end up using (even if it’s just a piece of paper) we strongly recommend having all your habits in one place (marriage, family, business, and personal habits). You don’t want to be running all over the place from app to app to keep on target in life management.

If you’re using your phone and/or desktop, create a favorite place on your home-screen for you habit tracker. Being able to get to your tracker, quickly, effortlessly a couple of times a day is an amazing way to keep yourself focused and on track. Remember, success in life’s visions isn’t destined for the talented, popular or beautiful. It is available simply to those who stay on the path leading to what they want. Your tracker can be a simple yet miraculous tool in your journey.

The point of habit tracking is to increase your focus on repeating actions that support your projects and life goals.

At what point should you stop tracking a habit?
When it’s a habit.


Suggested habits

Consider the options below as examples of habits to track. Change or erase some. Add others.

Daily, some of which could be in your morning “A-Choice” routine (or “power hour”)

  • Prayer/Meditation, gratitude (for anything) and/or breakthrough.

  • Spiritual/Inspirational Input (i.e. Joel Osteen, Tony Robbins, Scriptures etc.)

  • 20+ min. exercise (To some degree, you can combine this with the above)

  • 20+ min. in lists (Breaking down projects. Re-prioritizing steps & actions)

  • Positive communication to wife or children (every 2 to 4 hrs.)

  • Attention one of your spouse’s Love Language actions (or words).

  • Kid Check-In (Talk to spouse about who needs what, or how you can bless each).

  • Spouse Nightly Check-in. (ideally, walk & chit chat. Much more on this at CGPS)

  • Financial accounting (budget) (a powerful too for creating peace & harmony)

  • Mastery homework

  • Plan Date Night, Retreats or next family event (and/or singles event if single). See CGPS

  • Mastery journal

  • Couple Prayer (and/or meditation) if married.

  • Habit Tracking (This is the most important. Fully face your life, every day).

  • Bed by _____


Weekly

  • Weekly Planning session. About 1 of re-prioritizing projects, identifying big actions for this upcoming week, ideally even setting due dates. Stephen Covey and David Allen both agree that that weekly planning is the most important part of planning.

  • Date night with spouse.

  • Fun activity with kids.


other note apps to consider

Google Docs is awesome for your Journal (or just an actual journal)

Todoist Todoist is the no. 1 rated app for day to day project management (business, family, church, health etc.).