As I’ve mentioned before I’m not on top of my goals for exercising, being fit and healthy and learning Italian. I’ve been looking at habit tracker apps on my phone to help me with this. Before I’ve used 42 goals which worked quite well but did mean that I needed to log in every day and update on my laptop.
I’ve installed the Loop Habit Tracker on my phone (can’t seem to be able to link to it but it’s in the Google Play store). I’m hoping that knowing that I need to tick things off at the end of the day will encourage me to do those things. The app also does loads of graphs and stats. As graphs are one of my favourite things in life then I know I will at least get into the habit of tracking what I do or do not do.
So what am I measuring?
The app lets you set your frequency, asks a question and can even send you notifications to remind you to do things.
This is what I’m tracking:
Exercise – Have I exercised today? This could be walking or some workout at home. I expect this to be ticked for the weekends at least. Hopefully this will shame me into doing more exercise and finding an exercise app.
Fruit – Have I eaten fruit today?
Vegetables – Have I had at least three portions of vegetables?
Meat free days – Aiming for two a week.
Sober – Is it an alcohol free day? Aiming for six a week.
Music – Have I listened to music today? A strange one. Long gone are the teenage days of lying on my bed listening to my cassettes but music does make me feel good and more creative so I try to have music on at the weekends or when I’m doing housework.
Reading – Making sure I don’t miss a day. This should be the easiest habit to keep.
Writing – Non blogging projects.
Blog – Days when I work on my blog. Aiming for three days a week.
Italian – Studying Italian – should be daily even if it’s just five or ten minutes a day. I will set up a notification for this.
No spend day – Excludes bills, food and travel to work. No target for this but I think it is something useful to track. I’m not a big fan of no spend days as you can spend more on one spend day than on thirty spend days depending what you buy. I’d just like to keep an eye on how often I spend money especially during the week.
Travel – Am I out of my home or work town today? No target here but I don’t want to let a month go by without having been somewhere.
Family – Have I communicated with any of my family today? An easy one to let slip and a text only takes a minute.
Husband – Have I spent quality time with my husband today? Have we gone out together, communicated or been a couple? This will be quite an interesting one as there are days that we hardly see each other due to our working patterns so it’s about remembering to communicate and do things together when we are together.
Social – Moving somewhere new involves making new friends. This habit means have I talked to my work colleagues today, have I seen or communicated with any of my other friends or have I been out socially It’s making me make the effort so that friendships can be made or maintained. It should also encourage me to answer texts and messages promptly not when I feel like it.
Housework – I seem to spend a lot of the weekend catching up on housework and then making lists of jobs that need doing the following weekend. If I can do jobs during the week then that should free up my weekends a bit.
I’ll let you know how the tracking goes.
Do you use any tracking apps or do you track your habits?