how to stick to your plan

How to use a habit-tracker. YouTube tutorial

September's Challenge...

Is to track your habits!!! Shocking right? Actually I've been writing, talking and posting about using an HT for awhile now. The time has finally come.

Options - you can track a current habit or learn a new one. It's up to you.

Rules - Set your intentions, tell 5 people that your doing this and DON'T GIVE UP.

How - Download & print the HT then watch the YouTube tutorial.

Goal - Enjoy the process. Make it fun and symbolic. Keep it simple! I suggest working on two at a time.

The one and only benefit is to DISCOVER who YOU are to become who YOU desire to be. Track a habit, rule your world.
— Ho'omālamalama

Guess what... this is perfect for children & youth too! Imagine teaching holistic habits at such a young age. I created this video because I was asked to show how I use an HT, so here it is. Enjoy and let me know if there are other holistic topics that you would like to read about.

Habit Tracker

What do your habits reveal?

I think habits are fascinating because it happens without us realizing. Almost as if your brain and body are on autopilot. Exploring our, "why" as in why-we-do-anything comes from the early stages of a habit.

Habits reveal so much about our life-style and environment. Which is obvious right? Well... not always. It's not obvious because we're not paying attention to ourselves. We're too busy looking after others to notice what's going on right under our noses.

Which is why I created a free pdf called: Habit Tracker. Catchy title right. In this post I'll cover how to create, use and why we all need it. You can even get younger ones involved. [Keep reading]  

SPECIAL NOTE:

The content in this post might change your life for the better but that depends 100% on you. It's the action you take, which will make all the difference. Set your intention right now to take action. [Grab your Habit Tracker now.]

Start paying attention to yourself while tracking your habits. It's not a mystery why some things work and others don't. Our subconscious is always gathering information but we're not always aware of it. That info becomes part of our thought process and can turn into habits. Some habits are helpful, while others have the ability to slowly damage our wellbeing. With a habit-tracker [HT] you can log in your activity in a non judgmental way.   The spaces are large enough to...

  • Color
  • Doodle
  • Stamp
  • Use Stickers
  • Paint 
  • Embellish
  • Mark [x]

I created this HT to be larger than most so it can offer reflective moments. It's other purpose is to take up space, so put it on your fridge. It can help you understand where you are and where you want to be. I hope you create a habit around tracking and settle down with some tea and fill it out daily. Don't forget to use #WholelisticFit when posting or sharing your results. You might get featured.

In understanding the infinite, unmeasurable possibilities that I am capable of, I must first know the habits I possess.
— Ho'omālamalama
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How to create it.

I added a YouTube video but in my situation I didn't watch any particular vlogger. It was a simple start, in the beginning, I wanted to track my water intake for a month. So I used stickers on my planner page. Each cup of water was marked with a sticker on that day. Eventually I wanted to track other things.

To make your own you need three [3] things. You can determine the intensity or its simplicity.

  1. Something to represent a "tick" mark.
  2. Somewhere to mark it.
  3. Someplace to post or put it.  

How to use it.

When starting, I suggest you keep it simple. Don't try to HT twelve [12] different habits. Start with two [2]. You can use it to HT a current habit like 'drinking water' or a desired habit such as marking your AB or Plank challenge. I think the biggest habit to incorporate is to remember to mark your HT daily. 

Why do we need it?

First of all let me give you some background. At some point in my life I was trained and worked as a Chiropractic Assistant [CA]. Than I took it to the next level and became a Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner [RNCP] in eastern and western nutrition. It was my job to reveal the report of findings, basically what the DC found. Aside from the car injury clients everyone else would get the, "If you change a few habits" speech.

That resonated with me since so many of our diseases [Dis-Ease] are connected to life-style. This was the beginning of my holistic journey. A time in my life where I read labels, considered what I ate and where it came from. Unfortunately I had already loss a lot of loved ones to diabetes, heart disease and lung cancer. My mission was to help those around me. Did they listen? Not always because they refused to change a few habits. And when they finally decided to make a change it was too late, since the desire to change was the result of a doctors persuasion. Which typically resulted in a bunch of drugs and weekly visits.  

Do we need to wait for a WAKE-UP call on our health or can we maintain wellness? 

Start today, Below is a sample of the Habit Tracker I created for my Mermaids. 

WholelisticFit's Habit-Tracker

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How to stick to your plan. PART 1

We live in a world of mass distractions. Some of them become part of a crazy cycle based on an un-finished TO-DO list.

Imagine waking up in the morning and you have a clear picture of what has to be done. Than life happens... it's the evening and you find yourself laying on the pillow wondering, "Where did the time go?" By the way, did you complete that single task? No, because something got in the way. Day after day and night after night we feel the pressure of INCOMPLETION. 

Don't worry you're not alone. We live in a push-notification era. Our unlimited data lifestyle bombards us with so many distractions. We crave success but we really need is the ability to focus.

Forget about planning for a minute and think about your ability to focus on your goals. How often do you have to stop what you're doing to help someone else? Have you ever had to put your work on-hold because of a text you received? Do you find yourself locked into FaceBook trying to respond to people?

Well you my friend are dealing with distractions. Keep reading, there's hope.

The theme: HOW TO STICK TO YOUR PLAN 

Was a landslide vote from my WholelisticFit FaceBook group. [Join Here] I asked them to suggest possible blog titles that they would like to read. I didn't answer their curiosity right away, in fact it took me awhile to break it down into its simplest form. Hmmm... why do we have problems sticking to our plans? After all is the plan faulty or are we faulty planners?

I realized that it has nothing to do with planning but everything to do with what's going on around us. Our environment is why we fail or succeed at anything. It's like Resolutions. The idea of making a Resolution isn't wrong but it often gets a bad rep. We surround a Resolution with so much unfair expectation. I personally like resolutions but I keep mine pretty simple. For instance: Read positive words. Easily done because everyone I follow on Instagram [Follow Here] comes from a positive background. I see positive post by default. Now back to you, I have a few positive things you can do called STICK TO YOUR PLAN [STYP] SECRETS to share along with a few tips that you can use when scheduling.

 

STYP SECRET #1

Learn your habits. Track what you do. 

 

STYP SECRET #2

Break down your plans into tiny task.

 

STYP SECRET #3

Learn to make adjustments as you flow.

 

Habits - Habits are what we do when we're not paying attention to ourselves. It's in our nature and part of our everyday choices. You don't have to think about it because it happens. For instance if I wanted to stop eating dairy I should look at the habit that I've formed around eating dairy. Perhaps I always walk down the ice cream isle, that's a habit, and grab a container as I shop. If you're failing at a particular part of your plan look at your habits. I suggest using a Habit-Tracker. It's just a way to mark your activities as they happen.    

 
 
 
 

Tiny Task - It's a psychological thing. We have to trick our minds into accepting the task and not sabotaging our efforts. For example: I plan to practice yoga at 6am three times per week but I can't seem to follow through. I did stick to my first day but the second and third session didn't happen. WHY? Because I stayed up late thinking I could manage it but when my alarm sounded I clicked the 'sleep' button for five more minutes. Realizing later that I over slept and decided to roll over and enjoy the extended nap. After all I'll get to it tomorrow... but the same scenario happens and I eventually give up the plan. *What I should have done is set up small task such as plan to attend one 6am session per week for a month then add a second next month and so on. Eventually reaching my goal, succeeding in my plan and adopting a NEW HEALTHY HABIT.

 
 
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Adjust - Much like my Tiny-Task example you'll notice that there was a an adjustment to the nature and flow of my yoga schedule. The plan wasn't bad but my execution needed some tweaking. As I've said before, "Tweak not twerk." Lol. Anyway, I had to train my self into a new habit by breaking down a big task into tiny steps. By accomplishing them I'm able to build my confidence and eventually tackle other projects and plans.  

 
 
 
 

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part 2 [members only]

  • Learn the process to track your habits.

  • Learn how to categorize your priorities.

  • Learn the creative way to de-clutter the mind.