Tips for Making the Marie Kondo Method Work In Your Busy Life

Have you read Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up” or watched her popular Netflix show “Tidying Up”?  The woman seriously knows how to declutter and organize a home!

Whether you have an abundance of clothes and gear for your young family, things left in your house from grown children, or sentimental heirlooms, Kondo has a tried and tested method for decluttering.  She can take the most overwhelming home and get it organized. And she promises that you’ll never go back to the way things were!

The KonMari Steps

In case you’re unfamiliar with Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method, let me give you a quick review.

It focuses on two basic principles 1) discarding and 2) deciding where to store things.  Kondo gives 6 rules for her discarding process which she says you must follow to be successful.

1) Sort by category, not by room e.g. clothes, books, etc.

2) Make it an event…(a marathon that could last up to 6 months)

3) Put all of the category items in one pile on the floor before you start to discard

4) Focus more on the things you want to keep vs. trying to get rid of stuff

5) Only keep items that “spark joy” forget all other criteria!

6) Address each category in the following order: Clothes, Books, Paper, Miscellaneous (Kimono), and Sentimental things.

Decluttered cabinet with text Tips for Making the Marie Kondo Method Work in Your Busy Life

Don’t Follow Marie Kondo’s Rules

As much as I admire her technique and the results, her approach just isn’t possible as a busy mom.  After reading both of her books, I did exactly what she told me NOT TO do. I didn’t follow her order. I didn’t bring everything into the middle of the room. I didn’t go on a decluttering marathon. Lastly, I kept many things that I needed that did not “spark joy.”

I didn’t follow Marie Kondo’s rules.  Instead, I chose pieces of her method that would work for me and my family.  Let me share with you how I applied Maria Kondo’s practices…it isn’t as she prescribes, but it works if you don’t have much time!

Does It Spark Joy

First, let’s talk about her one and only criteria, “Does it Spark Joy?”

This is a great criteria that you should use.  How often have you considered your emotions towards an object and let it be THE deciding factor of whether you keep it or not?  You may have been only focused on practical things like do you use the item or is it worn out etc. 

Her joy criteria gave me permission to get rid of things that were not worn out or that I may use, but not love.  It was very freeing to accept this new criteria.  I realized I kept things in my home because I felt I and to.  In reality, I wasn’t using them, they were just taking up my time and space as I shuffled them around.

I encourage you to incorporate the “joy” criteria…but, break the rules by not making it your only criteria.  I found the “joy” criteria too limiting.  There were just some things that I need to keep…things that don’t bring me joy.  

The Decluttering Marathon

Do you find it near impossible to work on a project for a couple of hours?  Imagine dedicating months to a project?   It’s just not realistic for most modern-day families.  Life is busy.

That’s why I decluttered in small chunks of time.  If you take this approach, you should aim for progress, not perfection.  (Marie Kondo is aiming for perfection – which is totally admirable)

Instead of doing all of the clothes in your entire home, just do the kid’s clothes…one drawer at a time.  Or just do the dresses in your closet…then the suits…then the tops as time permits.

I used Marie Kondo’s vertical filing technique for our clothes.  It was seriously life-changing, but, I didn’t do it as a marathon.  I went drawer by drawer.  Then I made sure my husband knew how to do it and now I’m teaching my kids.  I’m happy to share that two years later, we still have our drawers organized the same way.

Address Each Category In A Specific Order

Like Frank Sinatra, “I did it my way!”  Part of not being overwhelmed with decluttering and home organization is following your own motivation and passion.  You may have days where that junk drawer is totally bugging you and you would feel such a sense of accomplishment if you could get that one thing organized. 

There may be other times when you have a lot more energy to give to your home organization projects.  Maybe it’s January and you’re motivated by a fresh start.  It’s time to start with a clean slate, so you want to reorganize all of the clothes or take on your paper clutter.

Go where you have passion and purpose.  Take on the decluttering project large or small that works for you.

I decluttered as time permitted…and some days it was one drawer at a time…in the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom.  Other days, I was motivated to tackle an entire project like the basement storage closet.  Declutter by room or category in a way that works for you.

Decluttering Progress without Perfection

Even though I didn’t do the KonMari method, I still learned a lot from Marie Kondo. I just made tweaks so that her approach could work for me in this season in life.

If you’re ready to declutter but overwhelmed by this popular method, consider the following.

  • What areas in your home are the most important to you?
  • Are they functioning as you need them to?
  • Do they make you happy or frustrated?

If you want more tips for how to get organized when you have little time, check out this post?

5 Steps to Home Organization When You Have No Time

If you’d prefer to do the KonMari method as prescribed, check out this post.

The Exact Way to do Marie Kondo’s Decluttering Method

Remember, the goal is progress, not perfection. Life is busy and there’s a lot on your plate.  Give yourself permission to find a home organization method that works for you.

 

 

 

 

5 Steps to Home Organization When You Have No Time

Are you overwhelmed by disorganization in your home? Are you ready to get organized but don’t know where to start?  Do you find it hard to carve out time to the declutter and get organized?  Trust me, I know exactly how you feel!

As a busy mom with two young kids, a job, and a side hustle, finding times to work on a project can be next to impossible.   After becoming frustrated with a lack of progress, I became determined to figure out how to get things done during the little spare time I have.    

busy mom taking care of kids with a disorganized house with text 5 steps to home organization when you have little time

Step 1) Make your Home Organization List

First, make a list of the areas in your home that need decluttering or organization. Is it the island counter you see every day when you walk into your home? Is it the mudroom that is out of control with shoes, gloves, and backpacks everywhere? Maybe it’s your closet filled with clothes that no longer fit or are out of style.   Write down every area in your home that you need to declutter and organize.

Step 2) Prioritize Your Home Organization List

Prioritizing your list is a step that helps you clarify what’s really important and where you need to focus first.  You can use a simple 2 x 2 grid to rate the level of frustration with the space and how important the area is to you.

Consider your frustration and the importance of the space. Take every area on your list and place it on the grid.

2 x 2 grid with one axis showing high and low Frustration and the other axis showinghigh and low importance to help you prioritize your home organization efforts.

Frustration

Does that space cause high or low frustration for you?  High frustration areas are spaces where you’re moving piles around, wasting time looking for things, embarrassed when someone outside of the family sees it, etc.

Importance

Is it high or low importance to you?  High importance areas are typically areas that get a lot of traffic- you and your family use the space a lot.  They are often very visible e.g. the kitchen or living room.   

Now look at the list of areas, anything identified as category 1 are your top priorities.  This is where you start.

Step 3: Create Bite-Size Home Organization Projects

Now it’s time to take your top priorities and break them down into manageable steps.  Things you can get done in as little as 15 minutes. 

Confession, I once was an overachiever.  I always tried to complete a project from start to finish in the same day.  But that’s just not possible now.   A friend of mine recently said having kids was God’s way of putting Type A people in their place, I couldn’t agree with her more!

So, I’ve retrained myself and how I get stuff done.  Now, I look for much smaller projects. For example, instead of cleaning out the entire pantry I aim to clean out one bin or one shelf in the pantry. By readjusting my expectations I’m able to get things done a little at a time.  Try this and you’ll see that you feel successful once you accomplish the micro-goal.  This sense of satisfaction will motivate you to keep on keeping on.

In Step 3, you need to break your home organization project into smaller steps.  Here is an example of ways you can breakdown overwhelming large projects into smaller steps you can accomplish in 15 to 30 minutes.

Start with one drawer at a time

  • If you’re in the kitchen: do a silverware drawer, the Tupperware drawer, or the junk drawer.
  • Your kids’ bedroom: take out the T-shirt drawer or the sock drawer.
  • The bathroom: organize under the sink, the towel closet, or the toiletries shelf/drawer.

HOme organization list with big projects borken down into smaller steps

Step 4: Set Decluttering Criteria Upfront

Another area of difficulty I hear from you about is not knowing how to make decisions on all the stuff. What to keep and what to get rid of.

It will save you time if you think about this before you start to organize. You don’t want to keep the stuff you don’t need or even like. You also don’t want to organize it and keep shuffling it around your house.  So before you begin to organize, it’s important to remove (declutter) the things you no longer need or want.

Make a list of your criteria. 

Here are a few examples:

  • When is the last time you used it?
  • Do you like it?
  • Is it in style?
  • Does it have sentimental value?
  • Will you or a family member use it in the future?
  • Do you have duplicates of it?
  • What would happen if you got rid of it?  Is there something you could use in its place?

Having criteria before you start decluttering and organizing your things will help you make decisions along the way and speed up the entire process.

Step 5: Manage Your Time

It can be very motivational to commit to only spending a small amount of time on a project.  If you feel like you’re going to spend multiple hours, then you’re more likely to procrastinate.  But, if you commit to just getting started and only spending 15 to 30 minutes on it, you’re more likely to push through.

Set a timer for 15 – 30 minutes.   Do as much as you can in that timeframe and save the rest for the next window of time you have.  Remember the list I had you make breaking the larger project into smaller steps? Use that list to keep track of where you are in the bigger project. For example, when working on your pantry, you might make a note that you cleaned out two shelves and need to finish organizing the next two shelves.

What are You Waiting For?

Home Organization…most people love it.  Well, they love the end result of it.  The reality is, it can be hard to find the time to get started.  It can also be difficult to even know where to start.  By making a list, prioritizing it, breaking the project down into smaller steps, establishing your decluttering criteria, and working in a short burst of time, you can tackle your unorganized space.

You don’t have to have ideal circumstances or a ton of time to conquer your clutter.  A little planning and prioritization can help you get unstuck.  So, what are you waiting for?  Isn’t it time to make your list?

20 Home Organization & Decluttering Books – To Help You Get Motivated

Have you tried to get motivated to declutter and organize your home, but just can’t muster the energy, focus, or time?  Sometimes, a good read or listen to a good book is all the help you need to get unstuck. 

If you’re like so many of my readers, you struggle with finding time, sentimental attachment, or even knowing where to start a home organization project. This list of 20 books is perfect to inspire you in 2020 to declutter and organize your home.  I’ve included a wide variety so there’s something here for everyone!

Woman sitting on the couch reading home organization and decluttering books with text 20 home organization books to help you get motivated

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How To Get Control of Your Stuff and Your Life

They say a cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind.  The stuff in our lives doesn’t just impact our homes, they also weigh us down, increase frustration,  and suck up our time.  The authors of these books look at the bigger picture…the problem with clutter and how to stop it before it starts.  These reads are inspiring AND very practical.  Check out these books to explore the bigger problem that clutter creates while also getting practical tips to stop the clutter cycle in its tracks!

  1. Outer Order Inner Calm, by Gretchen Rubin
  2. Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul by Ruth Soukup
  3. Organizing Your Home With Sort and Succeed: Five Simple Steps to Stop Clutter Before It Starts, Save Money, & Simplify Your Life, by Darla DeMorrow

How To Declutter

If you don’t know where or how to start decluttering, then check out these books.  I don’t believe there’s a one-size-fits-all approach to decluttering, so it’s important to find the method that will work for you.  Your life circumstances, time available, and family dynamics are all things to consider.

For example, I thought  Marie Kondo’s method had really great tips.  I felt confident that her approach would work.   If you’ve seen her wildly popular show on Netflix, you know that she has a very prescriptive approach.  She details the order of things to declutter and how to go about decluttering.  It’s exhaustive and complete, but with two young kids, it would be difficult for me to do.   I choose to incorporate some of her method e.g. vertical clothes filing, but took a more practical approach to how and when I declutter. 

Dana K. White’s uber-practical approach feels much more flexible.   She gives tips anyone can apply and also acknowledges that there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to decluttering.  I love some of her tips like start with the room that you see the most often.  Recognize that the container e.g. a basket or shelf is the amount of space that you have for your stuff. 

Check out these books and find one that’s right for you!

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo
  2. Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
  3. Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K. White
  4. Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook: Declutter and Organize your Home and Life by Cassandra Aarssen

How To Declutter Before you Downsize

Maybe you’re at the point in life when you’re ready to downsize.  I hear from readers that want to start decluttering from a life of accumulated stuff, they don’t know what to do with their great aunt’s china, the stuff their adult kids left at their house, or the things they’ve collected over their lifetime.  Often a lot of emotion and sentimental attachment comes with this process.  If you can identify, check out these books for practical tips

  1. Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life by Peter Walsh
  2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson


 

What is Being Minimalist?

How does a simplified lifestyle sound?  What about becoming more intentional about your time?…only keeping the things around that make you happy?  While  I don’t describe myself as a minimalist I do like the idea of havening a more intentional and focused life.  If you’re sold on becoming a minimalist or are curious about what it’s all about, check out these books!

  1. The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life by Joshua Becker
  2. The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify – by Francine Jay

How to Organize Your Home

Get ideas on how to order your home so that it functions efficiently, find stuff when you need it, and beautifully store things.  From Instagram Influencers to YouTube Stars, these books are packed with visual inspiration and practical tips.  These authors provide recommendations on how to tackle your  junk drawer, conquer your closet, or organize your mudroom (and much more!) 

  1. The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin
  2. Beautifully Organized: A Guide to Function and Style in Your Home, by Nikki Boyd
  3. The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley
  4. Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick
  5. Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee
  6. Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day by Cassandra Aarssen

Decluttering for Specific Audiences

Maybe you’ve read some of the books above, or you feel that you just don’t relate.  You see yourself as creative, easily distracted or too attached to your things to actually be effective at decluttering or organizing.  Then this category is for you!  Check out these books and see if you can relate!

  1. New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else) by Fay Wolf
  2. Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD, by Susan C Pinsky
  3. The Sentimental Person’s Guide to Decluttering by Claire Middleton

If you’re ready to finally conquer your clutter or get your home in order, then the above books can provide the inspiration you need.  Find the inspiration you need to get unstuck,  know where to start, or be motivated to finally find the time!  There’s something here for everyone… this list of 20 books is perfect to inspire you in 2020 to declutter and organize your home!

 

 

 

 


 

 

Easy Kitchen Decluttering with 25 Things You Can Get Rid of Today

Do you have a love-hate relationship with your kitchen?  It’s a place to gather and eat, but also busy with traffic and quickly becomes a dumping ground?

Does your life get so busy that the most used areas in your home become the most neglected? (mine does at times)

It’s easy for the kitchen island to become a clutter trap, for cabinets to be crammed with appliances or dishes you forgot you had, and the bottom of your pantry to hold bags of unknown supplies.

Spending time cleaning out and decluttering your kitchen can pay off big time!  You can save time and money by getting rid of unused things and getting organized. 

Decluttered Kitchen with text Easy Kitchen decluttering with 25 things you can get rid of today

Kitchen Zones

Don’t get overwhelmed with the prospect of taking on your entire kitchen! Breakdown the space into smaller zones.  If you’re like me, you may only be able to do one zone at a time and that’s totally okay!  You don’t have to do the entire kitchen at once to begin to reap the benefits.

Your kitchen zones may include the following:

  1. Countertops
  2. Refrigerator
  3. Pantry
  4. Cabinets
  5. Drawers
  6. Under the sink
  7. Pots and Pans drawer / cabinet
  8. Tupperware drawer / cabinet
  9. Junk drawer / cabinet
  10. Coffee station

ACTION STEPS:

Before you get started decluttering, review the zones and decide which one’s are the most important to you or that need the most attention.

Questions To Ask When Decluttering

Next, it’s helpful to set criteria for what you need to declutter. Will you use Marie Kondo’s “joy” criteria (which I like in many respects) or will it be something more practical, like:

  • Is it worn out?
  • Does it still have a purpose/function?
  • Do I have multiples of it?
  • Does it make my life easier?
  • Might I or someone in my family use it?
  • Is it still in style?
  • Could I repurpose it for something else?

Decluttering the Zones

Here is a list of things you can easily declutter from your kitchen.  I won’t call them out by zone, because you may keep them in a different zone than I do.  For example, I may keep my appliances at the bottom of my pantry while you keep them in a cabinet.

25 Things You Can Easily Declutter From Your Kitchen

Regardless, of their location in your kitchen, you can still easily declutter these 25 items!

  1. Small cooking appliances you no longer use e.g. a vegetable steamer, bread machine
  2. Expired food (in the pantry and the refrigerator)
  3. Condiment packets
  4. Magnets on the fridge that you don’t use
  5. Plastic grocery bags
  6. Extra mismatched coffee mugs
  7. Worn out or mismatched plastic cups
  8. Containers without matching lids
  9. Chipped dishes
  10. Kids plastic dishes that they’ve outgrown or that is pealing
  11. Old cookware that is chipped or peeling
  12. Seldom used cookie sheets, muffin tins, or pie pans
  13. Dishes or serving plates you never use
  14. Duplicate cooking utensils
  15. Empty bottles
  16. Recipe books you never use
  17. Dish clothes that have holes or are smelly
  18. Worn out cooking mitts
  19. Broken trivets or hot pads
  20. Kitchen gadgets you rarely use
  21. Old party supplies
  22. Old candles or used birthday candles
  23. Expired medicine or supplements
  24. Catalogs, junk mail, receipts flyers, and take-out menus
  25. Placemats or cloth napkins that are worn out or seldom used

Fixing Kitchen Clutter Traps

The 25 items above are easy to identify and discard, but often there are clutter traps in our kitchens that require more work. 

I love a clean and clear kitchen counter, but it’s a constant battle to keep it that way.  The kids little trinkets from a happy meal, school work, junk mail, etc.  seem to all make their way to our Kitchen Island.  This clutter trap had to be fixed!

We had to look at why the clutter was ending up there to begin with and then put in place a solution to really fix the problem…not just shuffle the junk around.

Clutter Trap Solution

Step 1: Throw away anything that doesn’t meet your criteria

Step 2: Put away the things that already have a designated home

Step 3: Assign homes to things you want to keep, but that are orphans

Step 4: Use smart storage solutions for things that don’t have a home e.g. a basket, file, bin etc.

Where are your Clutter Traps?

Let me be honest, I still have these places and I imagine many of you do too!  My junk drawer used to be one of the biggest targets for this type of clutter until I took time to organize it and fit it with plastic bins with an assigned purpose. 

Another common clutter trap in the kitchen is the bottom of the pantry.  We’ve stored small appliances in this area as well as Tupperware bins to store paper goods and party supplies.  The problem is, that other things also accumulate in this space, life goes on, and we forget about it until it’s time to reorganize.

ACTION STEP:

Take a minute to think about your clutter traps and decide how you’re going to handle them.  Determine how much time you will need to declutter that space…

Smart Storage Tips For Kitchen Organization

As you declutter, you’ll likely start to reorganize a bit.  Here are a few smart storage solutions that will help keep your kitchen organized.

  • Counter Top – Fruit Basket, Mail Tray, and Soap caddy
  • Refrigerator – Plastic acrylic bins for eggs, sodas, yogurt etc.
  • Pantry – Plastic bins with labels, DIY Built-in Spice Rack, Canisters for baking ingredients
  • Tupperware drawer – Plastic bins for lids
  • Junk drawer – Battery storage, Pens / Pencils containers
  • Plastic dividers for things like rubber bands, paperclips, spare change
  • Drawers – group like items and store close to where they are most often used e.g. coffee cups by the coffee maker and water glasses by the refrigerator. Make sure each drawer or shelf has an assigned purpose

Routines

Finally, after you declutter, it’s important to make sure you have good routines to keep the clutter away! 

Every 6 Months

  • Do an inventory of your pantry or freezer.
  • Remove expired food from the pantry or Freezer as you go along

Weekly

  • Clean out the refrigerator of expired food
  • Discard containers or lids with missing parts

Daily

  • Clear the counters
  • Immediately put dirty dishes in the dishwasher
  • Sort mail when you bring it into the home

Decluttering your kitchen doesn’t have to be burdensome!  Break the work down into zones and do it section by section as time permits.  Get rid of the easy things first.  Next, tackle your clutter traps.  Implement smart storage solutions.  Finally, incorporate routines that will help you maintain your newly organized space!  Bon Appetite!

 

 

 

 

Habit Trackers – You need to accomplish your goals

You’re busy and overwhelmed.  I get it.  I am too!  How many times have you set a goal and didn’t achieve it?  It happens all of the time!  You want to lose weight, declutter, be more productive, get up earlier, make your bed every-day, start a business, or finish reading a book.  Goals whether big or small can be difficult to achieve. 

The year I started dating my husband, I signed up to do a bike race called the MS 150.  It was a two-day bicycle ride from Houston, Texas to Austin, Texas (approximately 150 miles.)  Thousands of riders sign up…both experienced and amateur riders.  I was in the amateur group.  In fact, when I signed up, I didn’t even own a bike.

In order to accomplish this goal, I knew I would have to train and condition my body so that I could successfully finish the race.  Well, about a month into my training, I started this long-distance relationship.  He lived in Canada and I lived in Texas.  We saw each other every two weeks, which meant that my training time was severely impacted

After trying to juggle everything, I finally made a decision to bow out of the race. Clearly, I didn’t meet my goal.

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Life Happens

That wasn’t the first or the last time for me to not reach a goal.  It happens on the regular now with a young family.  The reality is, life gets in the way, other priorities come up, or you get distracted when trying to achieve a goal.  For right or wrong, there is a mismatch between your desire and your discipline.  Sure, you can rationalize and try to justify your decisions, but the reason you don’t meet your goals is because there is a breakdown in the small daily steps. 

What Are Habits

At some point, you make a choice and stop taking the required action necessary for achieving the bigger goal.  That’s where habits come in.  Habits are small things you do on a regular basis, often without thinking.  It’s this very thing that helps you to be successful in achieving a goal or becoming the person you want to be.

The Importance of Habits

More than 40% of what we do each day are habits…habitual activities that we don’t give much thought to.  If you want to achieve something new or stop a behavior, you’ll need to be more intentional about your habits.

Hal Elrod, in The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life: Before 8AM shares,

“Considering that our habits create our life, there is arguably no single skill that is more important for you to learn and master than controlling your habits. You must identify, implement, and maintain the habits necessary for creating the results you want in your life”

Creating New Habits

It’s a common myth that habits only take 21 days to create.  Recent research shows that on average it takes 66 days to form a new habit.  Some people can create a new habit in as little as 21 days, but others may take up to 8 months.

The good news is, you don’t have to be perfect as you work on your new habits.  Your goal can be progress and not perfection.  The main thing is to stick with it! 

Identifying New Habits

New habits can be simple like:

  • Make your bed every morning
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Read 30 minutes a day

Or New habits can be smaller steps to reach a larger goal e.g. loose 20 lbs

  • Exercise 30 minutes daily
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Write down what you eat
  • Eat less than 1,700 calories

“Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it.”

― James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

What is a Habit Tracker

A habit tracker is an at-a-glance way that you can track the new habit you’re developing.  Most habit trackers can show you multiple habits over a week, a month, or several months.

Example Habit Trackers

 

 
 
 
 
 
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On one side list the new habits and across the top, list the days of the week or month.  You’ll only need space to put a check or an x-mark for each habit each day. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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20 Habit Tracker Ideas

The options of things that can be tracked in a Habit Tracker are limitless.  A few examples include:

  1. Get to bed by 10 p.m.
  2. Wake up at 6 a.m.
  3. Floss
  4. Hydrate
  5. Exercise
  6. Read
  7. Journal
  8. Practice piano
  9. Pray
  10. Study
  11. No spending
  12. Vitamins
  13. Stretch
  14. Say I Love You
  15. Time worked
  16. Time with Kids
  17. Laundry
  18. Dishes
  19. Decluttering
  20. Home Organization

How to Start Tracking Habits

If you’re new to tracking habits, start small.  Identify 3-5 habits you want to track.  Give it a month and see how you’re doing.  As you get the hang of tracking your progress, you can add more habits to track.  I recommend tracking no more than 15. 

If you have high resistance to your desired habit, then only try to do a few habits.  What I mean by high resistance, let’s say you want to drink more water, but you hate water.  It won’t’ be helpful to have 10 habits and struggle with all of them.  Just start with a few until you master them.

Reminder- you’re looking for progress and not perfection.  You’ll be able to see trends in your habit tracker.  And over time, if you stick with it, you should see an increase in compliance.

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”

― James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Habit Trackers Help You Focus on What’s Important

Habits are important to consider when you’re trying to change something about yourself or reach a goal.  Habits are formed little by little over time and require consistency.  Almost half of what you do every day is habitual yet it takes on average over two months to form a new habit.  By breaking down goals into smaller activities, and then implementing a simple habit tracker, you are more likely to achieve your goal.  A habit tracker helps you focus, reinforces what’s important to you, and increases accountability. 

It’s your turn, take a minute to write down 3-5 habits you want to create in the coming months.

 

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