Habit trackers are great space savers and let you see what you need to focus more (or less) on. There are so many different ways to habit track – monthly, weekly, on a separate page, within the weekly spread, bullet journal style etc.
Here are some of the ways I’ve habit tracked in the past – hopefully you find some inspiration to use with your planner!
15 Habit Tracker Ideas to Try
1. Printable Monthly Habit Tracker
One entire page in landscape format is my preferred format for habit trackers. It provides enough room to write the habits and you can see the entire month at once.
2. An add on page
I use this when the weekly spread I’m using doesn’t have quite enough space. An add on page like the one below with half habit tracker and half lined writing or checklist space is my preferred option.
3. On the weekly spread
Not many planners include a habit tracker on a weekly spread which is another reason why I tend to use a printable.
Having it right there in front of you on the weekly spread is ideal when you’re creating new habits, rather than hidden away on a monthly page you may forget to refer to.
If printables don’t appeal to you, here are some other options:
4. In a planner
My favorite planner that includes a habit tracker while maintaining a very functional weekly spread is the Mi Goals planner.
The Agendio Planner have the option of adding a habit tracker into each week of your planner – plus you can choose which habits you want the page to be pre-filled with, the start day of the week and I also opted to add a total column.
I’ll be doing a post with a roundup of planners that include habit trackers soon. Make sure you subscribe to be notified when that post is published.
5. Dot Grid paper
Draw a box on the days you expect those habits / routine tasks to happen, then cross off or color in the days you actually did them.
By drawing the boxes I find it easier to see where I’m over-scheduling i.e. forecasting where I was spending my time rather than crossing off the boxes after it had happened. I have more time on a Saturday and Sunday, so I tend to schedule more tasks on these days.
Boxes drawn on dot grid paper work out much neater than lined paper.
6. Highlighter border
Similar to the above outlining method, highlighters are quick, simple and effective.
7. Add a total column
If I have room on the page, I’ll add an extra column and label it T for total and tally up the number of times I did that thing during the month.
Sometimes I’ll also add a column with G and add a goal amount of times I intend to do that thing during the month.
8. Graph Paper Sticky notes
My favorite are the Post It note 3M. I find they work best with ballpoint pens. The ink of gel pens tends to ‘feather’.
9. Planner stickers
While most planner stickers seem to be sized for the sidebar of the popular Erin Condren weekly planner (and similar size planners) most planner stickers can be used in other planners.
The Frixion self inking erasable stamps are my favorite! No mess, they last a long time and come in lots of cute images
11. Graph Paper
Works best with feint grey lines rather than black which ends up looking busy when you write over the top of it.
I shared a tutorial on how to make your own graph paper in this post.
Some notepads have habit trackers built in such as this one:
And these from Kikki K
13. Convert the notes section
… and if they don’t you have always rule up some columns and create your own habit tracker
Passion Planner has a printable template you can cut out and stick onto the page. If you don’t want it to take up the entire notes space just put a strip of washi on one side to create a ‘flap’ so you can still write on the page underneath.
14. List Notepad
List notepads are ideal and if you want to keep it with your planner, a strip of washi will turn it into a ‘sticky note’
15. In the sidebar with stickers
The notes column in vertical planners is too narrow to write much in which is why I turn to stickers. They work well in weekly and monthly spreads.
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