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13 Jan 2021   ·   11
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My Daily Habit Tracker Checklist

(My habit tracker from 2019)

In 2019, I chose the word Excellence for my Word of the Year. That year, I really focused on developing habits and practices to lead a more excellent life (not a perfect life nor a productive life, but a excellence life — which I define more here).

One of the practices I established during that year was tracking habits. I created a simple daily habit checklist on Numbers on my computer with some habits that I wanted to prioritize. I would print one out at the beginning of each week and then track them throughout the week.

Small Actions Add Up to Big Change

Halfway through 2019, I downloaded Atomic Habits and listened to it on the Libby app. Within just the first hour of listening, I was pretty sure it was going to be a 5-start book for me. And it was! In fact, I found it so insightful that I ended up buying a hard copy of the book and reading the hard copy again in 2020! (If you know me well, you know that that speaks volumes to how beneficial I thought the book was!)

One of the basic premises of Atomic Habits is that small actions done consistently add up to big changes over time. These actions can be bad habits or good habits. In the book, the author provides powerful and actionable ideas on how to change course and develop disciplined practices… but it a way that serves you instead of stifling you.

Another principle that Atomic Habits highly encourages is the concept of habit tracking. James Clear shares many examples of how this can be done and how it can make such a difference.

I was excited that I had already developed the habit of habit tracking (though I had to chuckle that I was creating a habit to track habits!) and I can attest to the fact that it makes such a difference in my life.

If we say we want to change something, but we don’t proactively make a plan for how and when and what we’re going to do to actually make changes, there’s a good chance nothing will actually change. A habit tracker is a great way to actually put feet to our goals.

(My daily habit tracker for 2021 — I just realized that I need to change the year in the header from 2020 to 2021!)

How the Habit Tracker Works for Me

If you’re wanting to implement a habit tracker into your life, I encourage you to start by defining what habits you want to incorporate into your life. I based the bulk of my habits that I track off of my yearly goals and my personal priorities.

What is one or two habits that could make the most difference or would bring the most positive change into your life? We’ll talk more about how to do this in my post tomorrow on how to start and stick with habits.

  • Once I decide on the habits I want to work on, I create a simple chart on Numbers (you could use any sort of simple computer program that will create a table to do this. Or, you could even just hand draw one and make copies! My biggest advice is to keep it simple, though. If you are new to habits, only include a few on your tracker.
  • At the beginning of the week, I print out the Daily Habits Tracker and stick it in my notebook where I write my daily to do list. I already have the habit of check my Google calendar to write my time-blocked to do list each evening before bed, so having the habits tracker right there in my notebook reminds me to check it and track how I’m doing every day.
  • I know that I won’t always completely every habit on the chart every day, but my hope is to aim to check 5 boxes in each line of my checklist every week. For me, that’s what success looks like.

Does This Create More Stress?

Some of you might feel like a checklist seems over-bearing or not grace-filled or something that could cause stress. For my personality, it’s actually motivating. It helps remind me of my pre-determined priorities, it keeps me on track, and it serves as a sort of built-in course corrector.

Plus, if I find that I’m feeling exhausted or stressed or discouraged, a quick glance at the list might provide some clues as to why. For instance, if I feel like I’m not as connected with my kids, maybe it’s because I’m not spending as much one-on-one time with them. Or if I’m feeling depleted, maybe it’s because I haven’t been consistently prioritizing my health.

I love that — at a glance — I can see how I’m doing at prioritizing my priorities. Overall, I found that this simple practice has made such a difference in helping my yearly goals become a weekly reality.

Best of all, you can easily change or move any of the habits at any time, as seasons of life or priorities change. (You’ll notice a big difference in my habit chart from 2019 and 2020 because my life has changed a lot!)

Coming tomorrow: Practical advice for how to start and stick with better habits

Do you have any questions about the Daily Habit Tracker Checklist? Ask them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them!

P.S. Have you read my post on How I Plan My Days Without Using a Planner?

13 Jan 2021   ·   0

Under Armour Women’s Velocity Twist Hoodies for just $20!

Don’t miss this deal on Under Armour Hoodies!

Hurry and grab these Under Armour Women’s Velocity Twist Hoodies for just $20 each when you use code MSMVT at checkout. Choose from black, white, or grey.

These look SO comfy and this is such a great price for Under Armour brand!!

Shipping is $5.95 or FREE on orders over $50.

Valid through January 17th, while supplies last.

13 Jan 2021   ·   0

Adidas Running Shoes only $35 shipped (Reg. $150!), plus more!

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Need new running shoes? Here are some really hot deals on Adidas at Finish Line!

Right now, Finish Line is offering up to 75% off Adidas Shoes! No promo code needed.

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Here are some deals you can get…

Adidas Men’s X9000L4 Running Shoes in White/Core Black or Grey/White/Core Black $35 (regularly $150)
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Adidas Girls Originals Swift Run X Shoes – $35 (regularly $65)
Shipping is free for STATUS Club Members
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Nike Kids Airmax 2090 Casual Shoes – $55 (regularly $125)
Shipping is free for STATUS Club Members
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Women’s Adidas Originals SL Andridge Casual Shoes – $35 (regularly $110)
Shipping is free for STATUS Club Members
$35 shipped

Thanks, Hip2Save!

13 Jan 2021   ·   2

YETI Rambler Lowball only $14.99, plus more!

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Love YETI products? You can score some great deals on Ramblers!

For a limited time, Dick’s Sporting Goods is offering some great deals on YETI Ramblers! Here are some deals you can get…

Get this YETI Rambler Lowball 10 oz for just $14.99 (regularly $19.99)! Choose from multiple colors.

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Shop all the YETI products here.

Shipping is free on orders over $49. Otherwise, choose free in-store pickup.

13 Jan 2021   ·   0
Perfect Peace Box

*HOT* DaySpring $10 Coupon Code = FREE Journals, Gifts, Mugs, Wall Art, plus more! {Just Pay Shipping}

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Wow! DaySpring is currently offering $10 off any purchase when you use code code GROW10 at checkout.

If you use this on lower priced items, you can get items for FREE or super cheap after code! To find the best deals, check out their January Markdowns and the Clearance Section (and be sure to sort by lowest price first).

Perfect Peace Box

Here are just a few great highlights (and shop quickly, because items are selling out FAST)…

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His and Hers Mugs

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Believe Frame

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Family Photo Frame

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Made to Shine Box

Made to Shine Textured Ceramic Box with Wooden Lid – $10
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Napkin Holder

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Pass Along Promises

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Faith and Family Photo Clip

Faith & Family Wooden Photo Clip Board – $10
Use code GROW10 at checkout
FREE after code (just pay $6.95 shipping)

Valid through January 18th, while supplies last

Check out all the other deals in the January Markdowns and the Clearance Section!

13 Jan 2021   ·   2
CAP Barbell Neoprene Dumbbell

*HOT* CAP Barbell Neoprene Dumbbells as low as $1.96!

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Wow! If you’re looking for dumbbells, don’t miss these HOT deals!

CAP Barbell Neoprene Dumbbell

Walmart has these CAP Barbell Neoprene Dumbbells for a great price right now! Here are the deals:

Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

13 Jan 2021   ·   0

Chaco Sandals as low as $38.24!

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Love Chaco Sandals? Don’t miss these great deals!

For a limited time, Chacos is offering an extra 25% off when you use the promo code WINTER25OFF at checkout! This makes for some great deals…

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Shipping is free on orders over $49.

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

13 Jan 2021   ·   0
Puffs Plus Lotion Facial Tissues, 8 Family Boxes

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Running low on tissues? Here’s a great stock up deal!

Puffs Plus Lotion Facial Tissues, 8 Family Boxes

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That’s just $1.36 per box shipped.

Note: Once your order ships, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders.

Thanks, SwagGrabber!

13 Jan 2021   ·   0

Hydro Flask Water Bottles as low as $17.93, plus more!

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If you love Hydro Flask, be sure to check out these great deals on water bottles!

Hydro Flask Water Bottles from $17.93

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Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs. Otherwise, shipping is free on orders over $50.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

13 Jan 2021   ·   0
Sperry Sneakers

HUGE Savings on Sperry Sneakers, Boat Shoes, Duck Boots and more + Free Shipping!

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Love Sperry shoes? You can get huge savings on sneakers, boat shoes, duck boots and more right now!

Sperry Sneakers

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Shop the entire Sperry sale here.

Thanks, Wear It For Less!

13 Jan 2021   ·   0

Pull On Kid’s Neoprene Boots just $19.99 + shipping (Reg. $50!)

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These Pull On Kid’s Neoprene Boots are perfect for outdoor play and more!

Pull On Kid's Neoprene Boots

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There are lots of colors to choose from.

Shipping starts at $5.99. But if you place one order today, the rest of your orders will ship for FREE through 11:59 p.m. PT tonight!

13 Jan 2021   ·   0

Under Armour Women’s Long Sleeve Locker Tee + True Rock Women’s Leggings Set only $19.99!

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Here’s a great deal on this Under Armour Women’s Long Sleeve Locker Tee + True Rock Women’s Leggings Set!

Proozy has this Under Armour Women’s Long Sleeve Locker Tee + True Rock Women’s Leggings Set for just $19.99 right now! No promo code needed.

There are several colors to choose from.

Valid through January 15, 2021.

13 Jan 2021   ·   0

Farmhouse Pillow Cover Cases (Pack of 4) only $10.49!

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These Farmhouse Pillow Cover Cases are so cute!

Amazon has these Farmhouse Pillow Cover Cases (Pack of 4) for just $10.49 when you use the promo code 50KDRGJK at checkout!

There are six colors to choose from.

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Thanks, Midwest Money Saving Mommas!