If you’re like most, you probably have a goal lingering in the back of your mind: “I want to lose 10 pounds.” Sound familiar?
Reaching goals can be challenging, which is why they tend to linger as an afterthought rather than become a reality. You may know the steps needed to reach your goal (eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise more if you want to lose those 10 pounds) — but taking those steps every day is easier said than done.
But what if you started achieving goals by building habits instead of aimlessly going after vague targets?
Everyone Needs Better Habits
Building better habits can help you reach your goals. That’s because habits make your changes stick (so you don’t gain those 10 pounds back as soon as you lose them) and are often easier to implement daily.
It gets even easier with the help of a habit tracker. A habit tracker can help you set — and stick to — your goals, from sleeping more hours a night to smoking less and everything in between.
While plans transform your life, habits are the small steps (and daily wins) that move you inch-by-inch toward your goals while keeping you motivated when the going gets tough.
The Benefits of Building Habits
If you’ve thought that simply “deciding” to make a habit is all it takes to transform your life, you’ve probably faced some failure along the way.
Even if you already follow a strict diet and exercise regimen and successfully abstain from “bad” habits (like scrolling social media on our phone for hours in bed), you might consider incorporating better habits into your lifestyle just for the sake of creating a habit in general.
According to Healthline, developing good habits for any reason can improve your mental health, like a blossoming sense of pride and feeling increased control over your life and future. Other benefits may include increased self-esteem, less stress, and reduced anxiety.
Our brains love patterns and habits are patterns, so habits make your brain happy!
Psychology Today mentions that establishing good habits can make you more efficient, allowing your body and mind to perform with less energy and time — and we could all probably benefit from more efficiency.
Farnam Street agrees, noting “Habits are algorithms operating in the background that power our lives. Good habits help us reach our goals more effectively and efficiently.”
What Is Habit Tracking?
While building good habits and eliminating bad habits is nothing new, habit tracking is a little more modern, especially with the rise of habit-tracking apps. And habit tracking plays a crucial role when it comes to habit-building.
As Vox points out, habit tracking (and habit-tracking apps) channels and builds on the psychology; your brain already uses as it establishes a new habit.
Habit tracking keeps you on course through whatever habit-forming psychology works best for you, whether that be the:
- Rewards you see from a long streak of success
- Coaching you need to form a habit
- Accountability you crave to motivate you
Habit tracking channels and builds on the psychology your brain already uses as it establishes a new pattern.
Of course, when using a habit tracker, you must form a base habit around the actual habit you’re pursuing. You then use the habit tracker to develop the habit of getting in so many steps per day. Along these lines, it’s important to note that habit trackers don’t work for everyone, but they work amazingly for some; it all depends on your personal psychology.
6 Reasons to Use a Habit Tracking App and the Benefits You Can Expect
What benefits can you expect if you want to try a habit-tracking app? Here are six reasons that might inspire you to take the plunge.
A habit tracker…
1. Helps you focus
We’ve all been there. You have every intention to meet a goal or keep that New Year’s resolution, but you get distracted by life. A habit tracker can keep you focused and on the course.
If you feel like you have too much on your plate, the Arootah Habit Accountability Tracker offers a macro view that helps you see how all your habits stack together. You can make more or remove overwhelming ones to create a routine that fits your needs.
2. Keeps you accountable
If you constantly need an outside source to hold you accountable to your goals, but you don’t want to share your habit goals with just anyone (some plans are private, after all!), a habit-tracking app can help.
Even if you have a coach, accountability buddy, or mentor, delegate some of that responsibility to technology to optimize your support system.
3. Acts as a reminder
No more writing notes to yourself and sticking them to your bathroom mirror! Your app will remind you to stay the course daily, using the device always by your side. If you want to step up past your generic clock, calendar, reminder, or stopwatch app, the Arootah Habit Accountability Tracker is like a reminder, only more intelligent.
4. Records your data
It’s not just remembering to do (or not do) something. The small daily wins and streaks that stack up keep you motivated. Having data at your fingertips is paramount to measuring any sort of success. A habit-tracking app will let you know how you’ve been performing over the past week or month, no matter how you feel about your progress, good or bad.
5. Motivates you
All that data and reminding can keep you motivated, even on days when you don’t feel like sticking to those habits. Whether competing against yourself (or a buddy) is the motivation you need, having the data to show your progress can be wildly inspiring.
6. Creates life-changing routines
Small daily habits add up to create significant, life-changing routines. While it might not seem like using an app every day will change your life, you might find that’s precisely the case.
Habits collect compound interest. They transform your life in the same way compound interest transforms your bank account. Interest is like your “small wins,” and it grows more every day. Collect interest and watch how habits have a compounding effect that leads to total life transformation.
The Bottom Line
While goals transform your life, habits are the small steps (and daily wins) that inch you toward success and keep you motivated when the going gets tough. If you want to get in front of your bad habits and make positive lasting changes, use a habit tracker. If you feel a plateau in your life and want to find small ways to optimize to help you get to your next level, the Arootah Habit Accountability Tracker (HAT) will get you there.
As a long-time executive, Arootah Founder and CEO Rich Bello knew the power of habits to optimize efficient workflows and replicate success through procedures. Arootah’s HAT is different from other habit trackers. Gone are the superfluous bells and whistles, so you can genuinely focus on what matters most to you (and not get distracted by flying cartoons). Your daily habits align with your greater mission in your life, career, or business. At the same time, your habits are with you in the trenches when life gets complicated, and they tie back to your greater strategy.
A system is the best way to keep you on track if you want to create new habits or break bad ones. If you don’t know where to start, get started with the HAT today by registering here.