When it comes to desiring change in your life, tracking what you are currently doing brings a level of awareness and clarity so you will know what you need to change, and how. When the inconsistency's start to show up you begin to realize without consistency you will never reach your goal. It's like using a GPS. The reason it works is because it has to track where you are in order to help you reach your target destination. You have to program it and then follow each step until you arrive at your destination. If you continue to go off course, it tracks where you are and then it will recalculate in order to get you back on track. What if you keep turning it off and then back on? You keep starting over and you will never reach your
What are some areas you feel you would like to track? Your spending habits? Fitness or hygiene routines? Not getting enough sleep? Eating or drinking too much? What about amount of time you spend on something or the number of times during a day you smoke or bite your nails? We all have wishes for better habits or behaviors and realizing where the start line is will help you reach the finish line.
By being aware of what it is you don't want in your life, you can recalculate and make the necessary changes needed to obtain what it is you do want. Having a chart, graph or timeline in front of you is proof of what is or is not working.
There are many systems out there designed to help track and calculate your habits and efforts. There are a multitude of online resources, you can create your own journal, office supply or book stores offer a number of resources to log and track. For today's technology users, here is a resourceful website with some suggestions for the best goal setting apps: http://appadvice.com/appguides/show/habit-building-apps Some are free, some are offered for a fee. (A few apps I
personally use when it comes to health and fitness goals are http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ and http://www.mapmywalk.com/my_home/) Ask someone else who is successful in the area you want to improve on what tracking systems they use and then give it a try.
The important thing is to find a system that works for you. By tracking and measuring, you will learn along the way what your current habits are and where you can cut back or where you can increase. After all, it is a different result you want, isn't it?
Suggestion: Don't take on your entire life all at once, it will become too overwhelming and more than likely lead you to give up. Pick one area of your life to focus on and accurately and consistently track it for just one week. You may find the results to be enough motivation that you will recalculate your personal GPS.