Habit trackers work

MAY 11, 2022

I still maintain a habit tracker in Google sheets which I keep open most of the time while I'm at the computer; and it works! I'm reminded of the things I want to do daily, such as meditation, writing, sketching, blogging, and reading my Readwise quotes. These tasks don't take too much time, but it's easy for them to slip by and for me to forget about them. So I try to mark them as done as early as possible in my day to not have to worry about them until the next one.

I try to keep in mind a few quotes from James Clear's Atomic Habits when thinking about systems and goals. "If you want better results, then forget about setting goals. Focus on your system instead. […] Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress. […] You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems."