Did you ever found yourself trying to form a habit and actually developed a brief streak? But after a while fall out of it? Well if this has ever happened to you this article is written to get rid of this problem.
It’s a great deal if you are trying to form a habit to track time and be more efficient. Whether you are working as an employee or freelancer, time tracking is one of the primary habits to obtain.
Why do we distract from adopting or developing a new habit?
Most of the time we don’t assign goals to our achievements. For example, you say “I’m going to start a morning walk from Monday”. Sounds like a good idea, but a very vague one. And this also gives a sneaky option as soon an inconvenience pops up.
Now consider this “I am going to start a morning walk on Monday by waking up at 5 a.m and run a mile across the block”. Now, this sounds like a more achievable one. You need to add a track to your habit. Now let’s come to building a habit to track time.
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How habits are built?
All types of habits good or bad can be seen as behavior loops. Here is how establishing a habit loop works. There is a phenomenon called Trigger point. This is the event that caused you to take action and in the end, you rewarded yourself.
For example, you had a frustrating day at work (Trigger) and you bought a coffee (action). And then comes the final part the ‘Reward’, caffeine promoted your central nervous system and gave a boost to your brain.
The loop can be broken by just changing the action, substitute coffee with going to the gym.
The solution introduced an outside reward. After going to the gym, reward yourself with black coffee or a protein shake. There can be many challenges while building a habit such as setting your goals too high, doing too many things too soon even going for perfection.
Build a habit to track time
First of all, if you are really bad at tracking time, go easy on yourself. For starters, try specifying a time for little things. Like, wash dishes at night even if there is just one dirty plate. Take a walk with your dog, drink a glass of water every morning after waking up or write even one line in your journal. Then give yourself a raise. Find any time tracking app, there are dozens of them available.
Assigning yourself small tasks and track how much time you consumed doing it. Don’t feel shy to track something easy or that you are already doing on a daily basis. If you somehow managed to track your already formed habits for two weeks. You are all set for bigger challenges.
Don’t give up too soon just because you haven’t seen the change immediately. As per the British Journal of General Practice. It takes about 66 days for a brain to form a new habit. During this, you’ll deal with both good and bad days, and how to build a perfect habit streak.
Never forget to reward yourself. Until you are stick with your habit, it’s important to build some kind of feedback for your body or brain. Take a pack of m&ms, every time you are able to complete a task in a given time just eat one.
Now this one might be a little annoying at first, but for the people who are really bad at time tracking, it will work perfectly for them. Set too many reminders for your task whether you are on a laptop or phone. Developing a good habit can be critical so don’t get scared at first.
I hope this article will help you to develop a time-tracking habit in your daily routine and see yourself growing and being productivity throughout the day.