Can habit trackers, checklists and daily planners transform your life?

I’ll be honest, my memory is, in fact, a sieve with some things. I’m not sure quite where I’d be without my daily planner, Google Calendar and countless trackers!

Not only do these tools aid my memory, but they also keep me motivated.

Thankfully I’m fortunate to be driven in my personality, and generally, I’m known to have “ants in my pants”, which is excellent for getting things done, not so good for rest and relaxing! I am still human, and I sometimes need a little extra help on the motivation front.

Though it can take a bit of getting used to, I do believe that trackers can benefit everyone.

Habit Trackers

I think these are some of the best, most simple ideas of all time. Habits can be a tricky business to crack. Bad habits often seem impossible to break, and good habits tend to feel like hard work.

There are conflicting opinions about how long it takes a behaviour to “stick” and become a habit. A common myth is 21 days, though according to Philippa Lally, a leading health psychology researcher. It takes more than two months, around 66 days, for a behaviour to become automatic.

Can checklists, trackers and planners can really transform your life?

Now I don’t know about you, but there’s no way I could break or form a habit without some aid. I’ll give you an example. I embarked on the January No-Spend challenge, as many of my lovely followers did over on Instagram. I created a fun checklist, and lots of you downloaded it for free to join in.

The fact that I could tick off each day that I didn’t spend felt like a reward, a type of instant gratification. That is just what you need to help with habit-forming. And I’m pleased to say that it worked! I made it until my birthday, January 28th, before spending any money. Had I been slightly more organised and bought my party dress in December, I could have made it until the end of the month! It was my 30th, though my fiancé had a surprise party for me at home, which was lovely. We carried on the no-spend well into February, too, and it’s made us both think a lot more carefully being spending, so it worked.

If you’d like to curb your spending and try a no spend month, you can grab yours here.

This year, I started doing a few new things and wrote them on my habit tracker to tick off each day. For example, reading for at least 15 minutes every day is one. Listening to self-improvement/health or business podcasts for at least 30 minutes every day. I listen when I walk the dog, drive to a client, or clean, so this is easy. Eating more fruit; I’m okay with veggies, but I’ve always struggled to remember to eat fruit! I’ve also just added listening to a guided visualisation daily too. You can get your habit tracker here!

Put them somewhere you’ll see every day, and you can’t go wrong. You’ll have formed your new habit in no time!

Cleaning & Reset Checklists

I use daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning/housework checklists, which make a big difference. I mean, you’ve probably seen by now that I love ticking things off my list, and I know I’m not an anomaly. You’ll feel a sense of achievement, even if it’s only a minuscule task.

If you’re starting on your journey to a clutter-free and organised life, then these types of trackers can set you up for success.

They will also help you delegate jobs to the rest of the household. If you find that you always do the lion’s share of the cleaning, even though you also work full time. Using a cleaning checklist will enable you to mark next to each task who’s job it is.

Think about getting your kids involved too. For example, by teaching them to make their bed and then giving them a sticker on the checklist as a reward! I mean, there’s no harm giving the other half a sticker, too if it helps ;)

Food Inventories

As the name suggests, inventories are great for keeping track of what you have in your home.

Particularly for food. If you often have to chuck food out because you’ve forgotten about it in the back of a cupboard, or perhaps you tend to buy things “just in case” because you have no idea what’s in, then you might benefit from these.

As well as seeing what you have at a glance, rather than having a time-wasting rummage, you can easily plan meals around what you already have and use up food before it expires.

Why bother? You’ll reduce your food waste, weekly food shop costs, save time in the long run and lower your carbon footprint!

Meal Planners

Planning meals is something you’ll never regret doing. It might seem like a faff initially, especially if you like to do different meals each week as I do. I know some people have the same seven meals every week, which makes meal planning easier, but I like to mix it up. I also enjoy cooking for the most part when I’m not in a rush, which in fairness, I usually am, but hey-ho, aren’t we all!

Planning your meals will help you feel much more organised and in control and make writing your shopping list a breeze. You’ll save money too. There’s nothing worse than buying too much, not being able to eat it in time and then forgetting to freeze it. By that point, it’s way past it and un-edible.

It’s much less hassle when you can see what you’re making for dinner instead of thinking of something to concoct! Plus, If you have kids, having a meal planner on the fridge or display somewhere can be a winner; they often enjoy being able to see when their favourite meal is that week!

Daily Life & Goal Planners

I couldn’t live without my daily planner. No matter how hard I try to be entirely digital, I can’t get away from the fact that I love putting pen to paper. Marking a task as “complete” in my Google calendar is nowhere near as satisfying as physically ticking it off.

I prefer to write on a planner, over a notebook, as it enables me to evaluate what I’ve achieved at the end of the month. Mostly with business, but some personal goals too. I have to admit, I’m a bit of a geek like this, I file each daily planner away until I get to review the month (LOL).

Planners will be your new best friend if you want to up your organisation game, even if you don’t want to go to the nerdy extremes that I go to!

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Are you going to give them a try?

I hope this has given you some inspiration, and if you don’t fancy creating your own planners, you can check out my shop page to get your hands on mine. You’ll see that I have purposely priced them the way I have so that they are accessible to everyone. I don’t believe that anyone should have to pay a fortune to start getting organised.

BUT as a little incentive to kick start your new habits, you can use code WELCOME15 for 15% off all printables. But hurry, this offer expires on Monday 28th February.

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I hope you have the best weekend!

With love,

Amy xx

– your decluttering & organising bestie

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