Grab these free habit tracker printables and take a look at how to use habit trackers for success!
Maybe you’ve seen habit trackers on Instagram or Pinterest, heard about them from a friend, or read about them in a book like Deep Work.
Today we’ll be taking a look at the popular habit tracker idea, how habit trackers work, how to use a habit tracker, and ideas for habits to track.
Then, of course, there are your free habit tracker printables!
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The printable habit trackers I could find for free online were all pretty basic, so I made a variety of habit trackers for you, including monthly habit trackers, weekly habit trackers, mini habit trackers, and mandala habit trackers!
What is a habit tracker?
In short, a habit tracker is a tool that gives you a place to record when you meet a specific goal. It gives you a visual record of when you did, or did not, meet your goals.
Usually when people refer to a habit tracker, they mean a chart of some kind in a journal or planner, but other things can serve as habit trackers, too. For example, a large water bottle with marks to remind you to drink water and that allows you to see how much water you’ve consumed that day could be considered a habit tracker!
For the purposes of this post, we’ll be talking about the pen and paper type of habit tracker (like the free printables below!).
Do habit trackers work?
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” ~ management expert Peter Drucker
Like any tool, a habit tracker only works if you do. Simply printing a habit tracker out and leaving it buried under a stack of papers on your desk won’t accomplish anything!
When used consistently, a simple habit tracker is a powerful tool that helps you stay accountable. You can quickly see, at a glance, what you have or haven’t done. Using a habit tracker removes the supposition and guesswork.
Habit trackers can also help motivate you to actually achieve your goals because you don’t want to lose your streak or see a glaring white spot on your tracker! Forming a habit can take a long time and the results can seem slow to appear. Using a habit tracker helps keep you accountable and on track until the habit is internalized and/or you start seeing the results to desire.
Habit trackers can also help you see what is and isn’t working. For example, if you consistently fall short of meeting a goal, you know it’s time to reevaluate your goal or something about your routine.
How to use a habit tracker printable
Using a habit tracker is super simple!
First, select the right type of habit tracker for the job.
Weekly and monthly habit trackers are very popular and let you see, at a glance, how frequently you achieved a particular goal. Simply label your tracker with what you want to track then shade in the appropriate box when you meet your goal!
Mini trackers are great for tracking single habits and larger trackers give you space to track several different things on the same chart.
You can also use habit trackers for more occasional things, like washing your sheets or changing your home air filters. You can track these in an annual tracker by shading a box or with a tracker that gives you space to write in the date. You could also use a mini tracker with just one box per week instead of a box per day.
You can also use an annual tracker with 365 boxes to keep track of a single habit for the entire year! This is a great idea for things you want to do every single day like drink adequate water, write in a gratitude journal, or floss your teeth.
365 days at a glance trackers are also great as mood trackers.
Then actually use your habit tracker!
To make your habit tracker more effective, don’t just check off each box. Instead, shade it in using your favorite markers or pens! That way the impact of missing a day is much more noticeable. The Staedtler fineliner pens are great for journaling and coloring. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should!
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75+ Ideas for what to track with a habit tracker
For ease of use, these ideas of what to track in your planner are broken into categories!
Health and self care habits to track
Went to bed on time/received a goal amount of sleep
Drank enough water
Exercised (you can also break this out into different goals to track separately like weightlifting, stretching, running, etc.)
Met step goal
Read a book
Didn’t watch TV/Netflix
No screens for 30 minutes before bed
Filled out gratitude journal
Verbally shared appreciation
Didn’t complain or criticize
On your period
Met calorie goal
Ate 5 servings of veggies
Met protein consumption goal
Took vitamins or medications
New pair of contact lenses
Home and family habits to tack
Cleaned your house (or a specific room)
Changed air filters
Changed oil in car
Folded and put away laundry
Called parents, grandparents, a friend, or other family member
Backed up computer
Changed cat litter
Gave pet medication (flea meds, heart worm, etc.)
Did homework (you or your children)
Studied (you or your children)
Gathered eggs (I know lots of folks with chickens!)
Picked veggies from garden
Fertilized garden, flowers, lawn, etc.
Blew off leaves, swept, or raked
Cleaned window screens
Financial/work goals and habits to track
Met savings goal
Got to work on time
Left work on time
Social media and habits for bloggers to track
Posted to Instagram
Posted to Facebook
Posted to Twitter
Posted to YouTube
Posted to whatever other social media platforms you use
Posted on blog
Worked on post drafts
Sent email newsletter
Sent blogger outreach emails
Did keyword research
Checked for broken links
Responded to emails
Took photos or videos for a post
Created new Pin images for old posts
Filed quarterly self/employment taxes
Free printable habit trackers
Here’s what you’ve been waiting for – your free habit tracker printables!
This page will be updated as I create more free habit tracker printables in the future, so make sure to Pin it and check back in the future to see if there’s anything new!
These images are just low resolution previews, not the printable PDFs. Please keep reading for the download information!
You can print out the pages, punch them, and insert them in your planner or you can print, cut, and tape or glue them on a page. (Of course, you can also print on sticker paper or use a sticker maker!)
There’s a circular habit tracker for four habits with a small mandala to color in the center.
Here’s another circular habit tracker with a mandala to color. Because there’s no spot in the circle to write what you’re tracking, there are bubbles to fill in so you can color code your tracker (for example, you might use blue in one ring to track water, purple for getting to bed on time, etc.). This version is available with both 30 and 31 days!
This page has three mini trackers for months with 30 days. These are great for tracking daily things each week like flossing, getting to bed on time, and workout goals.
These little guys also work great as stickers! If you don’t have sticker paper, that’s fine – cut them out and glue then in place or leave a little margin and tape them down with some cute washi!
This version is the mini tracker for 31 day months.
These floral mandala habit trackers are so much fun! Each flower has 31 segments you can color (counting the center). Label each mandala then color in the petals as you meet your goals!
Tip: Instead of tracking four habits in one month with this page, you could also track the same habit over multiple months to see your progress!
If flowers and mandalas aren’t your thing, these circular habit trackers with 31 days may be more your style! They’re simple and to the point.
For tracking a single habit, or your moods, all year long there’s this 365 day tracker! (It would also work well as a period tracker.)
If you have lots of habits to track, then you’ll appreciate this monthly tracker with plenty of space to write in habits and tasks!
This monthly checklist tracker is perfect for things like pet medication, changing air filters, getting a manicure, paying bills, and anything else you do periodically. If it’s something you need to do twice a month (like put in a new pair of contacts), you can simply write it down twice.
I couldn’t resist making a version of the monthly checklist it with a splash of color, too!
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How to resize letter printables for MAMBI Happy Planner
To resize a normal letter sized page for a Classic Happy Planner, print at 84%.
To resize a letter sized printable for the Mini, print at 67%.
I don’t have one to confirm this, but word on the Internet is that you can resize letter printables for the Erin Condren Life Planner by printing at 84%.
I absolutely love making printables! I have a debt tracker printables post in the works, and I’m planning to offer more planner and organization printables soon! If you have any requests, please leave a comment and let me know!
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