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100 Helpful Habits To Track + Free Printable Habit Tracker

It’s no secret that habits form the foundation of our lives. Whether good or bad, habits influence our daily routines and shape our long-term outcomes over time. Habits have the potential to make us more productive, healthier, and happier.

That’s why keeping track of our habits can be a total game-changer. In this guide, you will learn about the importance of habit tracking, and the types of habit trackers, plus a list of habits to track to help you get inspired.

Plus I have a free printable habit tracker to help you get started with new small habits.

Habit tracking has been an important process in my own life for many years, to keep me accountable and celebrate small joys in life and wins in my personal and business life. There is something so satisfying about completing new habit streaks on your monthly habit trackers!

The Importance Of Habit Tracking

Bullet journal, habit tracker. Female hand notes in habits tracker. Woman cross off day with routine in her habit tracker. Selective focus.

According to research, it can take anywhere between 18 to 254 days to form a new habit, depending on the habit you are trying to build and the individual, with 66 days being the average time for a habit to become automatic.

Habit tracking is a simple yet powerful way to track your daily actions and be mindful of the choices you make. It’s also the perfect way to stay motivated when trying to build a long-term habit.

It helps you identify patterns, understand your moods, and see your progress over time.

Habit tracking can also help you change behaviour, increase self-awareness, and simply help you move closer to living the life you want!

When you track your habits, you gain a clearer understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable for your actions.

And it’s not just the good habits you need to focus on… sometimes tracking those bad habits can be an effective way of making changes in your life and understanding your patterns better. But the positive habits are more fun to track!

What Type Of Habits Should I Track?

The best habits to track are the tiny habits that bring you closer to living the life you want to be living – aligning with your goals and a healthy lifestyle.

You can track daily habits that form part of the routine you are trying to form, creating a daily streak when you manage to complete your micro habits multiple days in a row.

You can also track daily tasks or habits that happen less often or more frequently than daily too, such as workouts or glasses of water you drink or how much money you make (for business owners), completed as part of your habit formation goal.

It can also look like the number of hours of sleep or daily mood, where you’re still keeping track of your habits but in a different format.

For more tips around goal setting, Atomic Habits by James Clear is an essential read and one of my personal favourite personal development books.

Types Of Habit Trackers: Which Is Best For You?

Free printable habit tracker circular.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to habit trackers.

Some people prefer to use their smartphones, an Apple watch, planners or bullet journals, while others like to use pre-made habit trackers or apps.

Some apps are designed to track specific habits, such as sleep or water intake, while others are more comprehensive and you can set them up to track the habits you want to track.

The best habit tracker is the one that works for you, whether it’s digital or paper-based.

For a digital habit tracker, look at options such as setting up a habit-tracking spreadsheet or using a free program such as Notion. Or try an app such as Habitify, which is available for both Apple iPhone or Android devices. You can also just use your phone notes app in a checklist format if simple is what works.

Take the time to explore different options and find the one that fits your lifestyle and habits the best.

How do I track my habits? While I do use both a traditional planner and ASANA to keep my personal and business life organised, my preferred system of habit tracking is paper-based. My favourite planner has space to track 5 daily habits each month. I have also created a few more specific habit trackers for other areas of my life, such as debt repayments and tracking my annual reading goal.

100 Habits to Track For A Better Life

Top view or flat lay of habit tracker book, white vintage alarm clock and succulent plant pot on blue background with copy space.

When it comes to choosing habits to track, the best options are those that align with your bigger goals and intentions.

Regardless of your goals right now, some habits can benefit almost anyone and this list of habit ideas will cover a combination of both types of habits.

The kind of habits you track can be healthy habits that support your mental health and physical health, habits that form part of your daily routine or small steps towards big goals.

Here are 100 habits to track for a better year and a happier life:

  1. Water intake
  2. Wake up early
  3. Meditation
  4. Daily journal writing
  5. A workout
  6. Going for a walk
  7. Reading
  8. Going to bed early
  9. Getting at least 7 hours sleep (or 8)
  10. Daily gratitude practice
  11. Daily fruit intake
  12. Daily vegetable intake
  13. No sugar
  14. No soda or sugary drinks
  15. Number of coffees
  16. Using dental floss
  17. Taking a shower
  18. No alcohol
  19. Screen-free time
  20. No purchases
  21. Deep breathing exercise
  22. Taking your daily medication
  23. Vitamins
  24. Brushing your teeth
  25. Engaging in hobbies
  26. Engaging in self-care
  27. No social media
  28. Listening to a podcast
  29. Reading a book
  30. Walking your dog
  31. Time with your pet
  32. Calling a family member
  33. Homework
  34. Study
  35. Bible reading
  36. Mood tracker
  37. Movies to watch
  38. TV series to watch
  39. Taking out the trash
  40. Posting to social media
  41. Complimenting someone
  42. A random act of kindness
  43. Laughing
  44. Cooking a meal
  45. Trying a new recipe
  46. Practicing mindfulness
  47. Doing the laundry
  48. Doing the dishes
  49. Sending a thank you note/email/text
  50. Learning something new
  51. Writing in your planner/calendar
  52. Stretching/yoga
  53. Going for a bike ride
  54. Taking a bath
  55. Decluttering a space
  56. Decluttering an item
  57. Applying skincare
  58. Washing your face before bed
  59. Applying body lotion or moisturiser
  60. Applying hand cream
  61. Checking in with a friend
  62. Saying no to something that doesn’t align with your values
  63. Trying a new workout/exercise routine
  64. Being intimate with your partner
  65. Kissing your partner
  66. Date night
  67. Cleaning the bathroom
  68. Cleaning the kitchen
  69. Cleaning your car
  70. Making your bed
  71. Volunteering or giving back to your community
  72. Washing your sheets
  73. Playing with your kids
  74. Taking out the trash
  75. Creating something new (craft, art, music, writing)
  76. Organising a space in your home
  77. Tracking your savings
  78. Tracking your debt
  79. Tracking mortgage repayments
  80. Vacation savings
  81. Social media growth
  82. Number of new YouTube videos made (or another platform)
  83. Number of steps
  84. Number of sales
  85. New products created (for small business)
  86. Using a daily affirmation
  87. Listening to music
  88. Dancing
  89. Practicing a new skill
  90. Applying a hair treatment
  91. Trying a new hairstyle
  92. Applying for new jobs
  93. Trying out a new restaurant or cuisine
  94. Eating a healthy breakfast
  95. Applying sunscreen
  96. Finishing your daily to-do list
  97. Completing a daily task goal
  98. Cooking a meal using existing ingredients from your fridge and pantry
  99. Water plants
  100. Reading a chapter of a book

Free Printable Habit Tracker

We know that tracking habits can seem daunting at first. That’s why using monthly or weekly habit trackers can be a really great way to keep you motivated and on track with your habit streaks.

This habit tracker will allow you the space to track up 6 habits on the one tracker for 30 days. It’s a simple habit-tracking wheel that is fun to use as you colour in the blocks to mark each day you’ve achieved your habit.

Free printable circular habit tracker.

Habit tracking is a fantastic tool for anyone who wants to create better habits and live better lives. Whether you prefer to use digital or paper tracking methods, habit tracking helps increase self-awareness, and it keeps you accountable for your actions.

Keep in mind that tracking your habits is an ongoing process, so don’t get discouraged if you miss a day or two – or several days in a row! Remember, small steps lead to big changes and you can get back on track at any time!

Which of these 100 habits to track will you track first? Or do you have some ideas of your own? I’d love to hear them!