Month 1 Habit Tracking

Its somehow the end of August already. Does anyone know how that happened? It seemed like it would never get here, as I was so anxious to start using my new planner, and now it’s over. Weird how that works!

First time in my life using a habit tracker and here’s what I have to say about it:

1) It is really encouraging to look at the month as a whole and see how often you do something. Normally when I’m on a streak of something (exercise or my language app), the first missed day completely ruins my momentum! With the habit tracker, you have a visual reminder that, although you missed one day, you’re still killing it this month.

2) I was adding things throughout the month. When I saw how it impacted my daily behaviors, I realized just how much I could use this for. I can keep track of my social media use (Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr were the ones I focused on), it was also a reminder to check in daily with groups that I’m supposed to be active in. The habit tracker really helped keep me in line!

3) It is shockingly motivating to check off the little boxes. I got really excited to be able to say that I exercised, or did my yoga, etc. I came up with individual ways to mark each item too, which added to my fun.

4) The habit tracker helps you not feel so bad about the things you’re not getting done. Obviously you have to prioritize what is most important to you, and I need to rearrange my priorities a bit based on how my month went. By looking at a single day though, you’re able to see that you may not have accomplished one thing, but you still see how much you did. It’s very motivating!

I am very glad I started this habit tracker and am looking forward to how it evolves over the next year. I have a really good feeling about it!

Reading Log Progress

Are there any avid readers among us? I am a fanatic when it comes to books. All kinds! Romance, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, etc. I’ve yet to find a genre that I can’t enjoy at least a little. I do of course have my favorite genres and authors, but all books deserve to be appreciated!

Last year, another reader friend of mine from Romania (ah the wonders of the internet era), was flabbergasted that I would reread old books when there were at least six series that I HAD to read. So late last year I promised her that I would not reread a single book this year. Everything would be a first time read.

Here we are, the end of August and I have read 78 new books so far. Not all have been full length novels, some are short novellas. Cassandra Clare is releasing a series of Shadowhunter novellas this year, leading up to Queen of Air and Darkness this November, and I love me some Clare!

My reading log notebook

I’ve always known myself to be a quick reader, jumping all in with a story, but seeing it laid out like this I can’t help but be amazed at myself. That’s a lot of freaking books!

I’ve discovered new authors, new worlds, and new fandoms. It’s a beautiful thing to fall in love with a world and then connect with others who love it as much as you do.

Do you keep track of the books you read? Set goals for yourself? This is my first year giving myself a guideline of any kind for reading, and I’m enjoying it immensely!

Some of my favorite books/series that I’ve reviewed here:

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Bloodlines

Caught Up

Vampire Academy

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Fault in Our Stars

The Mortal Instruments

The Infernal Devices

In Death Saga

Lords of the Underworld

And shockingly, I haven’t reviewed any of the series I’ve read this year! The world of reading is deep and wide, dive in!

Another year begins

Another school year is off to a great start. The kids have completed their first full week back. That in itself is weird, as normally they have a short first week, but not this year!

I can only be grateful that activities haven’t started yet! I’m on a new shift, 4am to 1pm, instead of third shift. It’s been an adjustment because I’m not getting them up or ready anymore. My husband now gets them up, and they put themselves on the bus, with my brother as a backup.

The new school year, new shift at work, and a new routine for myself. I’m trying anyway…. I bought myself a planner, one that includes a habit tracker. The planner kicked off at the start of August and it’s interesting looking at my month so far. I see where I’m succeeding, where I’m failing.

It’s not easy to start a new habit. Even with a few days of maintaining, one day missed and it’s easy to feel defeated. The habit tracker is making it easier to see not just one missed day, but how many days I’ve made it.

So far I don’t have any days with every box checked off, but maybe soon….

I never do well with new years resolutions, but maybe an August start will help me out. How do you do with resolutions? Do you start at new years? Or do you make a decision and start from there?

My beautiful new planner