You want to track. You intend to track. But, what do you track?
Don’t say everything. Unless you’re already tracking close to everything, everything might be too much. Since tracking helps you focus your attention and energy on changing behavior and habits, consider what you want to change. Then track that.
You could track…
Your steps: If your goal is to get more steps, then tracking the number of steps you get each day is important. If you don’t know how many you did yesterday, then how will you know you got more steps in today unless you track it. Check out how 100 more steps add up.
10 minutes of activity: If your goal is to move more, you could track your time in 10 minutes blocks of physical activity. A walk around the block for your morning break could be one check-mark. Vacuuming the house could be another couple of marks. Walking the dog, yet another. Soon you’ll want to mark off one more block then you did yesterday, or you’ll make the effort to get at least one in today. Change it up.
Your servings of fruits & veggies: If your goal is to eat 5 or more servings of fruits & vegetables each day, then give yourself a gold star for every serving. Soon you might be planning your weekly menu around your veggies to ensure you get your gold stars. Increase your plant slant.
Your water: If you’re trying to make water your go-to beverage choice, tracking the number of glasses or ounces you grab each day can help. Celebrate and mark each time you choose water over soda. Drink up.
Your TV time: Your tracking goal doesn’t just have to be about increasing the better choices. Sometimes tracking can help you decrease behaviors that you want to change. With a goal of no more than two hours of recreational screen time each day, you could track your TV time to identify your baseline watching and then make changes from there. Remember, I may have written TV, but this could include your computer, smartphone, and tablets too. What’s in your day that shouldn’t be?
Your emotions, feelings, level of satisfaction, or stress: Tracking creates awareness about choices, situations, and behaviors. If you track your emotions or stress level before you eat, you could identify a trend that when you feel bored, you reach for crunchy snacks. After certain situations, you note that you’re feeling extremely stressed, and you go for chocolate. If you track your satisfaction level during meals, you may find that you stop eating when you feel comfortable and not waiting until you feel full. Make each day delicious.