Tracking Habits

Trackers like Strava tell you where you stand with respect to your physical exercises like jogging, running, swimminng, Cycling and so on. The the way the app tracks your movements gives you a visual measure. Measurements like this offers a way to overcome our blindness to our own behaviour and notice whats really going on each day. They give you a sense of progress. Small streaks on Strava gives us immense sense of satisfaction. That single notion of progress is itself very satisfying. Habit tracking provides visual proof of your hard work — a subtle reiminder of how far you have come. It also talks a lot about your identity.

Habit tracking are important because they create a visual cue that can remind you to act, and they give you a sense of progress and finally it feels satisfying. How about times when you don’t feel like doing something? In those times, its better to at least show up! Don’t put up a zero. If you are in the habit of doing 10 push ups, do at least 3 when you are not in mood. Do something! It shows that you are the type of person who doesn’t miss workouts. So this quality directly is reinforced with who you are, it reaffirms your identity.

However, tracking can become a bane if you are just going to record an activity just for the sake of tracking. Charles Goodhart stated that “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure”.





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