Habit Tracking February

Habit Tracking February

This post is to document the tracking of my habits for the month of February 2020 according to my habit tracking system.

Here the overview of how I tracked against the habits I aimed to follow this month:

  • Exercise and Stretching: Similarly to January, I was again able to exercise quite regularly. This included both running and playing RingFit. However, I found that I still became very stiff when exercising a few days in a row. I also got back pain which I attribute to my scooter - which does not have suspension and solid rubber wheels and which I have been driving quite extensively to get to and from work. I got my back checked out and in an x-ray they found some mild form of osteoarthritis. My doctor told me there is no cure for this but I suspect that exercise and stretching may help control the condition. I will need to find out in the next few months what exercises to do for this.
  • Emails: I managed to stay on top of my inbox quite well throughout the month.
  • Meditation: While I was getting back into meditation at the end of January, I didn't follow through with this in February.

Overall I think I need a effective system to help my stick to my habits. Interestingly, I believed I successfully adopted a new habit all without the help of my fancy paper and pen tracking system. Namely I went to the dentist and as usual got a telling off for not using an electric toothbrush and not flossing. This time I went straight to JB Hifi and bought an electric toothbrush and started flossing, which I did every day since. I wonder what made it easy for me to adopt this habit, yet I haven't succeeded with any of the other habits, I struggle to follow for the previous eight months.

One element might be habit chaining. Before I go to bed (and after I wake up), I brush my teeth, and after brushing my teeth (in the evening), I floss. It is also very clear what needs to be done. Whereas for my other habits, I often have different options; what exercise do I want to do; what meditation will I do. Maybe I should strive to reduce variability here and follow the exact same pattern every day. For instance, mediate right after I wake up, then exercise, then check my email and then practice touch typing; finally apply upright go before I go to work. Let's see how I go.

I also continued my journey to having all my quotes organised. I got all the quotes into a database but now work on how I can easily view and edit these; specifically assigning tags to the quotes I have imported from Kindle.