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Habit tracking | TOTUM hacks

According to rumours, students live on a diet of instant noodles, spend all day in bed and all night at bars. This may be a slight exaggeration, but, we probably don’t have the healthiest habits - here’s my guide to get out of that post-freshers’ slump...

Track your change

Maintaining healthy habits while keeping up with studies and your social life is definitely not impossible. However, try to be realistic with your goals; are you really going to prepare yourself a healthy breakfast and then head to the gym before your 9am lecture? Set goals that you can achieve on a regular basis in order to make something a habit. Even a simple change, like eating a healthy breakfast every day, can make a big difference!

It’s helpful to have a way to track your progress; it can be tough to keep up a habit when you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere. You could use a regular calendar or diary for this. Alternatively, you could use a bullet journal to set up a personalised spread, specific to your needs. Not only will this allow you to keep track of your progess, it can also motivate you to keep up your streak.

If setting up your own tracker sounds like too much work, I’ve created one that you can use to track up to four habits at once.

Look long-term

When setting a new habit, consider what your long-term goals are - you’re much more likely to keep motivated if you have something to work towards. If you’re new habit is to work out three times a week then you could set a goal to lift a certain weight or run a certain distance.

You could even set up smaller goals along the way to break down the bigger challenge into smaller tasks. This gives you regular achievements and ultimately keeps you motivated!

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Take a break

Saying all this, you shouldn’t beat yourself up too much if you skip a day or two. - after all, it’s okay to just enjoy yourself sometimes instead of obsessively sticking to a routine. By tracking your progress, you’ll be more aware of when it’s okay to take a day off and when you should carry on - even if you don’t feel like it.

The key to making something a habit is consistency. You’re much more likely to maintain a lifestyle change if it is naturally incorporated into your daily routine.

And remember, making just one small but positive change can make a big positive difference!