When you are trying to get your time in on a treadmill, a journal can be a useful tool. A treadmill journal will keep track, very simply, of the days you were on the treadmill, as well as other modifying factors such as speed, time and distance.
Treadmill journals provide some accountability towards what might become a tedious habit building routine.
Applying Treadmill Journals To Other Habits
This concept can be applied to other habits as well.
Decide on a habit, and then decide on what areas to track. It could be duration, frequency, pace, distance, or any other measurable metric.
Next decide how you will track the items.
Sample Treadmill Journals
For a habit of walking daily, I want to track that I have done it, as well as how long. Distance doesn’t matter to me, nor speed. I can do this on a monthly calendar, marking the time on the days that I walk.
For a habit of reading a book for a club, I want to track that I have done the reading, as well as the comments I want to send out every day. For this, a monthly calendar with check marks that the task has been done will suffice.
For a habit of maintaining the garden (because doing a little weeding often is easier than waiting for the weeds to be shoulder high), I want to weed at least three times a week, and pull at least one bucket of weeds per session. I want to track the impact of weed pulling on the garden as well, so I keep this in a small notebook with my gardening tools.
Why Treadmill Journals Are Effective
This type of tracking works on two important fronts:
- The journal allows you to see your progress, and also where you have fallen down. Sometimes not wanting to break a string of “victories” is enough to get you to act.
- The act of creating the journal can add some interest to an otherwise boring activity.
Do you use a treadmill journal? What do you track? Share below.
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