“A key idea behind habit tracking is to use the week’s rhythm. Thus, 28 days, not 30 days, should be the tracking period for each habit.”
Many authors and behavior change ‘experts’ offer various ideas about habit development.
Unfortunately, many are misleading. One such idea is that habit tracking is optional when it comes to habit development.
While it’s true that people develop habits without tracking them, those habits tend to be negative.
To develop good, positive habits, science has proven that tracking behaviors tends to be very beneficial.
Tracking habits not only reinforces the habit itself, it also fosters an ancillary habit; discipline.
“Good habits happen when planned; bad habits happen on their own.”
With The Habit Factor’s P.A.R.R. methodology habit tracking is required. In fact, the method demands you identify specific parameters and targets for each habit during each successive 28 day tracking period.
When you track the intended habit, you not only affirm the behavior, you reinforce your intention to develop the habit.
Some habit experts offer ideas like mini-habits, two-minute habits, even habit-stacking and environmental-design habits.
Regardless of what the process is called, it’s the practice of tracking, ideally for 28 days that helps the behavior to become a habit.
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