Today's Mind-Bullet is about why habit tracking is beneficial. AGAIN.
After being interviewed for a habit-specific podcast recently, the host was left a bit befuddled as MG challenged much of what the host was told were "best practices" around habit development.
At one point, the host mentioned that a habit expert and behavioral scientist had insisted that habit tracking was not a requirement or even a recommended practice, and that habit-tracking apps didn't work.
The truth is, people do not need to track habits in order to develop them. Unfortunately, people forge habits all the time unintentionally, and regrettably, they are habits that do not serve their goals.
It's worth considering that if habit-tracking apps didn't work so well, why would there be so many of them? And, nearly all of them have entered the app marketplace after The Habit Factor was introduced more than a decade ago.
Further, some of the most-cited habit studies—for instance, the European Journal of Social Psychology, which concluded that on average, habit development takes 66 days—utilized habit tracking with their participants.
Another terrific example of habit tracking can be traced all the way back to our great founding father, Benjamin Franklin.
Ben intuitively recognized that in order to cultivate the 13 virtues he desired to possess as an older man, he needed to track them. Benjamin Franklin then devised a strategy to track one habit (virtue) a week for 13 weeks, and rotate through his list of 13, four times a year.
So, you may be wondering, "How did that work out for Ben?"
Well, as he remarked in his autobiography, it (habit tracking) may have added the greatest value to his life, and that, "he was a better person for the effort." Further, he encouraged his readers to follow his habit-tracking example, saying, "I hope therefore that my descendants will follow the example and reap the benefit."
That's right! Benjamin Franklin wants you to track your habits!
If you're thinking, "Ben didn't track habits, he tracked virtues," you need only understand that habit is the means—a pathway—to virtue, according to Aristotle, that is.
So, when it comes to intentional habit development, put your unique human capacities of choice, intention and reflection to work and follow the P.A.R.R. method of habit development.
Be like Ben! Enjoy the episode!
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