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How | a Habits Tracker | changed my life & Giveaway

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Posted on June 20 2017

Ella Iconic Blog | How habits tracking changed my life

Since opening Ella Iconic I have been somewhat neglecting a particular part of my life.

Running a business, especially a start up takes time, effort, dedication and tons of work. All you entrepreneurs and girl bosses, you will know exactly what I mean! Simply put, I have let it to completely take over my life. Partly due to the amount of work I have to do on a daily basis, partly down to the fact that I just simply adore what I do.

It is ironic since I created the CEO OF MY OWN LIFE® planner exactly for the opposite purpose! I wanted to be in control and organised in every area of my life, - but I am only human and learning as I go just like everyone else. 

At the start of 2017, I completed "My Master Plan" section in my daily 2017 CEO OF MY OWN LIFE® planner and under "Health & Fitness" I wrote down:

"Time to get to grips with my fitness regime | get fit & healthy."

My ultimate goal is to ensure that fitness becomes a regular part of my life. Working out does not come naturally to me, not something I crave at the end of the day (at least not yet!). This means I need to plan and push myself. I was pretty good at this fitness thing a couple of years back but then it sort of faded away and I really want it back in my life. I love the feeling of being in control, the energy it gives me and knowing that I am taking care of my body and soul. 

While I really tried to schedule gym sessions in my planner, sadly most of the items in this section I just ignored. Finding an excuse to reschedule a workout was only too easy to come up with. So I have made a decision to make a change to my planning routine by introducing - intentional habits tracking.

Ella Iconic Blog | How habits tracking changed my life

BENEFITS OF A HABITS TRACKER

Since I have received samples of the new weekly and undated CEO OF MY OWN LIFE ® planner, I have switched my daily for weekly, - not only to test it as a product but also due to the fact that weekly editions are filled with lots of new and exciting planning tools, habits tracker being one of them. Yay!

Ella Iconic Blog | How habits tracking changed my life

I have decided to use the habits tracker to monitor my progress and as a motivational tool as well. All I can say it has changed my life! I am nearly a couple months in and this is what I love about it:

  • It keeps me accountable
  • I feel motivated by seeing more and more shaded boxes (more on that below)
  • My fitness is improving as I am really pushing myself to ensure I stick to at least a couple of my goal reaching steps every single day.

 

In my new planner I filled in one of the "Habits Themes": Get My Fitness Back on Track.

I have written down the steps I need to take to reach my fitness goals and every evening I sit down and evaluate my progress. I shade a box in if I had a workout, stuck to my eating plan etc. and leave it blank if I have not. I know a lot of people use bullet journalling for this, but I like that I don't have to draw boxes each month as the planner has them already.

Since using the habits tracker for my fitness and seeing the benefit of it, I have introduced it to other areas of my life, - such as:

- Personal Growth, where I track my meditating, relaxing and writing schedule. 

- Business Growth, - where I keep an eye on social media posts, blogs and other business related items. 

WHAT HAVE I LEARNED?

I can be successful at reaching my goals if I am committed, focus on it daily and am completely honest with myself. But this I mean, if my workout was really below par, I would only shade in half a box, - so I know I have done something, but also as a reminder that my next session needs a bit of a push.

I am overjoyed that such a small change in my planning behaviour is having such a positive effect on my well being and life in general. 

Since starting my fitness journey, I am already noticing my energy levels souring, I am having 'me' time which is good for the soul and I am feeling back in control. 

It is said that if you do something for 30 days it can become a habit, - do I feel like I am there? If honestly, no. I still need to push myself but I know I can get there in time. For now I will continue to use the habits tracker as I find it as a great motivational tool and it keeps me on the right track.

How about you? Do you use habits trackers? How have you found it? I would love to hear from you and hear your stories.

Now, with all of that in mind, let's jump to the fun part:

Ella Iconic Blog | How habits tracking changed my life

I am super excited to announce that we will be running a giveaway of TWO of our new weekly CEO OF MY OWN LIFE® planners, so you can give habit tracking a go! For you and your bestie!

To learn more about the new weekly and undated CEO OF MY OWN LIFE® planner, you can read all about it (here).

To enter the GIVEAWAY:

1. Comment on this post which editions you would like to receive (black or tan or both of the same colour). Add your Instagram profile name.

2. Follow us on Instagram (here) and Facebook (here).

3. Like and tag a friend in our latest Instagram pic (the one below):

Ella Iconic Blog | How habits tracking changed my life

The giveaway will run from 20th June 2017 - 25th June 2017 and we will announce the winner on Instagram.

Thank you for reading, all the best and good luck!

With Love,

Rugile 

(Ella Iconic CEO) 

29 comments

  • Laura: June 26, 2017

    Ahhhh i forgot my insta Name yesterday Sorry : it’s filolauli ❤️❤️

  • Amelia Hopkins: June 25, 2017

    The weekly planner looks awesome. I would love the black. My instagram is nails_by_amelia_banbury. It would certainly help balance my work and family life.

  • Laura: June 25, 2017

    I would Really Love to win the Black one ? Thank you so much For this Chance.

  • Virginia: June 25, 2017

    Such beautiful planners- and a fab idea to stay organised, stay on track of goals and keep on top of good habits. I love the planners in black. My instagram is @virginialouisem Xx

  • Clare : June 25, 2017

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway! I couldn’t decide between either colour so would have to be one of each!

  • Selina: June 25, 2017

    Oh – and i would love to have it in black if i win!

  • Selina: June 25, 2017

    Wow, what a nice giveaway! ? That would really help me in my everyday life.
    My instagram name is @Selinahoyer

  • Lilian : June 25, 2017

    I would love a habit tracker to gain control of my life again, and get back on track to running a half marathon with my sister! Both Black and Tan are equally as beautiful ? My Instagram name is : @liliqua

  • Leila Benhamida: June 25, 2017

    Fantastic idea. I will personally will love to choose the Tan editions

  • Molly: June 24, 2017

    I love these – habit tracking sounds like it would be so useful and they’re such gorgeous planners! Would love to receive the black ones! My instagram is @vaiyel
    Good luck to everyone!

  • Lea: June 24, 2017

    It would be so great to win this habit tracker – love the idea! If I am lucky enough to win, I would like the black one ☺️??
    My instagram name is @leahorsholt

  • Charlotte : June 24, 2017

    It can be very interesting to discover all my good and bad habits I’m not aware of! I’d like the tan ones. My Instagram is @charlottepierret ! Thank you for this amazing giveaway!

  • Grace: June 23, 2017

    Love your planners and my amazing entrepreneur bestie would be a TOTAL convert! Habit tracker sounds like just what I need! Insta = @glh46 and would love one of each of we’re lucky enough!! ❤️

  • Abi Browning: June 22, 2017

    These are beautiful and just what I need to get me life back on track and get me back to me! My Instagram in @rocksfireroses
    I love both colours and if I had to choose one I would say Tan! ;) ?

  • Yael Schlesinger : June 22, 2017

    This is my dream planner! Specially now, one year after my son was born and I am desperately trying to get my life back in track. I would LOVE having them both in black. I’m yael.schlesinger in the insta world ?

  • Elizabeth Jacob: June 22, 2017

    My IG handle is @libbyjacob123 Enter me in the giveaway. I would love to get both planners in TAN

  • Yolanda: June 21, 2017

    My IG handle is @yolisgarcia14 Great post on habit tracking! Enter me in the giveaway. I would love to get both planners in TAN

  • Yolanda: June 21, 2017

    My IG handle is @yolisgarcia14 Great post on habit tracking! Enter me in the giveaway. I would love to get both planners in TAN

  • Elizabeth Dyer: June 21, 2017

    Love the habit tracker concept. Your products are so beautiful as well as super useful. It would help my fitness goals for sure! I would love either colour! My insta is @ElizabethADyer. Stay awesome ? xx

  • Felicity: June 21, 2017

    Would love a planner to keep my busy life on track!! Both colours are equally as beautiful @felicity_macdonald

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