My goal for March was to keep all seven habits at 80% consistency. This would be the third consecutive month with all habits in the green – an important milestone, because it feels like a sensible benchmark for establishing a habit.
I also added a 10K steps habit in March. As with the other habits I’ve built, I’m starting slow. I don’t have a consistency goal. Instead, I want to establish a baseline percentage I can improve upon.
Here’s how I did:
I couldn’t have asked for more. Everything at 80% or over – and with a fair amount of comfort for most of them. They are all easy to keep up now. Most of the misses are a rare slip of attention, with a few intentionally planned.
I’m also really pleased with the 68% consistency for 10K steps – a strong baseline. As I expected, I didn’t find it easy. I struggled to fit them in for the first week or so. But, after a while I started to organise myself better and the second half of the month was much stronger than the first half. I didn’t appreciate my biggest challenge would be the weather. March has been miserable in the UK – lots of wind and rain!
Here is a picture of my last 3 months:
And here is my progress since Feb, 2022:
It’s an amazing place to be. Seven foundational health habits that I find easy to achieve over 80% of the time. Going forward, anything less is unacceptable. These are habits I will track and maintain at 80% consistency for life.
So, what does April bring?
I’m on holiday for the first three weeks of April (West Coast, US!). So, I’ll repeat what I did on holiday in August last year – no goals or expectations for any habits. That said, I will focus and track three habits that I want to do my best to keep at a good level – 3L water, 6.5 hours sleep and 10K steps. It shouldn’t take much to keep these at a good level whilst on holiday. They will also help me stay connected to healthy habits and feeling good.
When I get back from holiday, I’ll resume tracking all habits again for the last ten or so days of April. The aim will be to get back on track with a good level of consistency for all seven habits – even if I have no consistency goal for the month. And then, May is when it all starts again. My goals will be the same as March – all seven habits at 80% and an improvement on 10K steps (closer to 80%, perhaps even get into the green).
See you next month! 🙂
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