Slight Edge tracking chart
Here is my slight edge tracking chart which was suggested by Art Jonak and is based on a concept talked about by Jeff Olson in his book "The Slight Edge". You can click the image to down load a PDF of a blank chart. The idea is that you pick up to 5 goals. You could do more, but the important thing is to make it manageable and something you are actually likely to do. This technique is designed to help you break an old unhelpful habit and replace it with a new more empowering habit, so it is going to be difficult to stick to this to start with.
You start day one and if you have done ALL the tasks on your list, then you can mark the box on the green side of the chart. If you fail to do ALL the tasks then you mark day one on the red side of the chart. Then on day two if you DID all the tasks you mark a box one UP from the last box and if you failed then you mark the box in the day 2 column DOWN from the day one mark.... You can now see why you need to keep the tasks manageable and achievable. The idea of course is to finish the month in the green side of the chart, which then tells you that you have more often done the tasks than not. As you can see from my graph, I was doing pretty well up to the point when Christmas kicked in, and then suddenly getting up early became a bit of a problem, and then between Christmas and New Year I got back into the good habits, to make up for my dip on the previous few days. It worked GREAT as an incentive to try to get back up above the centreline for the month. Although as you can see there were not enough days left in the month to make it all the way! January didn't start of quite as well as December, but I am currently +5 on the month and pretty determined to keep climbing...
Other tools I use to help me stay on track
- www.qualitytimeapp.com (
effectively turns my smartphone dumb at certain times of the day and when I choose)
- www.inboxpause.com (sets my emails to arrive at set intervals)
- www.rescuetime.com (logs what I am doing and allows me to turn off certain websites on my laptop when I choose with a paid account)
- http://7minuteworkout.jnj.com (7 minute workout to help you start getting fit)
- www.spotify.com (to help you put together a feel good music playlist)
Other useful tools I use every day:
- www.lastpass.com (so I don't have to remember all my passwords)