I’m often asked What’s the Quickest and Easiest Way to Clear, Smooth, and Even Skin? You are in for a great treat today my friends!

Hi there, Esther The Esthetician here

The only thing that keeps most people from achieving their skincare goals is inconsistency. Stay tuned until the end of this article for access to a free customizable resource that will help you form better habits and become more productive in all areas of your life.

Let’s talk about one of my favorite tools when I want to be more productive in a certain area of my life… I use this tool to help me lose weight, exercise, work on my relationship with my creator, clear my skin, eat healthier, and so much more!

Introducing…

The Ultimate Habit Tracker Guide: Why and How to Track Your Habits

Habit formation is not something that just happens overnight… The number one thing you need to know is that it is a long-race game. Whether it’s abs, clear skin, or a closer relationship with your creator… It often takes time for the desired results to appear. While you are staying consistent and waiting patiently for the long-term rewards of your efforts to snowball, you need a reason to stick with it. What you really need to know almost immediately is, “Am I on the right path?” “Is it time for me to start switching things up a bit?” In other words, you need constructive feedback. Useful feedback you can use to help you makes appropriate changes as you see fit.

And this is where a habit tracker can help.

If one approach doesn’t deliver, then I adjust and try a different approach.

We all know the saying If at first, you don’t succeed… Try and try again until you succeed!

To make this process as easy as possible, I created the Ultimate E-Habit Tracker Journal(did I mention it’s completely FREE!), which includes a 12-month habit tracker template broken down into 4 quarters — I created it using Google Sheets to make it customizable and reusable. All you have to do is add your habit and start crossing off the days. If you prefer a printable version I’ve got you covered my friend.

Placing an X on each day is the classic look. I prefer something a little more design-oriented, so I decided to include fun colors and fonts to make it more appealing to my eyes. You are free to use it as-is or jazz-up your copy up to make it your own (more personalized). Click Here to Access Your Habit Tracker Today. You could also use checkmarks, shade the entire box with your favorite color, or fill your habit tracker with dots.

The best part is the reward! Remember to reward yourself to help you stay consistent.

Click the link below to Download your free, customizable, reusable habit tracker today!

♥ HABIT TRACKER/ SELF CARE CALENDAR

No matter what design you decide to go with… the most important thing is your habit tracker provides immediate evidence that you’re making progress toward your ultimate snowball goal(s).

Habit tracking is powerful for three reasons:

  1. Creates a visual cue to remind you to take action
  2. If you are as competitive as I am… You will want to remain consistent to avoid breaking your consistent streak”
  3. It creates an instant feel-good moment when I get to check something off my list. Even if it was just “Get out of bed within 5 seconds of your alarm going off.

 

IDEAS OF HABITS TO TRACK 

The list below came from the book Atomic Habit by James Clear – It’s a MUST-READ! – I also added some of my own in there… I will continue to add more when I can…

Common daily habits to track:

  • Cleanse my skin in the morning
  • Moisturize my skin in the morning
  • Apply my broad-spectrum sunscreen ( SPF 30-45)
  • Cleanse my skin in the evening before bed
  • Moisturize my skin in the evening before bed
  • No phone in bed
  • journal 1 sentence
  • read 1 page
  • meditate 1 minute
  • do 1 push up
  • stretch for 1 minute
  • write 1 thing I’m grateful for
  • make your bed
  • wake up by [TIME]
  • go to bed by [TIME]
  • take a shower
  • floss teeth
  • weigh myself
  • take medication
  • take vitamins/supplements
  • play [INSTRUMENT] for 1 minute
  • contact 1 potential client
  • prioritize to-do list
  • say “I love you” at least once
  • put all dishes put away
  • take a walk outside
  • call mom
  • walk the dog

Notice that most items on this list can be completed in two minutes or less. Make your habits so easy that you can stick to them even on the hard days.

For something to become truly habitual, you need to repeat it regularly & consistently.

 

Common weekly habits to track:

  • Do my mini spa day at-home routine
    • Skincare routine
    • Hair care routine
    • Nail care routine
    • Body Care Routine
      • Complete a full-body dry brush session to help with exfoliating dead skin cells
  • Plan my upcoming week
  • Go grocery shopping
  • Meal prep
  • Prep my clothes for the week
  • Send a New Week, New Guide Email to all inside my VIP E-mail community
  • vacuum
  • take out trash/recycling
  • do the laundry
  • water the plants
  • tidy up your bedroom
  • write a thank you note

Monthly habits:

  • review finances
  • Budget for the upcoming month
  • transfer 10% of the money I earned this week into my savings account
  • pay off credit cards
  • pay bills
  • deep clean the house
  • Clear Email Inbox

Other ideas:

  • days spent traveling
  • conduct weekly review
  • conduct monthly review

Habits of avoidance:

  • Missing a workout/habit 2x in a row
  • no alcohol
  • no Netflix
  • no online purchases
  • no soda
  • no sugar
  • no caffeine
  • no smoking

Again, the Virtual Habit Tracker offers a proven template and the fastest way to create your habit tracker. No need to spend an hour drawing your own grid. Use my ready-to-use template, write your habits down, keep them in a highly visible space, and check them off as you complete them.

How to Get into the Habit of Using Your Habit Tracker

What can we do to make habit tracking easier? Make a plan: After I finish meditating, I will fill in the “meditate for 1 minute” column by placing an X inside the box for that day. It really is that easy!

How to Recover Quickly When Your Habits Break Down

Falling off the bandwagon can happen to the best of us! The key is to hop back on as quickly as possible. “If I miss one day, I will try my best to get back into the swing of things as quickly as possible. Missing one habit happens, but I’m not going to miss two in a row. Maybe I’ll eat an entire pizza, but I’ll follow it up with a healthy meal. As soon as one streak ends, I get started on the next one. I can’t be perfect, but I can avoid the second mistake.” THE MOST IMPORTANT IS TO NEVER MISS TWICE

 

How Long Do I Need to Track My Habits?

We’ve all heard the saying “It takes 21 days to form a new habit” … I’m here to tell you that according to recent studies… That’s not always the case. Have you ever heard of someone that woke up one day and decided ” I’m going to stop (smoking/drinking) today” and they never did that thing again?  In the word of King Ashly Ann (On Instagram)…

“To make a long story long” You’ll see all kinds of answers: 1 day, 3 days, 7 days, 14 days, 21 days, 30 days, 31 days, 60 days, 66 days,  90 days, 100+ days… The list could go on for days!

 

It often depends on how attached you are to certain things and/or how difficult the habit appears. Ultimately, only you know the answer. My rule of thumb is to keep doing it until it becomes a habit for you.


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I make make-up Optional. I help my clients see how beautiful they are from the inside-out. Using my pair of magical wands, I heal acne scars and build self- esteem.

For some, problematic skin can hinder them from the dream, career, or relationships they desire

My goal is to help black/brown skin women know that they can rise above acne scars and have glowing healthy skin after all

Bringing the results of a med spa paired with the relaxing atmosphere of a day spa.

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I’m a Certified Skin Care Specialist, licensed aesthetician, and nail technician. My journey to becoming a beauty expert goes back to 2010 with my own personal struggle with acne.

It is through my work learning how to first improve my own skincare, and then my passion to bring this knowledge to others, that I came to truly understand this guiding principle:

Beauty is a state of mind as much as a physical way of being...

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