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Habits and Tracking
I currently track my habits in a Leuchterm1917 dot-grid notebook, which is a favorite for many bullet journalers. It’s my favorite notebook so far. It’s got enough vertical dots to track a habit for a month on a single line (with the notebook turned 90 degrees). The pages don’t bleed with the Frixion pens I like (although there is a little ghosting), and the pages are pre-numbered. It also comes with three index pages in the front and a pocket in the back.
I’ve also tried the Markings by C.R. Gibson notebook (not enough dots vertically – only about 28), which I really liked otherwise until I realized the cover is made of leather (no judgment if you’re ok with that, but I’m struggling with being ok with it for me). The pages didn’t ghost or bleed, but it wasn’t great for habit tracking for me.
My first Bullet Journal was a Journal Books branded lined journal. I can’t find the specific version online (the site is https://www.journalbooks.com/), but I liked it as a non-habit-tracking journal.
Rocketbooks are awesome. Everyone who takes notes a lot should own at least one. They’re available in mini, executive, and letter size, and will soon be available in legal size as well. Read my article here about the Rocketbook.
I started using Frixion pens because of the Rocketbook (they’re the only pens that work with Rocketbooks), but I use them for almost everything now, including my bullet journal. Who wouldn’t want erasable pens? Mistakes happen, but now they can be erased! Frixion pens come in a variety of colors and styles, including ballpoint and fine tip. I like the Color Sticks, clicker pens, fine liners, and highlighters. Can you tell I love my Frixion pens?!
Books (In The Order I Read Them)
- The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
- Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything, BJ Fogg, PhD
- Atomic Habits, James Clear
- Essential Zen Habits, Briefly, Leo Babauta
Although this is not a how-to-blog site, I’d like to show what I use to blog because I always want to know what others use.
I use both Bluehost and SiteGround. I think Bluehost is better for new bloggers, while SiteGround is better for a slightly more advanced user. I’m a programmer by trade with a decent understanding of backend technologies, but I had a heck of a time getting email access set up with SiteGround. I did finally get it done, and I suspect the reason I couldn’t get it to work at first was because I’d only just set up the email on the server. With Bluehost, it was much easier to set up email with my iPhone and laptop. Otherwise, the services have so far been about equal.
Both Bluehost and SiteGround gave a free domain name with signup, and both offer free SSL certificates.
Since I want to monetize this site, and wanted to use WordPress, I had to use WordPress.org. It’s a one-click option on both BlueHost and SiteGround. I googled around for the settings to change once I got WordPress installed-there are a bunch of changes you should make from the defaults </soapbox>.
I use ConvertKit’s free version (up to 100 people). If you use my link to start your own free ConvertKit campaign, we each get 100 (more) free users, up to 1000. Then it’s $29/month after that. Here’s my link: ConvertKit free.
I’m in the process of upgrading to the paid version (which takes about 5 minutes or less, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet). Here’s my affiliate link if you want to get the paid version: ConvertKit paid.
I’ve only just started this part of my journey, so stay tuned for more details! Currently, I’m an Amazon associate (as long as I meet the minimum criteria) and an affiliate for RocketBook (endlessly reusable notebooks!) and ConvertKit.