Have you ever found yourself struggling to meet your Bible-reading goals, or have a consistent morning quiet time with God? How does your typical morning begin? Is your routine hurried and hustled, or does it begin in the peace and calm of time with the Lord? If you believed you could start each morning in the Word and in His presence, how would you prioritize your time to make that a reality?
What if I told you that resolutions don’t work, but better habits do?
Do you want to…
- Pray more?
- Read the Bible every day?
- Read the entire Bible in a year?
- Memorize scripture so you can recite it at the right moment?
- Practice gratitude?
Be inspired and encouraged to achieve your spiritual habit goals with this free printable habit tracker!
I listened to the audiobook Atomic Habits by James Clear on my Audible which I purchased two years ago. His recommendations on building better habits have become very popular among Christians who are working on spiritual practices— because they actually work!
One of his best pieces of advice is on building habits on top of other habits that are already a part of your everyday life and routines. (Ch. 5).
“Find a habit you already do each day and then stack your new behavior on top of it,” Clear writes. “In other words, your current habit becomes the trigger for your new one.”
This strategy is what Clear calls habit stacking.
For example, if you want to pray more for the people around you, stack it on top of taking your morning shower. When you pair an action you want to do with an action you already have as a daily habit, it becomes easier to change your behavior.
So take my list above, and here are some examples applied to spiritual practices:
- Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, read at least one verse or chapter of Scripture from the Bible bookmarked at your bedside.
- Before you reach for your phone, spend 5 minutes in quiet silence before the Lord.
- When you are waiting for your coffee to brew, work on memorizing Scripture.
- While you’re waiting in line, at the doctor’s office, or sitting in somewhere while waiting)
- After you get in bed at night, write in your gratitude journal
And you get the idea…
Trying writing it out for yourself, says Clear.
After I _______________,
I will ________________.
Want to give it a try?
The first printable is for someone who wants to track multiple habits/goals in one month. Write out all your habit stacks in order from AM to PM and record them every day.
The second option is simpler for tracking one new habit over a month, like “Pray every day while showering.” Start small if this is completely new to you and build more habits over time.
These printable worksheets are courtesy of Daily Devotionals. by Faith Gateway.