These free printable habit trackers can help you finally form positive habits that stick for good.
Today we’ll be taking a look at the popular habit tracker idea, how habit trackers work, how to use a habit tracker, and 11 free printable habit tracker PDFs.
These habit trackers work great in a bullet journal, Happy Planner, or home binder!
The printable habit trackers I could find for free online were all pretty basic, so I made a variety of habit trackers for you, including monthly habit trackers, weekly habit trackers, mini habit trackers, and circular habit trackers.
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What is a habit tracker?
Maybe you’ve seen habit trackers on Instagram or Pinterest, heard about them from a friend, or read about them in a book like Deep Work. But what is a habit tracker and how does it work?
In short, a habit tracker is a tool that gives you a place to record when you meet a specific goal. It gives you a visual record of when you did, or did not, meet your goals.
Usually when people refer to a habit tracker, they mean a chart of some kind in a journal or planner, but other things can serve as habit trackers, too. For example, a large water bottle with marks to remind you to drink water and that allows you to see how much water you’ve consumed that day could be considered a habit tracker!
For the purposes of this post, we’ll be talking about the pen and paper type of habit tracker (like the free printables below!).
Do habit trackers work?
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” ~ management expert Peter Drucker
Like any tool, a habit tracker only works if you do. Simply printing a habit tracker out and leaving it buried under a stack of papers on your desk won’t accomplish anything!
When used consistently, a simple habit tracker is a powerful tool that helps you stay accountable. You can quickly see, at a glance, what you have or haven’t done. Using a habit tracker removes the supposition and guesswork.
Habit trackers can also help motivate you to actually achieve your goals because you don’t want to lose your streak or see a glaring white spot on your tracker!
Forming a habit can take a long time and the results can seem slow to appear. Using a habit tracker helps keep you accountable and on track until the habit is internalized and/or you start seeing the results to desire.
Habit trackers can also help you see what is and isn’t working. For example, if you consistently fall short of meeting a goal, you know it’s time to reevaluate your goal or something about your routine.
How to use a habit tracker printable
Using a habit tracker is super simple.
First, select the right type of habit tracker for the job.
Weekly and monthly habit trackers are very popular and let you see, at a glance, how frequently you achieved a particular goal. Simply label your tracker with what you want to track then shade in the appropriate box when you meet your goal!
Mini trackers are great for tracking single habits and larger trackers give you space to track several different things on the same chart.
You can also use habit trackers for more occasional things, like washing your sheets or changing your home air filters. You can track these in an annual tracker by shading a box or with a tracker that gives you space to write in the date. You could also use a mini tracker with just one box per week instead of a box per day.
You can also use an annual tracker with 365 boxes to keep track of a single habit for the entire year! This is a great idea for things you want to do every single day like drink adequate water, write in a gratitude journal, or floss your teeth.
365 days at a glance trackers are also great as mood trackers.
Then actually use your habit tracker!
To make your habit tracker more effective, don’t just check off each box. Instead, shade it in using your favorite markers or pens! That way the impact of missing a day is much more noticeable.
The Staedtler fineliner pens are great for journaling and coloring. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should!
- Staedtler triplus fineliner in ergonomic triangular shape for relaxed and easy writing
- Dry safe - can be left uncapped for days without drying up
- Assorted pack of 36 fineliner with a fine, metal-clad tip and a linewidth of approximately 0.3 mm
How to resize letter printables for MAMBI Happy Planner
To resize a normal letter sized page for a Classic Happy Planner, print at 83%. Trim away the excess paper and punch with a Happy Planner hole punch.
You can see where to put the 83% in the print dialogue box in the screenshot below. The image shows a mood tracker printable and Preview on Mac. The box will look very similar on other systems/programs.
To resize a letter sized printable for the Mini, print at 67%.
Free printable habit trackers
Here’s what you’ve been waiting for – your free habit tracker printables!
These images are just low resolution previews, not the printable PDFs. Please use the download links for the habit tracker PDFs.
These trackers are available free for your personal use. You can use them with your family or in your personal classroom, but you are not licensed to redistribute the digital files or give out copies. Please just refer your friends, family, and coworkers to this page so they can download their own habit trackers!
You can print out the pages, punch them, and insert them in your planner or you can print, cut, and tape or glue them on a page.
If you want to use these as bullet journal habit trackers, I recommend printing them on matte sticker paper, cutting them out, and sticking them in your planner.
- Permanent adhesive guaranteed to stick and stay put on cardboard, envelopes, paper, glass or metal.
- No more jams or smudges with Avery shipping labels. White labels optimized for inkjet printers.
- TrueBlock technology covers up everything underneath the shipping label so you can reuse boxes.
There’s a circular habit tracker for four habits with a small mandala to color in the center.
Here’s another circular habit tracker with a mandala to color.
Because there’s no spot in the circle to write what you’re tracking, there are bubbles to fill in so you can color code your tracker (for example, you might use blue in one ring to track water, purple for getting to bed on time, etc.). This version is available with both 30 and 31 days!
This page has three mini trackers for months with 30 days. These are great for tracking daily things each week like flossing, getting to bed on time, and workout goals.
These little guys also work great as stickers! Make sure to use matte sticker paper to make them easy to write on. If you don’t have sticker paper, that’s fine – cut them out and glue then in place or leave a little margin and tape them down with some cute washi tape!
This version is the mini tracker for 31 day months.
These floral mandala habit trackers are so much fun! Each flower has 31 segments you can color (counting the center). Label each mandala then color in the petals as you meet your goals! These mandalas would work well in a bullet journal.
Tip: Instead of tracking four habits in one month with this page, you could also track the same habit over multiple months to see your progress!
If flowers and mandalas aren’t your thing, these circular habit trackers with 31 days may be more your style! They’re simple and to the point.
For tracking a single habit, or your moods, all year long there’s this 365 day tracker! (It would also work well as a period tracker.)
If you have lots of habits to track, then you’ll appreciate this monthly tracker with plenty of space to write in habits and tasks!
This monthly checklist tracker is perfect for things like pet medication, changing air filters, getting a manicure, paying bills, and anything else you do periodically. If it’s something you need to do twice a month (like put in a new pair of contacts), you can simply write it down twice.
I couldn’t resist making a version of the monthly checklist it with a splash of color, too!
Update: I’ve had requests for even more habit trackers so I decided to create 18 additional printable habit trackers.
This new set of habit trackers is so much fun! There are so many trackers to pick from, including 30 day trackers, 31 day trackers, and 100 day habit trackers.
These additional habit trackers are available in the printables shop for the low price of $7.50. I probably “shouldn’t” tell you this, but there’s actually a discount code in the freebie downloads if you go ahead and grab them first. 😉
Natasha Núñez is a former classroom teacher with a Masters of the Arts in Teaching. She also is a registered yoga teacher & holds a certificate in natural skincare formulation from the School of Natural Skincare. She shares her passion for education, positive parenting, free printables, and recipes for DIY bath & home products. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.