Using Twitter to track habit formation

Recently I started following Jocko Willink –

I like hearing him speak. He has a no bullshit way of looking at life, that I understand won’t be for everyone but it resonates with me.

When you follow him on Twitter you’ll notice he documents his wake time (4.30) and weights workout each day. It is part of keeping him accountable to his own health choices, but it also neatly demonstrates his attitude to discipline and habits.

I’ve started doing something similar. Each time I do a weights workout and/or meditation, I am going to document them on Twitter. Jocko relies on an everyday schedule. I am going to rely initially on a count – Day 1, Day 2 etc.

Whilst I have been working out and meditating for a while, I have started the Twitter counts at zero. I hope to look back in a couple of months and see these numbers growing nicely.

This is one of the first times that I have been able to conceptualise any kind of social media use as being useful for self-improvement. Typically, social media draws me away from productive endeavours. However, in this case Twitter is an excellent tool for documenting your attempts at habit formation.

So if you are looking for a way for your social media use to complement your self-improvement attempts, consider Jocko’s example.

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