Using a tracker in my bullet journal is my new favorite thing! Since I love it so much, I want to share it with all of you. I even included a little mini tracker for you to download at the end of my post!
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Recently, I have been dealing with some health issues. I’ve spent the past few months in and out of the doctor office. Each time, I am given new instructions, or a different medicine to try, and it started to get a little difficult to remember everything that I was supposed to do.
Then it dawned on me. I should make a tracker for my bullet journal!
Are you new to the world of using a bullet journal? Before you read through this, be sure to check out my Beginners Guide to Bullet Journals.
Of course, it isn’t a requirement to have a tracker in your journal, but it has been such an awesome tool for me. It helps me keep an eye on my good habits, and the places that I need a little extra work. I love checking things off, so using a tracker has been a great way to hold myself accountable.
Best of all, there are so many different things that you can track. And as always, there are so many different layout options. Mixing things up and trying different styles of trackers also helps keep me motivated to get my stuff done!
The habit tracker is just a list of the things that you like to accomplish in a day. It’s basically like an every day to-do list. To make one, you can use dotted or grid paper. Having a ruler handy is also helpful. You can make your tracker a weekly one, or a monthly one, that’s the beauty of having that customized system that works just for you.
Here is an example of the one that I just made for myself. I just set it up for a two-week period.
See? It’s pretty simple, but so helpful.
Need some ideas of what to track?
- Water consumption
- Journal time
- Feeding pets
- Watering the plants (for people like me who seem to have a black thumb)
- No Junk Food/Caffeine etc…
- Sleep schedules
- Self care/Me time (you’ve got to make sure you are giving yourself love)
- Routines (morning and night)
- Flossing/teeth brushing
Really, anything that you want to work on, or make sure that you do each day, add it to your tracker!
However, if you don’t use it on a daily basis, it won’t do much good.
I am guilty of thinking that I will remember to fill in what I did a few days later, but that just doesn’t work. So my solution was to work it into my nightly routine.
In my last post, Beginners Guide: Starting a New Month in a Bullet Journal, I mentioned that I changed my layout so that I could write a few sentences about my day. It was my goal to do this on a nightly basis, along with filling in my mood tracker. I am happy to report, that this has been going well for me, and I have now added filling out my habit tracker during this time. So, just be sure to find a spot in your day that you will be sure to check off those boxes.
There are other fun things that you can track, but you may want to dedicate a layout to a single thing, instead of just a list.
For example, here is my mood tracker page. Each day, I color in the boxes to indicate how I was feeling. By the end of the year, I will have a very colorful page with all of my moods.
I did mine over the entire year, but next year I think I would like to try to do a monthly mood tracker. I have seen some pretty amazing layouts that have inspired me.
I also like to track the books I read, movies that I see, and shows that I watch throughout the year. Here are what my trackers for each of these look like.
It’s fun to have a history of the things that entertained me throughout the year.
You may have one big goal that you want to work towards, such as saving up for a vacation. This is another way that a tracker would be helpful. Having that visual will really help keep you motivated.
Our family recently decided that we want to visit one of the state parks out west, so I made a page to remind my husband and I to set a little money aside each month.
I can’t wait until all those boxes are filled in, and we are on our way!
Finally, I have a page dedicated to the bills that I need to pay each month. It’s very basic, but incredibly helpful.
Feeling a bit intimidated by drawing out your own tracker?
I always want to remind people that your bullet journal pages do not have to be fancy. Please do not get hung up on seeing all the beautiful layouts out there and then feel like you have to do the same. Part of the reason that I make these blog posts is to show you that I do not make perfect layouts, mine do not look like they are made by a professional artist, but I love them. And they work!
I made these handy little weekly mini tracker stickers to put in my journal, for those times that I just can’t draw one for myself. To print these, I used Avery mailing labels #8168, but you can also just print on blank paper, cut out and glue into your journal.
Feel free to download them and use for your own bullet journal!
I hope that this has helped to show you that a tracker can be a great tool to help you manage your time better, and to get those dreams and goals accomplished!