How To Write A Habit Tracker

Thanks for joining me again for some more bullet journal DIY. In this post I’m going to be talking about all the benefits of mood tracking and habit tracking in your bullet journal – and how to write your own.

 

So to begin I’ll start with what they are. Mood trackers and habit trackers have been around since forever, I’m not claiming to have invented this method of journaling, but I’m going to show you how to write your own and make it unique to you.

A mood tracker is a system of logging your moods each day for one month at a time. The idea behind this practice is to help you better understand how your moods change each day and to get an overall picture month to month, of how your feeling. The reason many find this beneficial is because it allows you to have some clarity on what affects your moods and can help you practice more mindfullness.

In my opinion, a mood tracker is only half of the solution. This practice really works best when it is paired with habit tracking. Now, I’m not saying that these things are mutually exclusive, but mood tracking seems to provide the best insight when you can also compare what healthy habits you’re keeping up with as well. For example, say you had a week last month where you were feeling lethargic, lazy and unmotivated. If you peek at your habit tracker for that same week, were you keeping up with all your habits? Did you maybe sleep in too late? Ate out too much? Didn’t keep up with your workout routine? etc. Viewing both trackers together can really help you improve your lifestyle. I find that tracking like this is extremely beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety and or depression. Having all the info in front of you can really help you execute a plan of action on how to improve your day-to-day mental health.

 

Mood Tracker:

So my mood tracker pretty much always looks something like this:

The key elements that you need to have a successful mood tracker are:

  1. One box for each day of the month
  2. One color for each mood you’re trying to track (I try to keep it at a maximum of 6 moods so I can get a really clear view of each day. Obviously this can be adjusted to your liking)
  3. A key for each mood/color so you know what you’re tracking
  4. A spot to write your takeaways at the end of the month

If a basic month layout doesn’t spark your creativity and you want something more embellished, there’s some amazing artistic examples on Pinterest like the ones I will list below. However, try to keep in mind the reason you’re tracking your moods, don’t let the idea of having a “perfect” spread get in the way of your goal. Here’s some beautiful artistic examples of mood trackers you can also try:

(*all image rights belong to perspective owners. Credit via pinterest.com)

 

Habit Tracker:

Now that you’ve mastered designing your mood tracker, you’ll want to start designing your habit tracker. The habit tracker allows you to be a little more free because everyone has different things they want to improve on. For me some of my habits include wanting to wake up earlier, doing my skincare routine every day, and unplugging from social media for at least 20 mins a day.

The key elements you will need for a habit tracker are:

  1. One box for each day of the month
  2. A few colors with good contrast to help you see what days you keep up with your habits
  3. At least 5 habits you want to start or improve on

Here’s what one of my basic habit trackers look like:

So again, I like to keep my trackers relatively simple so I can get a really clear look at how I’m progressing on everything. You can see clearly where the gaps are; I didn’t keep up posting on Instagram as much as I’d like, but I did really well at keeping up with my skincare routine. When I cross reference this tracker with my mood tracker from that month I can see exactly where I need to improve. I’ll link a few more examples of habit trackers below for you to see, and hopefully this inspires you to try your own! If you have any successes or questions regarding trackers, or anything bujo related, feel free to drop me a line anytime! Cheers.

(*all image rights belong to perspective owners. Credit via pinterest.com)

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