Welcome to my not so new series, Bullet Journal 2.0. In this series, I’ll be discussing a number of topics, including what a bullet journal is, future logs, monthly spreads, weeklies vs. dailies, habit tracking (hey, you’re on this post), collections, getting over the fear of starting, what to do before you get started, FAQs, and a final wrap-up with my top tips and pointers. If you were counting, that was 10 topics. One topic a week for ten weeks! I dug myself a deep hole here, but with your support, I’ll pull through.
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Welcome back to the 6th installment of the Bullet Journal 2.0 blog series!
This week is all about habit trackers. I’ll be explaining the importance of this tool, show you some incredibly efficient examples, give you some ideas of what you can track, and direct you to some sweet free printable. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Habit Trackers and Their Importance
Habit tracking is a general term used to describe the task of keeping yourself accountable for tasks or goals each day throughout the week or month. These tasks and goals are completely personal to your overall goals and priorities. You don’t need to include anything that’s irrelevant to your life just because someone else is tracking it.
From my own personal experience, using a habit tracker greatly increases my productivity. Knowing that I should be filling in those little boxes at the end of the day is a great motivator. For example, if I see I have three open spaces in my workout tracker, I am much more motivated to workout knowing I’ll get to fill in that box.
Another noteworthy reason to use habit tracking in your bullet journal is it can help you see patterns. These may be patterns between your productivity and your sleep pattern. After a few months, you can analyze your trackers to average how many days you worked out each week. This may help you understand your weight loss, gain, or lack of either. These are just a few examples. You can make correlations between many things.
Habit Tracker Setup
With the popularity of bullet journaling continually growing on social media, there’s always plenty of inspiration for setups. Choose one that appeals to you, and if you find that it doesn’t work for you after a month, try a different layout.
Some of these examples are better suited for fewer items you are tracking. Others allow multitudes of room if you have a lot of things you want to track.
Some of the supplies I highly recommend for creating habit trackers are a ruler, a protractor and compass, and Staedtler Triplus Fineliners. There are lots of straight edges [and angles depending on the tracker you choose], so I do consider these items necessary. Any old ruler will do. The Staedtlers are great for color coding your tracker. They have a small enough nib to get precise in the small boxes and have a variety of color options. A dot grid journal, like the Leuctturm1917 is also handy because it allows you to easily make all of your little boxes the same size.
I think Micah has some of the most stunning habit trackers on Instagram. I first found her account through Pinterest, and I had to follow her. She tracks a multitude of items and manages to fit them all on one page in a horizontal layout. This was the first layout I ever used and it worked very well for me for a long time.
This is my latest habit tracker for May. I drew inspiration from @mylifeinabullet. I like this layout and plan to stick with it for awhile because I prefer the vertical layout to the horizontal layout. It’s just an aesthetic thing for me. But, I also love the little icons that indicate what I’m tracking. You could certainly add more columns to this tracker to include more items.
This is another alternative. I warn you that these take a bit more time to draw up. But, they are 100% customizable and definitely have more of a fun feel than the standard columns and rows. I used a mini habit trackers in my April Setup, and while I loved the look of them, they didn’t work as well for me in terms of efficiency.
This stunning design was created by Kim at Tiny Ray of Sunshine. It’s called the Intention Wheel. This is a fabulous tracker that can be added to your monthly pages. However, this is not the tracker for you if you plan to track lots of items.
What to Track
As I said, this is totally up to you. Everyone’s goals and priorities will vary. I suggest you look through this list, note any that appeal to you, and then decide which are worth keeping. While I’m a bit bias, I do think it’s better to stick to fewer items. I tried tracking all kinds of things and found myself forgetting if I had done them. Then I was just marking off boxes without being certain. This completely defeats the purpose.
Things You Can Add to Your Habit Tracker
- Water consumption
- 8+ hours of sleep
- Study time
- Bible Study
- Miracle Morning
- Morning pages
- 10,000+ steps [if you use a Fitbit or Apple Watch]
- Creative time
- Using MFP or another calorie tracking app
- Eating healthily
- No sweets
- No soda
- Strength training
- Cleaning house
- Hygiene (shower, brush teeth, brush hair, etc.)
- No spending
- Reaching out to friend/family
- Watering plants
- Cooking dinner
- Skincare routine
- Putting on makeup
- Personal development
What do you track in your bullet journal? Let me know in the comments to give others some fresh ideas. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what you can track. Be sure to make it meaningful to you. If fitness isn’t your priority, don’t worry about adding it. Only add things you will actually use and do, so you don’t become disappointed and give up on the idea of tracking habits altogether.
Free Printable Habit Trackers
Sometimes the idea of drawing out habit trackers and layouts can get overwhelming. Still, you want your journal to look nice and to give you the accountability habit trackers offer. Well, you’re in the right place! If you sign up for my mailing list, you’ll get access to my free VIP Resource Library. Currently, there are a few different printable habit trackers in their, including mini circular habit trackers and horizontal layouts.
Other Posts in the Series:
[ Part 1: WTF is a Bullet Journal]
[Part 2: Before You Get Started]
[Part 3: The Future Log]
[Part 4: The Monthly Log]
[Part 5: Weekly Logs vs. Dailies]
[Part 6: You Are Here]
[Part 7: Collections]
[Part 8: Getting Over the Fear of Starting]
[Part 9: FAQs]
[Part 10: Wrap Up & Final Tips]
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I’m just starting with my own Bullet Journal because I used to have a mess with my notes, lists and everything (well, I still do haha) and I just love the idea of having every single thing in one notebook that can also be personalised (another reason why planners didn’t work out that well for me).
Anyway, I’ve been following your series and I love them, they’re super helpful! So thank you 🙂
Hi Andrea, that’s the exact reason I love bullet journaling. And I love being able to personalize things. I’m glad you found this helpful! And beat of luck with your journaling.
Erin, i just recently encountered bullet journals on Pinterest and had no clue wjat they were, but they looked oh so pretty. I’ve just read through this entire series and love how you’ve laid out the explanation step by step and with photos for examples. I bought a cheap graph notebook today and some washi tape so I could experiment and learn the swing of things. Im pretty anal about having everything neat and tidy, but I’m so excited to start down this path, and hopefully never have to buy a planner again!
Aw thank you! I appreciate that and I’m so glad you found it helpful.
I have a spcific tracker just for sleep and a similar tracker for pain. I keep these separate from the habit tracker. In my habit tracker I track meditation, reading, water consumption, and knitting. I am thinking about trying some of the other things you suggested. Thank you so much for this series. It has really helped.
Hi Christy! I’m so glad you have enjoyed it. Meditation is a great addition that I should definitely add. Thanks for the idea.
mindy boland says
I love your blog!!!! I’m haven’t started mine yet, I am new to blogs, even newer to bullet journals. I haven’t got the cohonas to start mine yet….but I have a few notebooks full of ideas lol. I am going to add prescription and vitamin trackers to mine, I take a lot of rx’s a day due to a terminal illness I also wanted to add something like a dream tracker but havent figured out how to yet, and I’m not sure weather to but pictures of my dreams or not, or how to fit it all on one tracker??????? any ideas would be helpful <3 Thank you…..and just so you know I think your freaking awesome, I get teased by my husband about how much I like your Blog and Pinterest, he calls you my internet chick crush lol…
Hi Mindy. Thank you so much for the sweet words. You totally made my day. Please let me know when you start your blog. It would be a pleasure. As far as the journal, just start. You can do it and you will figure it out as you go. It doesn’t have to be perfect to start… or ever for that matter. I think if you could find a way to express your dreams in pictures that would be awesome. You could also do colors for themes and emotions. Again, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. It means so much to me. Have a lovely day.