Want to change up the look of your habit tracker? Try one of these cute mini-habit tracker designs.
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Over the years that I have been bullet journaling, habit tracking has become one of my favorite components of the system.
Tracking my habits has not only allowed me to see where I’m falling short and where I’m succeeding, it has helped me adopt new healthy habits, set more specific goals, and motivate myself.
For instance, one of the habits I’m tracking currently is writing 500 words per day.
It’s 11:30 at night, the beginning of the month, and I really want to fill in that box. So, here I am type, type, typing away.
And in the end, it’s not just for that little square box. It’s to be proud of myself for my hard work and dedication to my goals.
Writing 500 words every day may not be your cup of tea or whiskey. Instead here are a few habits that anyone can adopt to better their lives and get closer to their goals.
Habits To Adopt This Year
Personal Development: Whether you want to read books about financial growth, listen to podcasts about positivity, or watch TED talks, personal development is for everyone.
64oz. of Water Every Day: Are you human? Are you alive? If you answered yes to both of those questions then this should be a daily habit.
Water helps regulate your appetite, keep your skin healthy, energize your muscles, and keep your kidneys functioning properly, according to WebMD.
No Screen 30 Minutes Before Bed and Upon Waking: Most of the population has developed a bad habit/addiction with their phones. And I’m not preaching, here. I am equally as guilty.
Nothings seems to go better with my morning coffee than scrolling through Facebook and Instagram. But, it doesn’t make it healthy.
Research shows that looking at your screen before going to bed delays your circadian rhythm, surpasses melatonin, and ultimately makes falling asleep much more difficult.
Next month, try adding one or two of these to your habit tracker and see what a difference it makes in your daily life. To see a full list of habit tracker ideas, check out this post with 100+ Habit Tracker Ideas.
Habit Tracker Design
Now, if you are anything like me when it comes to bullet journaling, you get bored of the same old designs over and over. It doesn’t matter how determined you are to achieve your goals, if you’re bored in your journal, you’re likely to not use it efficiently.
Cue standard planners in my case.
I’ve come to realize that I don’t really have a style.
My style is changing things up all the time. I can go from in-your-face color and doodles to a very minimalistic spread in 2.2 seconds. Ok… realistically like 30 minutes, but you get it.
And part of what keeps you wanting to use and play in your bullet journal is the design part. Getting to be the creative mind behind the planner is a fun job.
So, as I was flipping back through my journals and sketchbooks, I thought it would be fun to compile some cute and, let’s face it, realistic mini habit tracker designs for you to try in your journal this year.
7 Cute Mini Habit Tracker Designs for Your Bullet Journal
Mini habit tracker designs can be more work than a traditional grid or dot habit tracker. But, if you are looking to upgrade the aesthetic of your journal, these cute mini trackers may be the solution.
2 Row Box Tracker with Accent Color
This first mini habit tracker is one of the easiest to draw and it can add a splash of color with the habit tag at the end–which could also be moved to the lefthand side.
All you need for this tracker is a black fineline pen, a colored marker of your choice (I used Tombows), and a ruler.
Then, draw two rows that are 15 boxes long, for a total of 30 boxes inside the rectangle. This design works best for months with 30 days to keep the aesthetic of it.
Optionally, write in the numbers for the days or leave the boxes blank. Then add your habit tag on the righthand side and add some color if you choose.
Create as many of these as you have habits.
Calendar Mini Habit Tracker
This tracker uses just a couple simple supplies including a black pen, ruler, and optionally, a white gel pen.
Draw a small version the calendar for the corresponding month in black pen, with each day taking up a single box. Unlike mine, which is (accidentally) eight boxes wide, yours should be seven.
Again, you can optionally add the numbers to each box, or you can leave them blank for a quicker setup.
Finally, color in a rectangle about your calendar with black pen and then use a white gel pen or Posca Pen to write the habit tag in the rectangle.
Jar of Marbles Tracker
Want something more unique than just square boxes? Try this cute jar tracker design.
For this, you will need a pencil, black pen, colored marker of your choice, and a circle stencil.
Start by sketching out your jar in pencil. Mine is approximately five boxes wide at the base, eight boxes wide at the widest point, and eight boxes high.
From here, use your circle stencil and trace 30-31 1/8 circles in black pen. Try to keep the circles touching or close to.
Next, trace over your jar outline, making adjustments for marbles if necessary.
Lastly, draw a string around the neck of the jar with a tag hanging off to the side. Use any colors you wish to color in your tag and lid, and then write in your habit tag.
This creative tracker is inspired by @bujowithbecky on Instagram. The idea is that you would draw 30-31 simple doodles that are divided into different portions.
Each portion of the doodle, in this case a travel coffee cup, represents a different habit you are tracking.
You will need a pencil, black pen, ruler, and some markers for this mini habit tracker. I used Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens and Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
Start by sketching out your key. This will be similar to the image above and is where you will write in what each portion of the doodle represents.
Use your pencil and ruler to create two slightly angled lines. Then add the lines for the bottom of the cup, the sleeve, and the lid. The doodle tracker allows for five different habits to be tracked.
Now, draw straight horizontal lines coming out from each portion and label them with the specific habit you want to track.
Finally, color in your key for reference when you are actually filling in your habit tracker.
Long Stem Flower Habit Tracker
I love the idea of having a lot of habits and and creating a garden of sorts with this tracker. You could draw different flowers, which you can get inspiration for from this post.
To create this spread you will need a black pen, ruler, and optionally, markers in your preferred colors.
Start by drawing a long stem with your black pen and ruler that is 16 boxes high. Then, draw 15 leaves on each side of the stem.
Draw your flower on top, add color, and finally add a rectangle for the habit tag at the bottom.
Minimalistic Mini Habit Tracker
If you want to try the mini habit tracker design but don’t have a lot of time to set up or prefer a more minimalistic look this design is a good starting point.
For this, all you need a is black pen and a ruler.
Start by drawing two horizontal lines that are seven boxes wide. Similarly to the calendar tracker above, you are going to start drawing small, imperfect circles (no stencil needed) on the first day of the corresponding month. Fill the tracker with these circles.
Then, use your black pen to fill in the habit tag between the two horizontal lines at the top.
3D Box Tracker
For those who are more geometrically satisfied, this one is for you. Grab a black pen, ruler, and optional marker.
Start by drawing a rectangle that is four boxes wide and ten boxes tall. Divide it in half vertically you have two columns that are each two boxes wide.
Next, from the righthand side bottom corner draw a diagonal line up to the next dot over. Then, draw a vertical line from this point up ten boxes. Your line should end one box above the rectangle we started with.
Now, connect the vertical line you just drew to the top righthand corner of the rectangle with a diagonal line. Close off the top of your 3D box with a horizontal line and another diagonal line.
Finally, make 10 rows. Follow the leading lines. So in the farthest lefthand column your lines will be diagonal. In the rectangle your lines will be horizontal. You will have 30 boxes in total.
Add a habit tag at the top, some color, and number the boxes if desired.
Some Final Words of Advice
My final advice as we enter a new year and a lot of people are just starting their first bullet journal is to take it slow. Don’t think you need to add 25 habits to your tracker.
The best way to use these mini habit tracker designs is to pick a few (5-10) habits and start there.
Decide what you need to work on, what your focus is, and what habits you currently struggle with. These are the habits worth tracking in your habit tracker.
Starting with too many habits can be overwhelming and can deter you from making progress. It’s nearly impossible to work out, do an hour of yoga, walk 15,000 steps, meal prep, avoid all sugar, read 100 pages, doodle for an hour, get 8 hours of sleep, take a shower, and put on a full face of makeup in a day.
I speak from habit tracking mistake experience, here.
And when you have all of these items and every day you are falling short because…life, then you get discouraged. So don’t set yourself up for failure.
Start small. Turn these ideas into actual habits that you are doing regularly without too much thought and then start incorporating new habits.
Let me know if you found this post helpful. Would you like to see some printable versions of these mini habit trackers? Some free some in the shop? Let me know!
Hey! Just stumbled across your blog from pinterest where I was looking for bullet journal beginner tips (I keep trying to start and then get overwhelmed and give up!) I was browsing for layout ideas but I watched your 2019 setup video and got sucked down a rabbit hole of your other videos and I have to say, they are SO helpful! I’ve seen so many blog posts and videos about bullet journalling but they always get too complicated, time consuming, or artistic for me.
I’m not very creative at all so I love that you present a basic layout I can follow without having to think about it too much (and I love that you make your spreads simple with the option to customize with doodles etc!) I just bought a set of pens you recommended and I definitely plan on being a regular reader of your blog. Sorry for the novel of a comment, I really just wanted to say keep up the great work! 🙂
I apologize that it took me so long to get around to responding to your comment. But, I’m so glad that you took the time to write it and I am very grateful. Stories like this are what fills my heart with joy and utter happiness. It keeps me loving what I do and remembering why I do it. I love to be creative, but I also know what it’s like to be on the other side of a screen and looking at layouts that are far past my skill level and being discouraged. I hope to continue to support beginners and be a place where all can find comfort and a sense of belonging. Because, at the end of the day, there is no right or wrong way to bullet journal. The best way is the way that makes you feel happy, organized, together, etc. And no one should feel inadequate based on artistic ability. Again, thank you so much for your support.
First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 🎉💐🎈🎂 Such a helpful article, thank you! Wow, well thought out, real world & such detail & even what tools are needed. Just wow. You even included cell counts, so not like those ’50 trackers you must try ‘ articles with only pinterest/instagram pictures that make it next to impossible to figure out how to actually draw it out. Your layouts & doodles are so beautiful, but what I really love is that you present in such a way that the information can be put to immediate & practical use! I love the flower tracker best, read your article, added the tracker right then. Love the flexibility – horizontal or vertical, doesn’t take up a lot of space & was able to plop it right into an in progress spread. Using it as a temp weekly tracker to remind me to read my electric meter daily to figure out what I normally use & find ways to save, as well as check elec company, whom I suspect is averaging & not actually reading meter, ha! Before, just had it as a daily task. Now, it will be more visual & easy to find, rather than scanning through dailies trying to find later. YAY! The effort you put into these articles really shines – Thanks so much for a fantastic & useful article.
Thank you for this article as interesting as the previous ones. More tips and more information than useful.
I have been following you for a few months and you really made me want and convinced to put me in BUJO.
I still miss the rigor but I know that the bujo is a great help in my life.
A thank you coming from France!
Hi! Thank you so much for your kind comment. I am so glad you found it helpful.