Friday, February 17th, 2017

Rhodia bullet journaling post 6: Trackers


One of the wonderful things about a bullet journal is you can use it to record anything and everything. Your bullet journal is a great place to track…well, anything at all really. Last week I showed you some ways to use your bullet journal to track medical conditions (yours or someone you care for). This week I’ll show you some more types of trackers.

There are some things you might like to track daily, weekly, monthly, and more long term. I’ll show you ideas for all of these. In these photos I’m using a Rhodia Reverse dot book, which is square shaped and spiral bound so you can use it vertically or horizontally. This is especially great for trackers so you can make a chart in either orientation.

If you’ve looked for bullet journaling trackers online, as with most things related to bullet journaling you might have become overwhelmed by the elaborate and artistic trackers out there. It’s great that some people enjoy the artistic outlet, but not everyone has the time or inclination to create art on every page. I’m a big believer that simple is good, especially if you are just starting out. You want to get your information down on the page as quickly and easily as possible so you can get on with doing the things you need to do.

Here are some tips for different types of trackers:

Daily: There are several things you might want to track daily. Some people like to keep track of their water and fruit/ veg intake, and to make sure they take their medications. Some people like to draw little glasses of water to show their water intake. Some use a small stamp as an icon. I just write numbers and circle them, then fill them in as I go. It’s quick and easy.

Something else I track daily is my physio stretching and exercises, which I am supposed to do three times every day. Having a tracker in your daily log serves several purposes: 1) it reminds you of your daily intentions by keeping them out in front of you every day, 2) it shows if you are reaching your daily goals or not, and 3) it’s very motivating to have a clear visual representation of these goals.

Weekly: Other things are better tracked in a weekly view so you can see if you are reaching overall weekly totals. Below is an example of a weekly exercise tracker. Alongside the type of exercise is the goal for the week: number of minutes for cardio, or number of sessions for strength and stretching. In the weekly chart you can see what was done each day. At the end of the week you total up your actual numbers and see if you reached your goals, or fell short.

This is a very simple, quick and easy tracker that holds a lot of information in one space. It’s very motivating to see your numbers out there in front of you. You can easily see how your daily goals add up to get you to your weekly goal.

Month: Another type of tracker shows a month at a time, where you fill in which days you accomplished each goal. This type of tracker is especially good for daily habits you want to encourage like getting enough sleep, reading, quilting, drawing, etc. It’s also great for household chores.

This type of tracker is also great for motivation because you’ll want to fill in all those gaps in a “don’t break the chain” style. You can also track mood or medical symptoms compared to how many hours of sleep you got or whether you exercised that day, to see patterns and/ or causation. For example if you didn’t exercise for a few days, you might notice your mood is lower or you’re not sleeping as well.

A different type of tracker is a way to see when things were last done, and when they are due to be done again. This is great for household or car maintenance, doctor or dentist visits, haircuts, pet vaccines, or anything else that is only done periodically throughout the year.

You can see more examples of trackers in author J.T. Ellison’s guest post on Quo Vadis blog where she showed how she tracks word counts and monthly goals in her bullet journal.

For more tips on bullet journaling, look for our Rhodia bullet journaling posts here on Rhodia Drive on the first three Fridays of each month!

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