Encourage good habits through using a bullet journal habit tracker. Here’s some ideas of habits to track!
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If you’ve ever wanted to start a bullet journal, I bet part of the appeal is being able to customize it to meet all your needs.
That sheer range of customization, however, can be super overwhelming.
I remember when I opened up my bullet journal for the first time and looked at all those blank pages, I wasn’t sure how to start.
This combined with my perfectionist tendencies made me feel paralyzed.
After going over the advice in How to start a bullet journal, I set up a monthly calendar and monthly task list and then a daily log.
But I wanted my bullet journal to be more than just lists of things I had to do.
As I am a big fan of habits, the next logical thing for me to include in my bullet journal was a habit tracker.
Bullet journal habit trackers are simple ways of ensuring that habits you wish to embed become highly visible and as such, you feel accountable to them.
Now like all things bullet journal, if you search Pinterest for “bullet journal habit tracker” you can get distracted by all the artistic trackers that end up making you feel just as paralyzed as when you got your journal in the first place.
Unless you wanted to end up like me and actually tear out a page (or three) from your bullet journal trying to get it to look perfect, I advise keeping it super simple to start: write the date down the side and the habit along the top OR turn your journal on its side and write the date at the top and the habit along the side.
Then color in the square when you do the habit that day.
Top tip: Not all habits need to be daily. If, for example, you want to add a habit in weekly, then connect the dots to form a blank square in the space for that day, which you color in when complete. Leave the spaces between the other dots blank.
But before you get to that point, you need to decide what habits you are going to track.
Now, it can be super tempting to put in as many habits to track as there are lines on the page.
Don’t – unless of course you have already identified x number of habits that you’re committed to implementing AND have a number that you’re already doing.
That’s because, as my guru James Clear says, “If you step too far outside the bounds of your normal performance, then nearly all of the forces in your life will be screaming to get you back to equilibrium” (source).
Too much radical change causes an instinctive push-back.
Change becomes permanent when it’s implemented gradually and steadily.
Remember this when you get excited over all the bullet journal habit tracker ideas you’re about to discover!
The habit trackers are divided into different categories so you can select what specific areas you’d like to focus on.
If you’re like me and need some help where finances are concerning, tracking these aspects can definitely help!
Why not track:
- having a no spend day
- saving X amount of dollars
- paying off X amount of debt
- tracking spending
- tracking net worth
- checking your budget
- paying your bills weekly
Tracking health-related habits is an excellent way of developing the consistency of practice needed for a healthy life.
Health related habits to track include:
- yoga practice
- going to the gym
- completing 10,000 steps
- not eating a specific food (eg chocolate)
- eating a specific food (eg fruit)
- clean eating
- following your diet plan
- skipping sugar
- no alcohol days
- limiting caffeine intake
- drinking 8 glasses of water
- sleeping the number of hours you need
- brushing and flossing teeth
- completing skin care regimen
- taking vitamins / supplements
If keeping on top of your home is an issue then tracking these habits will help:
- making the bed
- tidying the bathroom in the morning
- tidying the kitchen after dinner
- doing a load of washing
- putting washing away
- picking out your clothes for tomorrow
- completing a 10 minute declutter challenge
- meal planning
- completing these essential daily routines
Our marriages deserve our care and attention. Happy spouse, happy house is a mantra I totally believe in!
Yet it’s funny our marriages are things we let slide at busy times.
Tracking these happy marriage habits will help keep your loved one high on your priority list.
- having a date night
- making love
- doing something nice for your spouse
- not re-doing something they have already done (eg making the bed or stacking the dishwasher!)
- not criticizing
- doing something supportive for your spouse
- spending quality time together
A good life is a productive life where you are learning and growing.
Some personal growth habits include:
- listening to a podcast
- reading 10 pages of a non fiction book
- learning something new
- implementing something you have learned
Self care is SO important!
As a busy woman, I bet that one of the things you feel you never have time for is yourself.
There are so many habits you can track related to self care. Ideas include:
- completing a Miracle Morning
- having alone time
- getting a massage
- practicing meditation
- spending time in nature
- completing a gratitude journal entry
- completing a win journal entry
- completing an item on the 30 day self care challenge
- working on a creative hobby / passion project / side hustle
- having a unplugged session of a duration of your choosing
- doing something positive for your body (eg having a bath, getting a pedicure and so on)
- lying on your accupressure mat
- reduced social media use – unsubscribed from a list, unfollowed an account or left a group
As you can see, there are so many ways you can use a habit tracker in your bullet journal.
Whether it’s your finances, health, home, marriage, personal development or self care, all areas of your life can benefit from attention to your habits.
Any other habits you think are worth tracking? Let me know in the comments!