Creating a bullet journal mood tracker will help you keep track of changes and developments in your mood and give you a lovely snap shot of your year. Read on for a simple annual layout and ideas for tracking.
Color Coding Your Mood
There are some gorgeous bullet journal mood tracker ideas out there for keeping an eye on your mood over the course of a year. I love the way using color coding gives you a big, beautiful picture of your year.
But mood tracking isn’t all about painting a pretty picture. Using a mood tracker can be a powerful tool, especially if you are dealing with anxiety, depression, or just trying to get out of a rough patch.
Tracking your mood and keeping notes on events that affect you positively and negatively will give you insight to some of the patterns you may be experiencing in your life.
Qualifying or Quantifying Your Mood
With such a huge range of emotions, I found that it’s easier to quantify each day with a number. At first, it might feel arbitrary to assign a number to your mood, but over time you will begin to see patterns with how you’re feeling.
I find it easier to use a 1 to 5 scale that goes from great to awful – last year I used emotions, and ended up with a few days with all the colors!
You might prefer to qualify your days with words such as: great, blah, the worst. Or use emotions like: happy, depressed, indifferent. Or describe your energy level: high-energy, low-energy, exhausted. Or personalize it to completely fit you.
Choose wording that is meaningful for you or fall back on numbers.
Choose Your Colors Carefully
You’re stuck with whatever colors you choose all year, so be sure to choose colors that you love. I chose a earthy/floral theme for this layout, but be sure to pick one that suits your personality! Some theme ideas:
- Colors that represent feelings
- Rainbow theme
- Earth tones
- Neon highlighter
- Monochromatic – shades of your favorite color
Mood Tracker Layout for your Bullet Journal
1) Begin with the months along the top of the page, skipping a space between each one. I used the first letter of each month.
2) Next, label the days of the week vertically, using the abbreviations you prefer. I like my week to go Monday – Sunday, so I began on with Monday.
3) To separate your weeks, darken the line between each week. This will help you see patterns from week to week – Are Mondays especially tough? Do you struggle on the weekends?
4) You can draw the graph or simply use the dots (or graph lines) in your journal to guide your daily coloring. I prefer not to draw all of the lines – less likely for me to mess them up!
5) Number your days being careful to start the first of the month in the correct column and row.
When you’re laying it out, you might find some months that begin on a Sunday will overflow. You can either start them on the previous month (as I did for April, July, and December) or continue the 31st on the next month.
The beauty about this type of annual tracker is that you can start right now! It does not have to be a full year, and it doesn’t have to be 12 months. Customize your mood tracker to fit your needs and start right away!
Keeping Notes About Your Bullet Journal Mood Tracker
Your tracking chart is a great visual of the general ups and downs of the year, but keeping notes nearby will help you understand more.
In this layout, I left room on the opposite page for special dates. It is so easy to refer back and forth between big events. It may be helpful to keep separate notes in your journal to expand on how your feeling, keep track on events big and small, and get your thoughts down on paper.
Remembering to Use Your Bullet Journal Mood Tracker
If you’re not in the habit of daily tracking, starting an bullet journal mood tracker might look overwhelming. Don’t let it be! This is a journal just for you – it doesn’t have to be perfect. Do the best you can to track daily, but don’t beat yourself up if you forget for a few days.
The best way to keep up with tracking is to make it enjoyable and convenient. Make your bullet journal pretty with doodles, stickers, or washi tape. Then keep it in a place that you see each day – with the markers that you use close by!
I hope this very simple way to visually track your mood over time inspires you.
PRODUCTS USED IN THESE PHOTOS:
- Scribbles That Matter dotted journal
- Woodland Cottage Farm journal cover
- Micron 01 and 03 size pens
- Mildliner double ended highlighters
- Fudebiyori brush pen in gray for shadowing
- Westcott Geometry Set rulers
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