Keeping a Mood Tracker
Hi, Y’all. Welcome back to #BuJoFridays.
This week I’ll be talking about keeping a mood tracker in your bullet journal as well as give you three different examples of what that could look like…
How are you are?….
Whatever you are, have you ever wondered how often you are of each in a given a period of time? Then mood trackers are for you!
Joking aside though, mood trackers can not only be really fun to do but also can help put your days into perspective, which in turn could improve your mood in the long run.
Mood trackers are most commonly used in monthly spreads, but they can also be used at the beginning of your journal as part of your yearly spread.
When creating a mood tracker, you’ll typically draw out shapes or grids with a date in each one. So for monthly, you would include one through however many dates their are that month, or you could include all 365 days of the year.
You’ll then create a key for the mood tracker listing anywhere between three to seven different overall moods that you could be in, designating a different color for each.
Then at the end of each day, you reflect back on your day and determine how that day makes you feel and then color in the respective color on that date. And at the end of the month or year, you look back at your entire mood tracker and reflect.
This reflection can help put any future events in perspective and possibly even improve your mood if you noticed you were experiencing a lot of negative emotions.
Because in the end, you’re here, you’re alive, and you’re okay, and even though those bad days sucked when you were living them, you got through it and you can look back on those days and learn from them about how to handle your emotions in the future, by putting your days into perspective.
Now that you know the basics behind a mood tracker, here are three examples of what you can make your mood tracker look like in your own bullet journal.
Example 1: Yearly Pixels
This first example is going to be the yearly one.
Basically what I do is draw a large grid using the squares that already exist on the dotted page of the bullet journal. Because of the consistent square shapes the entire chart will make, it will look pixelated in a way. So to start, I just wrote “Pixels” at the top of the page and made it look pixelated versus smooth. I then just colored all the little squares in to form the letters of the word.
Going down the page now, I just wrote one through thirty-one for the dates of each month and then wrote the first letter of each other month going horizontally across.
I then used a pencil to draw the large box because it’s less conspicuous than using a pen.
After drawing the grid, I wrote in the five different moods I have in mind, assigning colors for each.
Blue: A great day; productive; feeling happy or excited.
Green: An average day; normal or uneventful.
Purple: An eh day; feeling tired or lackluster.
Black: Feeling sad, stressed, or depressed.
Red: Feeling frustrated, irritable, or anxious.
And here’s what it could look like all filled in. It will be really cool seeing the explosion of color at the end of the year.
Example 2: Monthly Flower Shape
This second example is great for a monthly mood tracker. Basically what I do, is draw a large flower on the page and within each petal of the flower, I write the date. I only went up to twenty-eight petals because I wanted the flower to be even, for the aesthetic purposes of this post, but you can easily add two or three more petals to the flower.
I then drew in the leaves coming from the flower to add a little something extra and went ahead and filled them in with a green marker.
Now to assign the colors. I wanted to do a smiley face type of mood description here, so I only did three colors of different shades of purple. That way the flower doesn’t end up being super multi-colored, but you will still be able to tell the difference between the colors. I then assigned them a frowning face, a kinda indifferent face, and then a happy face.
And here is what the flower could look like at the end of the month with all the petals filled in. As you can see, there’s still a noticeable enough difference between the mood colors.
Example 3: Meditation Correlation
This last example is probably my favorite.
This is more than just a mood tracker, but also a meditation tracker. I try meditating every day, myself, and I definitely notice a difference in my demeanor when I do meditate. I’m usually more calm and relaxed.
To do this example, I created a circle chart and basically what you’ll do is fill in the days that you do meditate and then fill in the mood you had that day. At the end of the month, you can look at the chart and see if there’s any correlation between mediation and your mood.
After drawing the grid and numbering everything with the dates of the month, I drew an OM symbol in the center and wrote “Namaste”, two things that are largely associated with meditation and such.
Now assigning the colors to the moods, I again went with different shades of a blue and drew that OM symbol again for each one. I then assigned the moods of Joy, Indifferent, Lackluster, and Sadness to the colors.
Then at the top, I titled the page, “Mediation and Mood Trackers.” And then wrote a little quote in the remainder of space, and wrote, “Calm your mind of life’s worries.”
And here we have the finished product at the end of the month with everything filled in and I think it looks really cool.
So what do think? Are you going to add a mood tracker to your bullet journal? Let me know in the comments down below and tag me in them on Instagram.