Good habits, bad habits, weird habits — everyone has those habits! The problem with most any habit is that it’s often hard to establish but once set, hard to break. To become a better life manager, you may want to add a variety of bullet journal habit trackers to your toolbox. Believe it or not, a journal can help you wrangle your habits, so you can snuff out the bad ones and introduce the good one.
Try A Few Bullet Journal Habit Trackers
No one type of habit tracker is going to help you with every aspect of your life. You should try to create different trackers for different habits. For example, say you’re dieting and want to understand more about what you eat, how you’re moving your body, and where your emotions fall during each phase of your diet. Trackers are a great way to capture that info in your bullet journal, which is the first step to change.
If your bad habits are emotional eating, not working out, and not caring for your body, food trackers, exercise trackers, and mood trackers will show you. Keep track of what you eat, how you feel, and what you’re doing to make better choices. You’ll be able to review this information over time to find common ground and fix the bad habits you’re making.
You’ll Become More Mindful
When you work on bullet journaling, you work on improving your life as a whole. When it comes to picking up good habits and breaking bad ones, this is where you should pay close attention. Let’s say you drink soda constantly. You believe it’s a bad habit. It’s expensive, it’s unhealthy, and it’s inconvenient. However, you do it. You know you want to stop. You try to stop, yet you find yourself absentmindedly stopping by the vending machine at work during every break.
Why? When you write down your feelings when you’re guzzling soda, you’re making yourself more aware of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Perhaps you drink soda when you don’t eat a good breakfast or when you feel bored or tired. When you practice being mindful using your journal tracker, you might find it is easier to change that habit by also being mindful in the moment.
Track Your Progress
Your journal is for your feelings, but it might also be for tracking your progress. Perhaps you can create a list of your goals and the good habits you’d like to create. Is one of them to make better decisions to be happier every day? Write it down. When you write it down, you see it as a goal in progress. You can create smaller goals to help you achieve your bigger goals each day.
For example, if you’re working on being happier and making the conscious decision to be happy each day, make it a goal to write down three things you’re happy about or grateful for each day in your gratitude journal. You can review all the things you’re happy about and grateful for each day or week, and you can use that to help you create better habits.
Make Notes of Your Moods
Your feelings are not always easily understandable. Perhaps you think you know how you feel but your mind is so confused about it, and you’re not sure what’s causing your moods to go up and down. Write it down. Your emotions might be clear to you, but might make more sense when you see them on paper. The purpose here is to refer to your journal trackers and find clues in your feelings and your thoughts. You’ll begin to notice patterns.
Patterns are so important in bullet journaling. When you notice patterns relating to your habits, you become more aware of yourself. It helps you make better decisions, and it helps you change your habits for the better. Patterns and trends in your thoughts are key, even if you’re not sure what they are when you’re working on them.
One thing you should know about keeping a bullet journal is that your can set it up anyway that works for you. You’re not going to find your trackers work for you the same way as someone else’s, and that’s fine. Changing your habits is not easy, but it can be done. It’s made simpler when you track your habits through bullet journaling.