Bullet journals and trackers are pretty much synonymous. I think most people who use a bullet journal use a tracker in some form! Some bullet journal trackers to improve your health are simple. For instance, tracking water consumption in your bullet journal is pretty easy! Others bullet journal trackers are much more complicated; they span multiple pages and require a lot of detail. An example of this would be a yearly workout tracker.
Beautiful sleep tracker by Sera on her Instagram!
But the whole point of a tracker, for the most part, is to ignite positive change. Whether you are kicking a bad habit or trying to make better choices, your aim is use bullet journal trackers to improve your health.
Use Bullet Journal Trackers to Improve Your Health
To put it simply, bullet journal trackers to improve your health (in my opinion!) are some of the best ways to create positive change and be healthier.
Why is that? Here are some of the reasons why I believe this.
- You get to set the pace! A lot of programs or other planners tend to have a specific program and pace to complete. And if this pace doesn’t match your needs, it’s potentially setting you up for failure.
- They are easy to adjust if they aren’t working well. You can easily change or remove from week to week or month to month.
- No pressure. It’s easy to get down on yourself if you fall off the bandwagon for a while. However, there’s not really a specific commitment.
- You get to create it! I mean, what is more fun than getting your creative juices flowing for a positive project? You can go all out, or you can choose a minimalist style.
You know yourself better than anybody else. And if you like to plan and organize on your own terms, you’re going to find creating your own health trackers to be a powerful tool in your bullet journal.
Get Started Making Healthy Living Bullet Journal Trackers
You don’t need a lot to create a good tracker. But there are a few things I utilize frequently when creating a tracker.
Just a few of my favorite things!
Assuming you already have a notebook, here are some tools to make some epic bullet journal trackers to improve your health.
A ruler: Many trackers involve creating a lot of lines, graphs, charts, and checklists. If you’re anything like me, I can’t draw a straight line without help. I find a ruler to to be a crucial tool for this process.
Stencils: If you choose to create circular trackers, or maybe some less common layout options, you may find stencils to be another helpful tool for the job.
A nice, sturdy pen: I tend to utilize black fineliners frequently for the task. but you don’t have to use a fineliner. You can even use fineliners in other colors! But fineliners work wonderfully with rulers and stencils, so they are a fantastic choice for drawing up your charts and graphs.
Alright, so now you have everything you need to make great bullet journal trackers to improve your health. Now, here are some fun examples of posts you should consider trying if you don’t know where to start!
If you want other tool suggestions for your bullet journal, please make sure to check out this article of my seven favorite bujo tools! You’ll find many similarities to this post, and a few differences as well.
Bullet Journal Trackers to Observe Your State of Health
If you don’t know yourself, you can’t change as easily. Without understanding your typical health habits in the first place, it’s more challenging to determine what you need to change.
Here are some types of trackers that fall under this category:
Observational Habit Tracker
Observation trackers are actually pretty simple to implement and generally easy to create.
These trackers are bullet journal trackers that solely track your habits. They aren’t so much a call to action but a way to monitor both healthy and unhealthy activities. For instance, maybe you know if you stop showering daily that can be sign of depression. Or maybe the habit tracker indicates you are drinking alcohol maybe a little more frequently than you should.
Love this awesome habit tracker from Dan on his Instagram!
A sleep tracker tracks the amount of sleep you get. There are a variety of layouts to try. The two I’ve turned to are these:
This first one just tracks the time I sleep, time I wake, and length of naps if I take any. I write the data in little boxes as shown.
This particular sleep tracker also houses my goals and my mood tracker!
This second tracker is a full page tracker. Each day has the full day in hours written down, and I highlight the time I sleep. It’s nice because this format is more visual than the list format.
Full page sleep tracker for my October 2017 spread.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health!
If you feel depressed or anxious all the time, you aren’t at your peak of health.
By taking the time to observe mood, you can later determine if you are having troubles. Hopefully then you can seek out measures to help improve your mental health.
Beautiful and creative mood tracker by Brianna on her Instagram!
As a quick aside, my bullet journal has been a lifesaver to my mental health, and I wrote all about it here! Please take a moment and read about my experiences and why you should try a bullet journal if you struggle with mental health.
Do you get migraines? Bad PMS? A symptom tracker is a great observational option to monitor more troubling concerns. But this list can help improve your health by allowing your doctor to have a better feel for your challenges. The hope is more detailed trackers can assist with more beneficial medical treatment.
Bullet Journal Trackers to Monitor Health Adjustments
Yes, you probably can lose weight and cut out sugar without a way to track them. But having a tracker to do this really does make the process a lot easier.
Here are some great examples of bullet journal trackers to improve your health by monitoring adjustments and changes.
Weight Loss Tracker
A weight loss tracker is relatively straightforward; typically it’s a method to chart current weight. Sometimes this will look like a chart, other times it may be a ‘color in the box’ as you hit various weight goals.
Other weight loss trackers go into more specific detail, highlighting inches lost,, fat lost, and other variable measures related to weight loss.
Studies have shown that tracking your food intake can actually help you with weight loss. Yes, a food tracker help you identify your weaknesses and assist with making positive choices. But this article from WebMD also states that it helps you be more mindful about what you consume as well.
Perfect example of a food tracker!
Created by Kim at Sublime Reflections**!
**Kim also has a stellar article about tracking health and fitness in your bullet journal, so make sure to read it here!
Bullet Journal Trackers to Help Remind You to Take Action
So how is an exercise tracker a bit different than the food and weight loss tracker?
Well, typically exercise trackers follow a specific routine that you intend to follow to improve your health.
Love this beautiful fitness tracker by bulletingbird on her Instagram!
Goal trackers are a lot like the observational habit trackers. But instead of just monitoring your habits, a goal tracker is a list of accomplishments you intend to make on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
Love this goal tracker by Caris from Instagram!
How to Organize Bullet Journal Trackers for Your Health
Honestly, you can put your health trackers wherever you’d like.
However, I believe that there is a proper way to organize these trackers for optimization in your bullet journal. (In fact, I’ve even written all about organizing trackers in this blog post!)
Majority of the bullet journal trackers to improve your health will relate directly to your monthly or weekly layouts. I highly recommend that if your health trackers correspond to a specific month, then it’s easiest to maintain it in your monthly layout section.
Same if it you decide to break a health tracker down to a weekly format, you’d instead make it a part of your weekly layout.
Make Yourself More Healthy By Using a Bullet Journal
Healthy skin is important, too!
Beautiful tracker by Shayne on their Instagram!
It’s easy to see how you can create positive changes to your health by using a bullet journal!
I’ll add a quick list of many ways to track health in your bullet journal in case you just need something quick to reference for ideas!
- Quitting smoking (or quitting any bad habit!)
- Meal Planning
- Weight Loss
- Self Care
I’m sure there are many other health trackers that aren’t even on this list!
Do you use other bullet journal trackers to improve your health? I’d love to hear about them, so please tell me in the comment section!