150+ Habits To Track In Your Bullet Journal

There are dozen upon dozens of different things you can track in your bullet journal. This article is full of habit tracking inspo and more!

There are dozen upon dozens of different things you can track in your planner or bullet journal. It can become incredibly overwhelming to decided what is worth tracking for you. For this reason, this post will walk you through tracking, it’s purpose, and what you can track in your journal!

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Why Track in Your Bullet Journal?

The first question you may have when you begin preparing to track stuff in your bullet journal or planner is why do we track habits and more in our journals? There are countless reasons, most of which might be more specific to you and your needs. However, the biggest common reasons are to build habits, keep habits, and gain insight.

First, habit trackers help us to build habits. So, having a physical tracker that we have to check off regularly helps to keep us accountable in our journey. Habits are incredibly difficult to make and very easy to break. So not only do bullet journal trackers help us to build habits, they help us to keep the habits we have built.

Another reason we track things in our journals is to gain insights. Sometimes, it’s impossible to know how we spend our time or to remember important events without writing them down and tracking them. Further, by keeping track of things like moods or sleep, we can better understand our habits and make positive changes if necessary!

How to Track in Your Bullet Journal

Now that we know why we are tracking, the next step is to figure out how to begin tracking. Here are a few bits of advice I have when you first begin tracking your habits.

The most important bit of advice I have is to start simple. If you start tracking every habit you have and every habit you hope to make all at once, you will fail. If you overload yourself, you are likely to quickly become overwhelmed, discouraged, and give up. However, if you instead, start with only one or two of the most important habits you want to build, you will be more likely to succeed. Once you’ve mastered those few habits, you can easily add more or increase frequency without feeling too overwhelmed.

In addition to taking it slow, it is important to create realistic goals and habits. One example is exercise tracking. If you are living a completed sedentary lifestyle, then suddenly you are expecting yourself to workout every single day AND track every workout you do, how long you do it, and the weights you’ve used, you will likely become overwhelmed. So, perhaps it would be more realistic to workout 4 times a week and simply check off whether or not you’ve done your workouts. Then, as working out becomes a habit you can track time, weight, and go more often. Learn more about creating effective goals with this article.

My last piece of advice is to check your journal every single day. Even if you are not tracking your habits daily, check your journal every day. This helps you build the habit and you will thus, be less likely to miss something important int he future!

Now, let’s get into tracking ideas!

What to Track Daily

  1. Water consumption
  2. Exercise
  3. Steps
  4. Symptoms
  5. Medications
  6. Meals/food
  7. Mood
  8. Self-care
  9. Weather
  10. Spending
  11. Homework
  12. Home cleaning
  13. Social media
  14. Reading
  15. Writing
  16. Journaling
  17. Prayers
  18. Hygiene
  19. Making bed
  20. In bed by
  21. Wake up by
  22. No caffeine
  23. Sleep
  24. No spending
  25. No sugar
  26. Meditation
  27. Manicure or Pedicure
  28. Style Hair
  29. Wash and Moisturize Face
  30. Mental Health Check
  31. Makeup
  32. Hobbies
  33. No Phone Time
  34. Daily Journaling
  35. Compliment Myself
  36. Laugh Today
  37. Watch 1 Episode of Favorite Show
  38. Read
  39. Learn Something New
  40. Quality Time with Family
  41. Educational Play with Kids
  42. Compliment my Husband
  43. Call a Family Member
  44. Call a Friend
  45. No Cigarettes
  46. No Soda
  47. Veggie Servings
  48. No Alcohol
  49. Fruit Servings
  50. Walk Dogs
  51. Play With Cats
  52. Eat breakfast
  53. Pack lunch

What to Track Weekly

  • Groceries
  • Exercise
  • Medications
  • Habits
  • Mood
  • Gratitude
  • Self-care
  • Goals
  • Weather
  • Finances
  • Spending
  • Saving
  • Homework
  • Home cleaning
  • Diet/food
  • Social media
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Assignments
  • Journaling
  • Prayers
  • Hygiene
  • Household tasks
  • Make bed
  • In bed by
  • Wake up by
  • Cook at home
  • No caffeine
  • Sleep
  • No spending
  • No sugar
  • Meditation
  • Meal planning
  • Manicure or Pedicure
  • Style Hair
  • Wash and Moisturize Face
  • Mental Health Check
  • Makeup
  • Hobbies
  • No Phone Time
  • Daily Journaling
  • Compliment Myself
  • Learn Something New
  • Quality Time with Family
  • Educational Play with Kids
  • Compliment my loved ones
  • Call a Family Member
  • Call a Friend
  • No Cigarettes
  • No Soda
  • Veggie Servings
  • Fruit Servings
  • No Alcohol
  • Walk Dogs
  • Play With Cats
  • Declutter
  • Eat breakfast
  • Pack lunch

What to Track Monthly

  • Habits
  • Mood
  • Gratitude
  • Goals
  • Progress
  • Weight
  • Measurements
  • Exercise
  • Medications
  • Self-care
  • Finances
  • Bills
  • Saving
  • Home maintenance
  • Home cleaning
  • Car maintenance
  • Period/menstrual
  • Child height
  • Child weight
  • Assignments
  • Journaling
  • Prayers
  • Hygiene
  • Laundry
  • Household tasks
  • In bed by
  • Wake up by
  • Lessons
  • Cook at home
  • Sleep
  • No alcohol
  • Meditation
  • Meal planning
  • Mental Health Check
  • Hobbies
  • Learn Something New
  • No Cigarettes
  • Walk Dogs
  • Play With Cats
  • No Soda
  • No Alcohol
  • Declutter
  • Eat breakfast
  • Pack lunch

What to Track Yearly

  • Home maintenance
  • Home cleaning
  • Car maintenance
  • Finances
  • Goals
  • Self-care
  • Progress
  • Period/menstrual
  • Child height
  • Child weight

Special Event Tracking

  • Pregnancy
  • Diet
  • Symptoms
  • Race preparation
  • One-time exam preparation
  • Baby milestones
  • Baby teeth
  • Child height
  • Child weight

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Now that you’ve learned more about habit tracking and gained some inspiration, what do you plan to track in your journal? How frequently are you planning to track these habits?

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Why You Should Use the Bullet Journal to Track Finances

There are many things you can do to manage your finances better. Here are some ways a bullet journal can be useful when it comes to your finances.

Many would agree that the hardest part of transitioning into adulthood is managing your own finances. This is especially true for anyone who has been used to the guidance and support of their parents when it comes to money matters.

When people start making and spending their own money, it’s easy for things to get overwhelming and get out of hand. They start signing up for subscriptions, paying bills, taking out and paying loans – the ins and outs, and the flow of money becomes unbearable, and then soon they’re playing catch-up.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to manage your finances better, and having a bullet journal is one of them. The Balance notes that bullet journaling is effective in helping you become organized and productive. Aside from allowing you to express your creativity, it can also be easily made to fit your organizational style. Bullet journals help in making you more productive by allowing you to keep track of your goals, as well as inspired and reminded of your passion and dreams. Here are some ways in which bullet journaling can be useful for you when it comes to your finances:

Keeping Track Of Expenses

When you don’t keep tabs on where your money goes, it usually feels like money magically evaporates into thin air. However, when you do, you get an idea of where every single penny goes and are warier the next time you are spending. Through this practice, you can gain insights about where most of your money goes and decide whether that’s really where you want your hard-earned money to be spent. Forbes states that by keeping track of your expenses, you will be able to balance what you want and need right now and what you want and need in the future. You can also save yourself from the shock at the end of the month when your bank statement comes in because you are able to keep track of things in real-time.

Managing Work and Clients

If you are a freelancer or in a job that involves managing clients, bullet journaling can help. A bullet journal can help you keep track of every new and existing client and the work you have to do for them. Your bullet journal can serve as a personal record of your client’s every want and need. Then you can use the record to better your work and keep them satisfied. It can also help you stay on top of things by providing you with to-do lists and trackers for your weekly or monthly work goals. Through this, you’ll be able to anticipate how much your income for the month will be and adjust your budget accordingly. Your bullet journal can also help you stay on top of client payment schedules.

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Paying Off Your Loans

When you take on a loan, no matter the size, the most important things you need to remember are your payment schedule and to make monthly payments on time. It’s easy to follow this religiously in the beginning, but it’s even easier to fall behind. After a while, you may even feel like your loan repayments are never going to end. Bullet journaling can help you keep track of how many payments you’ve made, and the payments you have left. This is especially useful, as LoanMart Ohio explains that some lenders reduce payment and interest rates automatically each month if you never miss a payment.

Planning Purchases and Finances

Having a bullet journal with functional finance spreads will enable you to see how much money comes in and how much you spend each month. You can track your finances whether it is on rent, groceries, utilities, debt payments, or other monetary obligations. With this, you’ll be able to plan future purchases such as gifts, replacement appliances, and the like. You can plan these purchases without needing to get a loan, sacrificing rent, or taking some money out of your savings. Bullet journaling can be a useful tool when saving up. It is useful because it can help you determine how much money to take out of your income every month. Additionally, it can help you determine how long you should do it to be able to have enough money for a single purchase and especially big ones.

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Staying On Top of Bills

While traditional bullet journals are minimalist, you can release your creative juices. Additionally, you can dedicate a page or two to make a bills-tracking spread. This way, you can easily track whether or not you have paid each bill for each month, effectively keeping you from incurring late fees that could burden your income. If you refer to our post on the ‘22 Financial Tracking Layouts for your Bullet Journal’ you can find many layouts to inspire your own financial tracking spread. You can choose from having a unified monthly tracker that allows you to collate your bills or one that separates utilities, rent, and subscriptions.

Meet The Author

Annie Wu began bullet journaling in college to keep track of all her deadlines. She found that it was just too valuable a habit to kick. Since then, she’s used bullet journaling to keep up with work deadlines, bills, and important events. She works in a humdrum office job in the day and does some freelance writing on the side. She hopes to someday be able to leave her day job and instead write full-time.

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14+ New Year Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.

Each new year marks a brand new beginning full of possibilities. We often put ourselves under a lot of pressure to do the new year right and become discouraged if we fail or falter. To make sure you are planning for your new year correctly, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.

Contract & Goal Planning

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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Here is a great example of a new year goal setting. Not only can you create your goals here, but there is a contract to sign and a system of rewards!

New Year Goals

If you are looking for something more simple, then this goal layout might work better for you. This spread is simple and includes 8 different spots for goals.

New Year Bullet Journal Planning

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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Sometimes the best way to plan for the new year is to plan out how you will plan in that year. Now is the perfect time to reevaluate your planning system and make changes where necessary.

Future Planner

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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Future logs are great ways to look ahead at major events. This future log mixes a year at a glance style with something that would include more space to write in events.

Recentering in the New Year

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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The new year is also a great time to re-evaluate your self-care plans. Look at what you are currently doing, add new self-care practices that will work better and remove stuff that doesn’t benefit you.

New Year Goals

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Another great way to plan your new year goals is to categorize them. This spread breaks down goals into six sections: other skills, physical health, mental health, career, relationships, and art & hobbies. However, you can pick whatever goal categories you would like!

Holiday & Event Planning

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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Similar to a future log, this spread mixes a year at a glance with holidays and major events. Not only are the dates listed but so is the event and the day of the week it falls on. This is a great way to plan your year out in advance.

Healthy Habit Planning

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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Another great bullet journal layout for the new year is a habit tracker. There are dozens of ways to keep track of your habits but one of the most common is the monthly style. Here is one simple example, but you can find more habit trackers HERE.

Level 10 Life

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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The level 10 life is the perfect layout for the new year. If you haven’t heard of this goal and productivity spread, read more about it here. However, its the perfect spread to add to the beginning of your planner.

Future Log Calendex

Here is my personal favorite version of the future planner. The calendex is a great visual for the year. Additionally, it is broken into months and weeks.

Creative Goals

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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I love this goal page because it is not just a list of goals. It is more creative and visual including images, color, and varied fonts. If you are interested in something more creative, then something like this will work perfectly for you!

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Important Dates Log

Here is yet another example of a future log. This one is perfect for a birthday, event, and holiday tracking.

Year At A Glance

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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I love a good mantra or encouraging quote. This spread does a great job of starting off the year strong with a strong mantra.

Year of Bills Tracking

Last, but certainly not least, a bill tracker is a perfect layout for your next bullet journal. No matter who you are, it is likely that you have expenses that you ought to track. This is one of my favorite bill trackers and the one I personally use. in my bullet journals.

What layouts do you use in your new year spread? Let us know in the comments! Love checking out our bullet journal ideas? Get more inspiration HERE.

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Grace’s Grief Journal Plan-with-Me

For Grace's grief journal, I used many different colors. Further, the layouts involved include quote pages, Bible verse pages, quarterly habit trackers...

Katie ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner for Grace to be a grief journal. Grace’s planner is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover in Emerald. I used many different colors when making this notebook. Further, the layouts involved include quote pages, Bible verse pages, quarterly habit trackers, prayer pages, and grief and gratitude pages. Here you can read more about Grace’s planner and learn some about grief. 

What Is Grief?

This is a grief journal, but what exactly is grief? Well, according to Wikipedia, grief is ” multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond or affection was formed.” Generally, this refers to a loss by death, but can actually refer to any loss. This particular notebook was created for a death-loss but could be modified to any kind of loss. Let’s jump into the notebook!

Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Grace’s custom planner.

Watercolor Title Page

Grace’s title layout is a red, pink, orange, and yellow watercolor title page. For the header, “Grace” is in a calligraphy font. Then, below the header is a little decorative swirl.

Quarterly Habit Tracking

The habit tracker for this notebook includes ten habits for four months at a time. There are four in the notebook spread out throughout evenly. The habits being tracked are in teal print lettering and the main header is brush lettered.

Quote & Scripture Pages

Quotes and Scripture pages appear throughout the notebook and are generally paired with a journaling prompt or journaling prompt page. The quotes and scriptures vary as well as the tools used to decorate the page. Some examples include washi tape, watercolor paint, photos, etc. Below are the pages that feature only a quote or scripture. The remainder of these pages can be viewed in the Journaling Prompts section below. Regardless of the style and set up of these pages, the focus and theme throughout is grief and healing.

  • I believe in you.
  • My flesh and my heart may fail but GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
  • The world is too big to stay in one place and life is too short to do just one thing.
  • Do what they think you can’t do.
  • I am in alignment with my purpose.
  • You won’t ever be your old self again…
  • You are growing into a ‘new self’ a new self that is born out of that grief.
  • Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.
  • Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
  • Every Moment by Joy William. We laughed out loud till we cried | and the tears were sweet | midnight melted to morning | a moment faded to memory | all these days just slip away through our fingers | so, don’t let go | hold on to every moment | always know | hold on to every moment that you can | we move on with no regrets to our destiny | held by the hands of the father | we share his love and he leads us through | all these days | ’cause they slip away through our fingers | so | so don’t let go | hold on to every moment | always know | hold on to every moment that you can.
  • You saw me take my first breath and saw you take your last.
  • When you can’t find the sunshine be the sunshine.
  • I am okay.
  • Sometimes we just need some time in a beautiful place to clean our head.
  • Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. take my yoke upon you, and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11: 28-30
  • You’ll find this as you grieve: some days you’ll have the strength to dive deep and Jesus will meet you there. other days you’ll barely manage a nudge in his direction – and he’ll meet you there too. His grace is being enough for both.
  • Your mistakes don’t define you.
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to god. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ. Philippians 4: 6-7
  • Find joy in the journey.
  • Don’t think about what might go wrong, think about what might go right.
  • it’s okay to stop and just be.
  • Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.
  • Find your tribe, love them hard.
  • Relax, Refresh, Reconnect.
  • Sometimes it’s okay if the only thing you did today was breathe.
  • One day at a time.

Journaling Prompts

Journal Prompts include grief and general self-care related prompts to help Grace journal about various topics. I have included nearly all the different prompts. Further, these prompt pages are generally paired with quotes or scripture pages as well which are also focused on grief and healing.

  • I find comfort in…
  • Two moments I will never forget are…
  • Today I enjoyed…
  • If my body could talk, it would say…
  • I feel energized when…
  • I am happiest when…
  • Today was good because…
  • I feel safe when…
  • Today I…
  • A memory that makes me smile…
  • My best qualities are…
  • Today I smiled because…
  • I wish I had told you…
  • I can depend on…
  • Today I feel…
  • The hardest part is…
  • My goal for this week is…
  • I am okay because…
  • I want to remember…
  • I smile because…
  • You taught me to…
  • When I think about you, I feel…
  • When I wake up I…
  • If I could change one thing…
  • Today I will be…

Prayer and Grief and Gratitude Pages

These prayers and grief and gratitude pages include two specific journaling pages. The first (generally the left page) is for prayers. Then, the second (generally the right page) is for grief and gratitude journaling. These pages make up a majority of this notebook.

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