Ever since I discovered bullet journaling, I have been tracking my habits. Not just a few habits, but as many habits as humanly possible (which I do not recommend). If you are a planner person, you may or may not know the difficulties of keeping up with such a task year around.
Recently, I have been doing a horrible job at actually accomplishing my trackers and keeping up with them. With already weeks into the new month, I knew I needed to change how I go about tracking or at least challenge myself in some way to get the ball rolling on how often I track.
Instead of attempting to create a new graph or layout in my bullet journal for this month, I decided to try out tracking habits in a digital format. I figured this would be a nice stepping stone to understanding digital planning and a fun way to experience my tracking.
At first I really didn’t have a plan or even an idea of how I would go about tracking so many habits for the month. I also had no idea what to expect coming into a new creative platform. I knew that if I did want to accomplish such a daunting task, it had to be as simple as possible.
So after hours of scrolling on Pinterest and a couple brain farts, I finally nailed down what I hope to be the most effect way of tracking pretty much everything and anything.
I ended up utilizing graph paper for my trackers this month so that I would be able to clearly see how well I was doing throughout the month. I used my iPad Pro, a 1st generation Apple pencil and a app called GoodNotes. I went with a horizontal tracking system that gave one graphing box per day for my habits.
This tracking system is in no way new to the bullet journaling world and I have utilized this way of tracking before in my paper planner. Using something familiar on a new platform is a really great way to transition and try out a new method of getting organized.
As of right now, having to go back and forth from a paper planner to a digital tracking system is more difficult than I anticipated since everything is not in one place. However, I would like to try digital bullet journal planning in the future so I know going back and forth is just temporary.
Although everything is somewhat scattered, I will say it has been extremely fun to create and track digitally. I have a lot of practice to do in order to get my digital spreads to look cohesive with my paper spreads, but I am excited and ready for the creative challenge.
One thing I have implemented into my tracking to make things easier is marking off habits with an X if I didn’t do them and filling in the box if I did do the habit. When I visits my habits everyday I am referring to my goals everyday, even if I didn’t do anything I was hoping to do. This also visually defines what I have been doing well in and is a great tool to have for the end of the month.
I really enjoy the idea of using less paper compared to having notebooks stacked up either in my bag or on my shelf. Not only do notebooks get heavy, they require other writing supplies that come with weight to them. After your done filling them, they just sit on a shelf never to be looked at again.
When going digital you really only need one or two things to get started. Having access to a digital planner is more and more accessible as technology becomes a social norm. For example, google calendar is a free digital planner that comes with any gmail account. Although it does not have a huge range of creative freedom, it is a great way to get organized.
If you are a planner person struggling with habits, I recommend trying out some digital platforms to spice up your planner for the remaining of the year. The worst thing that can happen is you find out it isn’t for you.
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