Which trackers should I have in my BuJo?

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The bullet journal system is not only a way to organize your tasks and plan your days, it's also a great way to track progress with goals and check which habits you are keeping up with or not. 
But,  it's also very confusing when you are just starting and you could quickly find yourself overwhelmed looking at all those amazing trackers that pops on Pinterest. 

One of the most commonly asked question by BuJo novices is. "Which trackers should I include in my bullet journal". 
Are they essential? Is it really mandatory to have all the trackers? Or any at all? What is the whole deal with mood trackers, gratitude logs, and what not? 

The beauty of keeping a bullet journal is that it can be as tailored made for you as you want and you are really free to do as you please in it, there is no right or wrong. 

Right now, my tracker page looks like this : 

I realised last year that daily trackers don't work for me and I couldn't care less about tracking the days I workout (not much of that happening in 2020), how many times a week I post on Instagram or any other daily task. 
It works for some, for me it's tedious and I don't benefit from that kind of tracking at all. I'd rather have a "dashboard page" at the start of the month where I list my goals, the books I am currently reading, the new movies I watched and how many Skillshare classes I took (to make sure I make the most of my membership).
Once a book has been read, I put a sticker or a tick right next to it so that I know how many books I read simply by jumping from dashboards to dashboards. 

In my second BuJo I tracked the movies and book read on a yearly spread : 

I also had a gratitude log page, a mood tracker, and on each weekly spreads I attempted to track my workouts, I also tracked my weight (which made sense then but not anymore) and attempted to stay organised with meal planning. I was also tracking my blog's Google analytics stats every months. 

The first one to get sacked was the mood tracker...this one made ZERO sense to me because about 99% of the time I'm happy, upbeat and if I have a moment of sadness it's just for an hour or if I am PMSing, tracking all that was time consuming for exactly no benefits to me whatsoever. 

Over the years I kept the things I tracked lower and lower, or rather I stopped making elaborate trackers for them because it uses a lot of pages, and it take time to make a pretty tracker. 

If you read my blog post about the ideal number of page in a BuJo, you know I am a "One year, one book" type of person, so the more trackers I used, the more pages it ate, and the lesser chance of having everything fit in just one book. 
This year I am keeping my BuJo in an Archer & Olive journal, which has 160 pages, the lowest amount I ever had. 
This pushed me to be VERY creative about how I track things that matter. 

I still like to keep track of my Google analytics trends, and see how my Instagram audience grows from months to month, but those numbers can go on the "Monthly calendar spreads" in a neat little box instead of having a whole extra page dedicated to it.
As I said, I like keeping track of what I read, watch and learn and that is what the monthly dashboard is for. 
I still do a gratitude log, but not on a separate page, I include it in the weekly spread this year. In each "day box" I add the pain thing I am grateful for each day, just below the task completed, and I write it in a special gold pen. 
I also keep track of all my sales and write where I made a sale and for how much on each days they happen, and then total the amount earned at the end of the week in the "Notes box" just so I get a kick of how my business is growing. 

I no longer track my cash expenses because since 2020 not much of that has happened, we pay everything online. I also stopped tracking workouts because again, not much of that happening considering I prefer going for long power walks or go swimming and hate doing any kind of gym workout indoors. 

Know what you want to track

The first place to start to know which trackers to use is to know WHAT you want to keep a log of. Is there a habit you are trying to build or break? Something you are doing that you want to see grow on paper? Are you wondering how many books you read a year? Are you planning on saving money for a big purchase and want to track your progress toward that goal? Are you prone to intense mood swings and want to start tracking them to see if there is a pattern? 

Just write down all the things you really want to have a visual tracker for and then decide how you want to track them. 

Is it something you can keep on a yearly page? Or do you need it inside your weekly spread? If you are saving for a house for example, you could have a yearly tracker where you color the tracker as you progress. But, if your goal is to make sure you drink 8 glasses of water a day, you are better off including this one in your weekly spread. 
Monthly goals and trackers can either go on the monthly calendar page if you do these, or on the monthly dashboard page at the start of each month. 

The best way to keep up with your tracking habit is to have the tracker for a specific goal where it matters, and where you will need to see it often.

If it's broken, throw it

If you realise at any point that you do not benefit from tracking a trend, goal or habit, just chunk it! Make room in your BuJo for what matters. 
Every year I end up doing small changes along the way and reassess what I will kill or carry over in the next year's journal.

Just because everybody on Pinterest seem to be doing cute and elaborate mood trackers or life goals trackers, it doesn't mean you have to do it. 
You might find that you's benefit a lot more from having a menu idea page at the beginning of each month than you would having a PMS mood tracker, or that having a cleaning schedule chart to stay on top of your household make a lot more sense than tracking how many times a month you remember to meditate. 

We all have different organizing needs and ways to keep up with everything in our lives...heck! We all have very different lives, and this is why no two BuJo will ever look the same or track the same thing. 

The only thing to keep in mind, is to make your journal work for you and have fun with it.

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