Do You Need An Annual Tracker In Your Bullet Journal?

The short answer to this question is no! You don’t need to add anything to your journal that you don’t want to. Whenever you are considering adding a spread to your bullet journal, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Will I use it?
  2. Is it useful to me?
  3. Will it bring me joy?

If you don’t answer yes to at least one of these then don’t include it!

Laying out a tracker for the year

There are two main styles of annual tracker – A year in pixels (see left pic) and a monthly calendar style (see right pic).

Do I need a key?

If the thing you are tracking has a range of responses (I.e mood, weather, number of steps) then you will need to add a key to explain what each colour or symbol means.

What can I track?

There are no real limits to what you can track, but remember it should be useful to you! Here are a few ideas:

  • Weather
  • Mood
  • Steps
  • Heath
  • Habits
  • Menstruation
  • Water Intake
  • Exercise
  • No Spend
  • Savings
  • Reading
  • Sleep

Remembering to complete your tracker

For me, this is the most difficult step of having an annual tracker! Here are a few strategies you may want to try…

  • SET A REMINDER – On your phone or computer, to remind you to complete the tracker each day.
  • HABIT STACK – Combine completing your tracker with a habit you do every day without fail! (i.e. maybe you complete it each morning when you have a coffee).
  • ADD A WEEKLY TRACKER – Add a tracker to your weekly set-up and copy over the result to your annual tracker at the end of the month.

Confession time!

I have been journaling for 8 years and have never completed an annual tracker in my Bullet Journal.

I love the idea of having a completed tracker at the end of the year but never remember to complete it.

This year I will not be including one in my journal setup – what about you?

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Published by OopsaDaisyUK

I live in Essex in the UK with my gaggle of furry friends including Daisy the dog. I have had lifetime passion/obsession for beautiful stationery and to do lists which has lead me to the wonderful world of Bullet journals. When I first starting bullet journaling it struck me the lack of UK based resources for journal accessories which lead me to create my own. I know have my very own webshop selling my hand made journal stencils and ship all over the world and am just as enthusiastic as I ever was about stationery and organisation!!

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