How to use your mood tracker as a personal development tool?
Mood trackers are very popular in the bullet journal community. But what is a mood tracker exactly? What is this tool used for? How does it work? How to use it?
Mood tracker : what is it?
A mood tracker is a tool used to track your mood. I know, I know… mind-blowing! Most of the time, it is a page build on a whole month, on which each day, you record your mood.
Mood tracker : how does it work?
If you Google “mood tracker bullet journal”, you’ll be amazed by how many different kinds of designs you can give a mood tracker. But most of the time, the concept is the same : one box for each day of the month and a color code, each color corresponding to a different mood.
Each day, choose the color of the mood that dominated your day and use this color to fill in the box of the corresponding day. Your boxes can be very common (a simple square) or can adopt a more complex form. The only rule here is to have enough boxes : one for each day. So you can be as creative as you want or a minimalistic as you want!
You can also choose to draw one big pattern and then divide it into the number of days of the month. The “mood mandala” is a perfect example. The final result is gorgeous!
My version of the « mood tracker »
The mood trackers you’ve seen in the first part of this post are gorgeous and super aesthetics! But are they really useful? At the end of the month, we’ve got a beautiful and colorful page… and?
Look at the picture below. It’s a mood tracker from one of my old bullet journals. I was using the “traditional” version of a mood tracker, the one I described before. But if I look at this page, all I can see is something aesthetically pleasing. I can see that on the second, I was “happy”. But why? What happened on this day that made me happy? Was I happy the whole day? I have no idea. I can’t remember!
That’s why I decided to change things up. First, I got rid of the key that was associating a color to a mood. I think that it’s extremely rare to spend a complete day feeling the same way. I replaced this code by a rating system. I give each day a grade based on my global mood for the day.
During my time in college, my teachers kept telling me to justify everything. I guess it became a habit! Each day, in front of the grade, I write down some words to justify this grade.
I think this method gives another level to a mood tracker. It’s not just a beautiful page anymore. By analysing the datas of this page using this method, you’ll be able to focus on what can influence your mood on a daily basis. Mood trackers can be used as a personal development tool.
How to use a mood tracker as a personal development tool?
At the end of the month, I take a moment to analyse my trackers.
First, I focus on the grades I gave to each day and ask myself some questions :
– Has my mood been constant during the whole month?
– Can I spot periods of time where my mood was “+” or “-“?
– Or, on the contrary, the best and the worst grades are isolated?
Once I answered those simple questions, I confront the results with what is written for each day. This way, I can determine the reasons why I was feeling awesome or what caused a crappy day?
Writing down a few words to describe a day and justify a mood allows me to put my finger on what makes me happy and is a great start to try to reproduce a good day. And it works with a bad day as well. Your mood tracker can help you to bring to light details that affect your day in a negative way.
Lastly, my mood tracker is also a nice way to keep track of things. It can work as a memory keeper. I really love to read my notes and go through all of these memories.