How effective is a mood tracker?

Hey guys! Today I want to talk to you about tracking your mood in the bullet journal. This is something I only started doing in January but so far I’ve really enjoyed the process.

When I created my first one, I’d been inspired by Kayla from planningwithkay who tracks her mood in conjunction with writing about her day in one line. The one line restriction is great for people who might not be as inclined to write much about their day. I tried that in January, but for February I wanted to try a dedicated mood tracker on a single page. I used my Dear Lily Designs heart stencil to create the page and I was really happy with the result.

February’s mood tracker. It wasn’t a good month for me. Lots of pressure with a couple classes and naturally not enough rest. I did have some pretty productive days though!

What’s cool about the mood tracker is that I’ve found a direct link between my mood and sleep patterns. I wear a Fitbit to bed so it tracks my sleep patterns. When I wake up and it’s been a restless night, it’s evident in my mood. I’m more sluggish, more cranky, and no matter what I do that day isn’t usually that great for me. I have to push myself more to get anything productive done. When I accomplish a lot despite my mood, I congratulate myself and often journal about it separately.

March mood tracker. I was sick during those three awful pink days, and sleeping restlessly. So glad that’s over!

For me having a mood tracker has been great because it made me aware of the correlation between the two and I’d honestly never given it much thought in the past. It might be a no-brainer, but seeing it in color has been helpful.

I can also go back and review that day to see what happened and how I can do better in the future. It helps me try and do my best, no matter my mood. If it helps improve it, all the better. If not, I always tell myself that tomorrow will be a better day, then make it my goal to get a better night’s rest that night. The mood tracker is a great visual to see these patterns over time.

I got about four hours of sleep last night and it shows. I feel lethargic and not too cheerful about the work I need to get done today. Tomorrow will be better though! I want more of Prismacolor 906!

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