Here are six ideas for creating a mood tracker bullet journal:
- Big, colorful words to describe how you’re feeling
- Year in Pixels to assign moods to each day
- Line graphs for weekly or monthly mood tracking
- An artistic approach that uses various object drawings and color trackers
- Mood Tracker Tetris
- Day of the Week Flower Petals
Mood tracker bullet journal pages are a great way to show yourself some love by tracking the state of your mental health. It allows you to determine how best to move forward in your day based on how you’re feeling in the moment, whether that’s negative, positive, or somewhere in between.
Mood tracker bullet journal entries are a great way to express how you’re feeling, vent those feelings down on paper, and then see them in a visual, organized, and thoughtful way. These trackers may even stop bad feelings right in their path!
In this article, learn more about implementing the six different ideas for mood tracker bullet journal entries mentioned above.
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1. Create a Spread with Big, Colorful Words to Describe How You’re Feeling
In this type of mood tracker spread, you’ll want to head to this section each day and write a word that corresponds to how you’re feeling. Maybe it’s happy, ecstatic, frustrated, delirious, upset, or exhausted.
At this point, some people choose to organize their thoughts even further by assigning a color to the word that corresponds with a particular area of their life. For example:
Red = Personal
Purple = Work
Blue = Leisure
So, for instance, if you were feeling frustrated at work, you’d write the word “frustrated” on your mood tracker spread – as decoratively as you’d like – in the color purple. Next to it, write the day’s date.
Continue this each day, and your mood tracker spread will soon fill up with colorful words. If you come upon a day when you’re feeling frustrated at work again, just mark that day’s date next to the word.
By the end of the month, you’ll be able to quickly glance at this spread to get a general understanding of where your emotions lie for those 30 days. Visually, you’ll see how often you felt frustrated at work and perhaps decide to make a change.
To see this type of mood tracker in action, take a look at this clip from Erin Floto Designs.
2. Year in Pixels to Assign Moods to Each Day
Year in Pixels is a design that a woman named Camille de Carnets first thought of and shared to her Instagram account @passioncarnets. Her bullet journals are beautiful, and you can take a literal page from her book by adding a Year in Pixels page to your bullet journal.
To create a Year in Pixels mood tracker page, create 12 columns, one for each month of the year. Beneath those columns, list out 31 rows for each day of the month. Some months will be shorter; others will be longer. That’s okay, just get them all down on paper.
Next, create your key. Your key colors should each correspond to a mood. You can track as many moods as you like. You don’t need to know all of your moods upfront. As you feel something new each day, add a new key item.
The key should use colors that are easily differentiated. This way, when you glance back at your year, you can quickly see mood patterns.
Find the corresponding day and month and color in a square corresponding to your mood’s color for each day.
To see how this looks in action, check out the Little Coffee Fox, a blog focused on helping people be productive and creative in their daily lives.
3. Line Graph Mood Trackers
To create a line graph mood tracker, turn your bullet journal so that the page has a horizontal layout instead of vertical. You’ll want the horizontal space to chart out your graph, especially if you plan to chart an entire month.
To begin, create a horizontal list of numbers for each day of the month. Now, on your Y access (vertical listing), decide how you want to assign meaning to your emotions.
You can do this through emojis such as three different faces: one smiles, one is straight-faced, and one is sad. Or you can do this by assigning a number to your mood: 1 would mean that you’re absolutely feeling terrible, and 10 would mean you’re feeling elated. You’d number 1-10 on your Y-axis.
As you progress through the month, add a dot under the corresponding day that aligns with where your mood falls on the Y-axis. As each day passes, connect the dots.
By the end of the month, you’ll have a handy graph that shows you exactly how you felt that month through a series of downs, and hopefully, plenty of ups, too.
Check out the PDF version from Black Dog Institute, a center focused on researching mental health to see how this would layout.
4. Artistic Drawing Mood Trackers
If you’re more of the artistic type and line charts and graphs don’t appeal to you, you’ll love this drawing version of a mood chart. It uses various objects, from cacti to leaves to feathers, to give you a nice picture at the end of each month.
To begin, let’s use the cacti example. You’d create a drawing of cacti with as many ridges as there are days in your mood tracker. If you’re only tracking a week, this might be a drawing of one cactus with seven ridges. If you’re tracking a month, you may draw four different cacti, each with seven ridges.
Assign one date to each ridge.
Create a color key with colors that correspond to your moods. You don’t have to list all your moods and corresponding colors at once. You can add colors to your key as the month progresses.
Each day, fill out the day’s corresponding cactus ridge with a color or pattern corresponding to your key.
By the end of the month, you’ll have a colorful page of beautiful cacti! See an example of this type of mood tracker via printables available on Etsy.
Falling leaves also make for a gorgeous mood tracker. To create a falling leaves mood tracker in your bullet journal, draw as many falling leaves as there are days in the month, descending the page.
Create a key with colors that correspond to your moods. Then, assign a color (or multiple, depending on your mood) to each leaf. The colorful leaves will decorate your page by the end of the month. You’ll have a visual documentation of how you felt that month.
5. Mood Tracker Tetris
This mood tracker is for all of the video game fans out there!
Mood Tracker Tetris is a way to track your daily moods over the course of a month by assigning each mood a Tetris block shape. Stack your Tetris blocks along the bottom of the page in a way that fits together. Now, mood tracking is a game!
To create a Tetris mood tracker, draw a key at the top of your entry. Each Tetris block has a specific color and shape corresponding to a certain mood.
As each day progresses, choose the shape that corresponds to your mood, and find a way to physically fit it into your Tetris game board beneath. This mood tracker gets more challenging as the month goes on as you try to fit your game pieces into your puzzle.
As you add a piece each day, number each piece to correspond to that day’s date.
Tetris mood tracking is a good option if you’re only trying to track up to seven moods. The traditional video game of Tetris only has seven different pieces.
Shutterstock, a stock photo and stock illustration website, offers a downloadable template to see a Tetris mood tracker in action.
6. Day of the Week Flower Petals
Bullet journal fans love the mood tracker that uses flowers to correspond to each day of the week. This colorful exercise is similar to the cacti and leaf trackers but is easier to track day of the week patterns.
In this type of mood tracking, each flower corresponds to a day of the week. If there are five Mondays in one month, the Monday flower will have five petals. If there are only four Tuesdays in one month, the Tuesday flower will have four petals.
Create a key with colors that correspond to your moods.
Each day, fill out the corresponding petal of the day of the week flower with your mood’s color.
At the end of the month, you may see patterns that emerge on certain weekdays. Is your entire Thursday flower green, the color that you assigned to stress? Perhaps you’ll add some meditation into your Thursday routine.
Mood tracking doesn’t have to be a laborious endeavor with a bullet journal. You can make it as simple or as creative as you want it to be. Generally, you’ll want to track how you’re feeling every day, though, so you can visually see patterns in your moods and behavior. This self-love and self-awareness practice is a healthy way to cope with mental health issues.