In the front of my Wonderland 222 planner there is this “Yearly” page, with little boxes for each day of the year. The whole year is spelled out over just 2 pages.
These boxes don’t leave a lot of room for writing, but I’ve developed a little code system that allows me to track a BUNCH of things in each tiny box. (I track 6 things per box.)
I like this format for tracking certain things vs. my individual monthly habit tracker, because it’s cool to see all the months together, on one spread.
My “code” is spelled out in the lower section. But I use this to track a couple things I want to keep private, so I covered it up. 🙂 Sorry!
I started doing this last year, too, but only got through mid-March before I fell off using it. This year I’m determined to make it all the way!! So far, so good.
It’s just for fun, really. It only takes less than 10 seconds to fill out the box each day, so time should not be a deterrent. And, it’s just an interesting way to look at the data. I am using this to look for trends on some things I want to monitor to see if I can find any correlations or cause and effect.
Here’s a close up of how it looks:
I will share a couple:
- On the far right, if there is a “dot”, that means I walked outside that day.
- If there is an “I”, that means I walked indoors that day (track or treadmill).
I like being able to glance and see little streaks, or lack of streaks. As you can see, January was not a good walking month for me. But, check out April so far! Looking quite good- lots of dots and/or I’s.
- A date “circled” means I did a formal workout (gym or home) that day. (huge gap in March= vacation)
Something new I’ve been trying this year is tracking my overall “mood” for the day. On my tracker above, the mood rating is the third number/letter column.
I rank from 1-5, 1 being bad or lowest mood, 5 being spectacular.
I’m not sure that I’m the best person to do this, because I’m indecisive to a fault. I have an extremely difficult time ranking extremes- so 1 and 5 are almost always off the table. Hahaha.
That usually leaves 2-4.
Yesterday was a 2. I didn’t sleep well, I felt so tired all day that my head was literally bobbing at times during the work day, and I was just cranky/ crabby much of the day after that. So, a definite 2.
But generally, I feel like I default a lot to “3” if it was a pretty average day where I didn’t feel exceptionally great or enthusiastic, but nothing bad happened, either. To me, 3 is just a mostly neutral day. Solid, content, pretty decent day. 3/5.
4 is often an average day, but one that felt like it was just a pretty darn good day overall! Even if it was just a regular workday, I’d rank it a 4 if life just felt nice and smooth that day. Or particularly enjoyable for whatever reason. Just a good mood day.
Like I said, I always feel I have to reserve “5” for something….truly exceptional. Which is silly. What can I say, I’m not a good number ranker.
*Note- I didn’t take this on our trip, so I filled it out after, and had to guess at my mood on those days in March. I decided to just default the entire vacation to a 4. In hindsight, a lot/most of those days definitely deserved to be a 5!! For simplicity’s sake, though, and to not leave any blanks, I just decided to list 4’s all the way down.
It’s a fun little exercise.
I think on the whole I’m a pretty content/ happy person, but I think this could be especially useful for some people. Say, if you noticed that you rank every single workday only a 1 or 2, maybe….you hate your job? Or something about your work/life balance? Or if you never rank any day above a 3, ever, maybe something deeper is going on that you’d want to look at.
Similarly, on a bad day, it could be useful to skim this over and see that just last week you actually had all high ranking days- so maybe life isn’t as grey as it seems today.
Anyone else track their mood?
Thought of the Day:
You cannot go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. 🙂
I am grateful for Google. Not sure how we lived without it. lol.