Keeping Track with Bullet Journals

If you are anything like me, I love completing tasks and checking them off of my to-do list. it is just such a great feeling to check the box when I’ve finished a project. Over the years, I have enjoyed tracking the progress of meeting specific goals. Bullet journals have helped me complete the goals at a faster rate.

Bullet journals were created by Ryder Carrol and he described the journals as a way, “to help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future.” I mean who couldn’t benefit from anything with that description!?!

I have purchased notebooks in the past that I have dedicated to bullet journals, but I found that I do best with a traditional print planner that has blank pages that allow additional space for a bullet journal.


Bullet journals allow for you to track your progress by checking off an item or coloring in a box. You can make the lists look as simple or ornate as you’d like. Don’t get discouraged when you Google bullet journals and you see some amazing artwork that compliments the tracker. Why the art is pretty, I create trackers that are quite simple with a ruler, a pencil and my favorite Flair pens. The pens add a little color and make a page in my planner a little prettier.

I personally like to keep track of lists with a fun bullet tracker. The ideas are endless of what you can keep track of, just think of a thing or two that you’d like to track. A few thoughts for a tracker are listed below.

  • cleaning schedule for your house

  • books to read

  • Netflix series/movies to watch

  • travel bucket lists

  • savings

  • debt pay-off

  • project progress

  • playlist ideas

  • podcasts

  • meals to make

  • restaurants to try

  • exercise tracker

A few of my favorite topics that I have bullet journals for consist of what to watch on Netflix, an exercise and savings tracker. It really is fun to color in the squares as I make progress.

Whether you make progress towards your end goal on a daily, weekly, monthly or even annual basis, it’s powerful to have a visual of the work you have done to get to your end point.

I highly recommend selecting one area that you’d like to track and give it a shot. If it works for you, create another tracker and keep working towards meeting your goals. Check out my board on Pinterest to get more ideas for your bullet journal! What is one thing in your life that you would like to track?