Lately I’ve been writing about transforming your life and ways to take the first steps in developing healthier patterns. The first step in that transformation is self-reflection. There are many ways to reflect on your past, and there are many suggestions to organize your thoughts/days/months/years. Last year, I chose to keep track of my days in pixels.
I am a big bullet journaler. I love to plan and draw, and I’ve recently found my love of lettering. And so a bullet journal was right up my alley. While researching the best bullet journal pages, I came across this idea to keep a “My Year in Pixels” graph. 😮
It spoke to my math teacher heart.
And so, I pulled out my journal, my fun colored markers, my mini ruler, and I got to work.
Setting Up Your Year in Pixels
I chose six different colors and gave them labels:
TEAL: Energetic, motivated
GREEN: Average, routine
YELLOW: Overwhelmed, anxious
PINK: Low energy, unmotivated
PURPLE: Sensitive, down
RED: Irritable, moody
How to Use a Pixel Graph
Every day, at the end of the day, I reflected on how the day went. What was the overwhelming feeling of the day? Some days, as you can see in the graphic below, I couldn’t decide between two emotions and so I split the day between the two.
But why do this?
Well, I found that it kept me accountable at the end of every day to reflect on my day. What went well? What was I feeling? How could I make tomorrow better? And, it helped to ensure that I wasn’t allowing myself to sit in a funk. Sometimes we can get stuck in a negative thought pattern, and until we call attention to it, we are unable to break the cycle.