How to Use a Year in Pixels Tracker Effectively

How to Use a Year in Pixels Tracker Effectively

So, you’ve decided to include a new Year in Pixels tracker into your planner. Good choice, girl! (If you don’t know what a Year in Pixels is, check out this post from Shelby of who explains it perfectly!)

It’s all set up and you’re looking forward to using it. It’s been a week or two since you started, and then you realize something: it’s also been a while since you actually filled it in.

Trust me – I totally get that. It happens! Adding a little tiny task to your day like filling in your Year in Pixels can fall through the cracks very easily. Seriously, I even have some blank spaces in my 2018 Year in Pixels, too!

And that situation is exactly what inspired this post. I truly think that Year in Pixels trackers are one of the best tools to track and understand your emotions over a long period of time, and I want it to work successfully for you!

Keep reading for my five tips on how to use a Year in Pixels tracker effectively. 🙂

1. Put the Tracker Right By the Week in Your Planner that You’re Using

This tips works best when you have a planner like The Happy Planner that utilizes the disc system. You can move pages around when you have a planner like that!

Related: Why The Happy Planner is the Best One to Use

This tips works best when you have a planner like The Happy Planner that utilizes the disc system. You can move pages around when you have a planner like that!

I think it is a lot easier to remember to fill out your Year in Pixels when it’s already very close to the week you’re already on. That way, you don’t have to flip through a gazillion pages to get to the two separate pages!

It’s a little thing, but having to put aside that extra amount of “work” of flipping pages (yes, I did just say that turning pages takes work, lol) makes you want to do it more!

2. Make the tracker “pretty”

I say pretty in quotation marks because I don’t want you to think that I’m talking about *one* standard of a pretty Year in Pixels.

Pretty is whatever it means to you! It just needs to make you feel good to look at, and make you want to fill it out each and every day.

Personally, I love pops of bright color. So I make my tracker full of bright and amazing colors!

Maybe you like darker tones, or you love a good black and white design, or you just like to keep it as simple as possible!

Just think about what sort of design will make you want to look at it every day with excitement and not dread going to fill it out.

3. Make filling out the tracker a part of one your routines

You probably have some sort of a routine that you do every single day, right? Add the task of filling in your Year in Pixels tracker to that routine!

If you have a specific planner routine, you can add the tracker to that. (Don’t have a planner routine? Learn how to make one here.) Or maybe if you have a morning routine, fill in the tracker from the day before during that time! If you’re a night routine person, fill in your tracker during that time.

Last year, my routine was to set up my planner at night for the next day, so I’d fill in my tracker and journal during that time.

I think it’s the best idea to simply add the tracker to a routine that you already have because that’s a lot easier than trying to make a whole new routine. (Not that I’m against that, but we’re trying to make things easier over here!)

No matter what kind of routine you have, add your Year in Pixels to it to make sure you get it done every single day!

4. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day in your tracker

I think a key part of being able to use your tracker to analyze your emotions is to have it filled out as much as possible – BUT! That doesn’t mean that you need to get upset at yourself if you miss a day.

A couple of squares in your tracker can be empty if that’s what ends up happening. It isn’t life or death. Like I said earlier, even I have some blank spots in my Year in Pixels! Yep…your girl makes mistakes, too. Don’t worry.

If that does happen, though, I encourage you to take a second and figure out why you missed those days. Understanding the cause of it can help you prepare for times ahead and get better! Don’t allow it to really upset you – start doing something about it and continue filling in the rest of your boxes!

5. Print out a template instead of making your own

Don’t get me wrong – I love a good crafty time. I live for it!

But I also understand that not everyone is into that. Sitting down to make a whole year long tracker and design it can seem like too much work.

Because I seriously believe in the value of a Year in Pixels, though, and I think you need to have a copy one way or another.

If you don’t want to design one yourself, print one out! And lucky for you, I made one just for you. 🙂

You can get a Year in Pixels template below + a habit tracker template!

And by the way, if you want to see how I designed one of my Year in Pixels, find it here!

Those are my 5 tips on how to use a Year in Pixels effectively!

Do you have any other tips? I’d love for you to share them in the comments! And don’t forget to let me know if these tips help you. 🙂

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