Can the trendy bullet journal move us away from just tracking our steps?

Ever since the “BuJo” has taken off as a 2016 trend, I’ve been curious about where journal-keepers would take its graphing and data tracking elements. Will this feature of bullet journals be a carryover of the quantified self metrics we track electronically such as sleep patterns, physical steps, number of exercise sessions, diet? Or can the bullet journal’s data sections capture something even more profound, intimate, and with the potential for progress with emotional health, friendships, career success and change, and/or social good?

The promise of the bullet journal is its privacy—“hacking” a paper journal seems harder than having an app or web journal accessed these days—and it takes competition and gamification/marketing out of the equation. If you can track something about your life and know that the accuracy and uses of those data are yours and yours alone, there are so many directions to take that power.

Which metrics are you considering or already tracking in your bullet journal? Have you decided to share your bullet journal with other people to stay motivated on goals, or does the tactile/private nature of the practice appeal to you?

I’m trying to use less water, so I track whether my showers are completed under my sand timer’s deadline.

And I’m also trying to justify to myself how much I spent on a folding Oru Kayak, so I track cost per paddle.

Philadelphia by boat, August 2016.
Philadelphia by boat, August 2016.