So you’ve got a pile of books on your shelf, or maybe you’ve got a list of books to read that you never really got to. Something that may help you is a book tracker. I wanted to learn more about it too, so I did some research and compiled it here.
What is a bullet journal book or reading tracker? The book tracker is a collection or spread you can incorporate into your bullet journal. It helps you track the books you want to read, or if you’re done, you can log those that are finished. It’s mainly used to establish the habit of reading for the individual.
There are many benefits to reading and it’s incorporation into your bullet journal may help you keep track and develop the habit. I’ve written down all my research below, in hopes that it can help you or someone looking to develop the same habit I’m trying to instill in myself.
- 1 Get to know the Bullet Journal Book Tracker More
- 2 The Benefits Of Reading And Its Effects On You
- 3 How To Make A Bullet Journal Book And Reading Tracker
- 4 Tips On Customizing Your Reading and Book Tracker
- 5 Conclusion And Some Creative Ideas You Can Try
Get to know the Bullet Journal Book Tracker More
If we’re on the same page here, you’re trying to learn more about the book tracker as well.
There have been numerous studies on the effect of reading, and the benefits are something that can greatly improve one’s quality of life. It leads to a better mindset, literary skills, and better relationship all around.
Who wouldn’t want that.
I’m sure the benefits of reading a good book isn’t lost to you, but down below I listed some benefits you may have overlooked that I came across during my research for this post.
The simplest way I can put it is that a book or reading tracker is a tool used to track the current book you are reading and want to read. It doesn’t necessarily have to be that one definition, and people have expanded on that in so many ways, which I’ll discuss further below.
If you’ve done the same as me and did a quick search, I’m sure you already came across the dozens of beautiful ideas when it comes to book or reading trackers. And while I would like to make spreads as elaborate and masterful as those, unfortunately, I am artistically challenged.
But don’t worry, during my long search around the net, I also compiled the best way for a beginner, or someone like me, to start.
These spreads don’t need to be particularly artistic, or something you would hang in a museum, all that’s important is that it works for you. Of course that doesn’t mean that you put in on a crumpled piece of paper and bring it everywhere.
Remember, much like everything else in the bullet journal, there is no one right way. That includes starting on the darn thing as well. That means no matter how inartistic you are, all of these tools are accessible to you.
The bullet journal is minimalistic in nature. All the artistry are the twists and expressions of individuality that the people from the bujo community brings.
By the way, bujo is the combination of the words bullet journal.
If you’re new to the whole bullet journal thing, a bullet journal is a productivity system that also prioritizes mindfulness. You can start one in any notebook and the system itself is so flexible that you can customize the contents of your notebook to whatever suits you.
It’s effectiveness and analog nature have gotten many people hooked and a community quickly formed.
If you’ve gone around Instagram and Pinterest, you’ve probably seen the hashtag or words bujo community, well, that’s them.
Given the benefits of the bullet journal itself, something like the book or reading tracker is a good tool to make the most of a bullet journal.
The Benefits Of Reading And Its Effects On You
Reading books are fun and all, but aside from the entertainment it brings it also has a lot more to give. Various studies have been conducted and almost all have come to the same results.
If you’re a beginner with all this, I hope listing this down further encourages you to pick up a book.
Here are some of the benefits of reading that may interest you into further developing this habit.
- Makes you more emotionally intelligent
- Increases positivity
- Improves vocabulary and communication skills
- Lowers stress
- Alleviates symptoms of depression
- Memory improvement
- It’s free real estate.. I mean entertainment. It’s free entertainment.
Makes You More Emotionally Intelligent
This is directly related to the imagination needed to envision what you’re reading. It helps you picture the environment the book is conveying to you, the characters that move the story along, and the events that transpire.
All in all, this lets you experience what the characters on the page are going through. This converts into the real world very well, letting you connect to people more empathically and understanding people better.
This has very serious real world applications and it has been said that having high EQ is more sought out than IQ.
This has to do with the element of escapism we experience when reading books… well, good books.
If you read the right books, more often than not you’re transported into the pages of the books. You’re allowed to experience what the character is experiencing and, therefore, spend less time in your head.
If you’re like me, your head could be a very busy place and less time there would be greatly welcomed.
Improved Vocabulary and Writing Skills.
Reading is imperative if you’re a writer, whether hobby or professional. Of course, you probably already knew this if you were.
It helps you emulate your favorite writer, and helps you visualize the world you have in your head.
If you’re a fantasy, romance, or mystery writer, then you can’t argue the positive effects of reading a good book in your genre for your writing.
Niel Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson, and any other writer will tell you this.
However, for the casual reader, this may have a significant effect for any kind of writing and communication skills.
Writing has always had various applications in the office, and everywhere else. The bonus with this is that it also improves your speaking skills.
There have been various sources that claimed these effects once they began to take up reading as a habit.
This also has to do with the element of escapism that reading brings. It helps you focus less on the things that are battering your mind and lets you have time for yourself.
Alleviates Symptoms of Depression
While this isn’t a cure all, the element of escapism also plays a part here.
People with this condition have often felt trapped in their head, this may be a good solution for that. However, also remember that this is just a tool to be used with many others to help you beat the condition or at least keep it at bay.
When you read, the brain continuously works and fires all those synapses, establishing new connections and overall improving the performance of the brain.
You can imagine all the practical applications this benefit can have for you.
Reading has been said to be effective in keeping conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease at bay.
It’s Free Entertainment
Well, who doesn’t want free entertainment?
Though not exactly free, it does allow you to have experiences that would others cost you a fortune. It can last for hours and you can go back to it over and over again.
Many of these benefits tie into one another and have a sort of domino effect. The important thing to know is that reading has an all around positive effect on you.
Well known CEO’s and successful people are said to read one book a week. While this is definitely an overachiever’s dream, this doesn’t mean you can’t read a book a month and build it from there.
Unless you read the book the whole day instead of work, I say read on.
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How To Make A Bullet Journal Book And Reading Tracker
As I have said, there are many ways to approach this tool.
Here, I’ll lay out the basic framework that you can do as it is or tweak for it to work better for you.
Now, whether you have an established reading list or prefer to write it as you go, this method will work.
- Take a blank page or 2 page spread in your bullet journal
- Number and label the page
- Log it into your index
- Have your reading list ready and count how many there are, or you can estimate how many books you will read for however long you’ll keep the journal
- Number the rows needed at the left-hand side of the page based on how many books you want to read
- List your books
- Put a checkbox on the other side of the number
- With this, after every book you finish check it off your list.
This is very easy to execute, but you may want to read our tips if you want to tweak it to suit your needs.
This is just the basics of a reading tracker, and having another layer of information on it will definitely help you if you’re going to make the list last as long as your journal is.
Tips On Customizing Your Reading and Book Tracker
Here are things you might want to try when making your tracker:
- Have Fun With It
- Theme it Up
- Track Statistics
- Have Goals
If you’re new to the bullet journal community, printables are something you can download or buy online to attach into your journal.
It helps the user get a pre designed collection to put into their journal. This makes all those elaborately designed journals accessible to you if you really want that.
Another plus to this is that you can just use one of these and have a set tracker to use. This is perfect for those who aren’t artistically inclined or those who just want to focus on the task at hand.
Personally, I just draw lines for my trackers. Of course, I do it with rulers… I’m not a savage.
Stickers function like printables, but unlike printables which you fix into your notebook with staples or tapes you.. Stick them in.. like the name implies… I guess.
Anyway, the stickers have the same effect of the printables. However, usually stickers are smaller and are just used to label things.
The bujo community is big, though. I’m sure you’ll be able to find a sticker for the collection itself out there.
Have Fun With It
This may apply more for those who are artistically inclined, but even for those who aren’t, have fun with it.
It’s your tracker, you can do no wrong and nobody ever has to see it except for you.
So go wild with it. Paint on it, draw on it, write jokes, and just make it you.
If you’re not that good at drawing, like me, just doodle on the pages. There’s something about doodles that just makes a page lively you know?
Track Your Statistics With A Book Tracker
The tracker can track more than just what you read, it can also be used for how you read. If you’re a nerd.. Like me, those stats are fun to look at and can be used to improve how you read.
Here are some examples of what you can track:
- How fast you read
- What genres you read the most
- Franchises finished
- How many stars you give a certain book
This part is something where you can marry the productivity and fun aspect of this tool.
You can set a timer, or just count the pages you read per day or in a certain amount of time.
If you want to know what genre you gravitate the most, this could be useful. You could start looking to more titles in that genre for more books you might enjoy.
You can keep track of the series’ you finish too, Are you a true fan of a series? Get the numbers to back it up!
You can do self-contained reviews and make a recommended list for your friends.
If you’re a writer, you can make notes that will help you go forward with your hobby or profession.
Have A Goal
This ties directly with the previous tip.
If you really want to improve, establishing goals are imperative.
You can use tracker to improve your reading speed, or getting to know a certain genre, or even when studying a certain subject.
There are many applications for this tip and, depending on who’s using it, this tool will be really useful.
Conclusion And Some Creative Ideas You Can Try
Reading, by itself, is already a great exercise and habit to develop.
It exercises the brain, just like the effects of the gym on our muscles. They improve our mental state, as well as our communications skills.
There really isn’t a downside to reading.
And if you’ve reached here, then you also know the benefits or bullet journals as well.
They’re a good combination with each other, and the benefits of both could have significant effects for anyone willing to try it.
Personally, my hobby is writing. I know what the effects of reading a good book can do for developing this skill, but I find that I’m never reading as much as I want.
This tool could very much change that.
So try it out. I’m sure it won’t take much out of your day and it could serve to enhance many facets of your being as well.
If you’re looking for some ideas to jog your brain, or inspire you to start, here are some that I found in the bujo community.