For those of you who don’t know, I am 6.5 months pregnant! And what an adventure it is! I’m finding that my general overall sense of how I feel, both mentally and physically, fluctuates pretty wildly from day to day. And we all know that our energy and stress levels are related to our physical health and overall happiness. Some of my goals for this year are to feel more fulfilled, present, and healthier so I wanted a way to quickly record how I felt at the end of the day. My immediate thought was ‘I wonder if I could graph and track this?’ and my radar chart was born.
When I set up my daily, I stamp the circle for the radar chart (more on the stamp in my next blog post) and draw in the spokes. At the end of the day, or the next morning, I score my wellbeing on a scale of 1-10 and record it on the chart. I also total up all 5 categories and add that total radar score to my habit tracker so that I can quickly see fluctuations and correlate them with events.
The 5 things that I track are Happiness, Calmness, Fulfillment, Physical Health, and Energy. But, you can track any attributes that are important to you. I’m sure mine will change over time, but right now these are the most important aspects of my overall wellbeing.
The photo above is my radar chart explanation page. If I’m not sure where I fall on the scale of 1-10, I can refer to this page as a guide.
The nice part about a radar chart is that you can change what you are tracking, how many things you are tracking (but remember that odd numbers are more aesthetically pleasing than even numbers), and what your scale is. You can use radar charts to describe anything that you can measure! You can track recovery from an injury (pain, physical therapy, range of motion, etc.). You can use one for hobbies like wine tasting (sweetness, earthiness, fruitiness, etc.). If you suffer from migraines that may be lifestyle triggered you can use it to track your water intake, caffeine intake, migraine intensity, etc. The possibilities are endless!
In my next blog post, I’ll share how I made the circle stamp and how I set it up in a step-by-step tutorial.