One Little Word 2017 | Tracking the January Project: Bullet Journaling + Writing

Two weeks into this project, I can tell you: I am so glad I’m doing this. Every day this month, I did some form of yoga, I wrote something, I read something, I listened to something – all with the same goal: to inspire me to feel more secure in my body.

If you missed my previous post, definitely check out how I framed this month’s One Little Word – Secure in My Body January Project.

Today I’m adding an update on my project, along with a bunch of pictures from my notebooks. In my next post, I’ll share pictures from this year’s self portrait project.

With so many different things being worked on, I was unsure of how to track it all, what to track, and where to keep it. And it didn’t feel right to keep it all in a pocket page book, so I came up with a series of notebooks that will eventually live inside my OLW 6×8 album when it’s complete.


So, first I started by keeping notes on each monthly prompt, along with relevant podcasts, thoughts, ideas, all in this notebook. I titled it “ONE” for “One Little Word”.

Inside, I have notes on each of Ali’s monthly prompts, my own personal project goals, and anything that comes to mind that relates to OLW that I just want to write out.

I’m also highlighting the stuff that seems most relevant so it’s easy to find later.

Bullet Journal

I’ve also been looking for an opportunity to get more into Bullet Journaling – or at least setting up some bullet journal-style tracking pages for each of my goals. For me, it’s important to come back to what I need to do, or what I’m working on, each day. I like to do this in the beginning of any habit, until it’s something that is solidly part of my day to day routine.

So I set up a bullet journal to track eating for my January Almost Whole 30 and tracked what I ate every day.

Then I set up a tracker to track daily hot yoga, who I practiced with, and how my practice was developing.

And, because I was feeling frustrated at the slow progression of my baby-filled days, I also made a bullet journal spread of what I did every day – from vitamins to writing, from laundry to tracking Whole 30 habits. The bonus days were when I actually go to my email or worked on my business.

It’s the kind of stuff that, normally, isn’t much of anything. But when you’re depressed (a combination of postpartum depression, mixed with December-onset seasonal affected disorder, mixed with post-election depression), as I was, doing the little things is EVERYTHING. And having a place to track it was really important.

Products Used in this Post:

  • Ali Edwards One Little Word physical kit + album
  • Moleskine Dot Chapter Notebook (that’s my Bullet Journal)
  • Midori Traveler’s Notebook – plain pages
  • Random small notebook from my collection
  • Sharpie prescision pens
  • Large Alphas from Target Dollar Spot

Hope that helps you as you develop your own personal development projects AND find ways to track it!






For several years Ali Edwards has started her year with a word. No resolutions or promises to break, just one little word® to check back on for guidance or reflection. As she describes it, “You live with it. You invite it into your life. You let it speak to you. Follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.” After a challenging 2016, my choice for 2017 is to become SECURE. Each month, I’m focused on a different aspect of securing who I am, where I am, and what we’re doing. I hope you’ll join me on this journey. For more of my one little word, follow my tag one little word.


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