Jouranaling is one of the best things you can do for overall well being. And, many would agree that getting outside into nature is one of the best things you can also do for your health… so, what if you combined the two? What if you could do a quick daily reflection on your outdoor time? What if you were prompted to plan out some outdoor adventures every month? Would keeping a monthly outdoor activity log help better any attitudes or behaviors you and your family have?
Well, now’s as good a time as ever to try it out, right?
Below you’ll find a free printable journal page for tracking monthly outdoor activities. It’s a simple page to add to your planner or family binder. Use it to help motivate and track your time in nature. See the patterns and gaps in outdoor time and make plans to adjust and increase where you see needed.
How should you use the outdoor activity journal page?
You can choose to use this log sheet any way you like!
You could print it out and add it into your bullet journal or planner. You could also tape it up on the wall beside your family calendar.
At the beginning of the month write down any planned outdoor excursions or broad goals you or your family might have. For example, you might want to do 4 family hikes that month, have a water balloon fight, or achieve 30 hours of outdoor time.
This is a good opportunity to talk with your family and get excited about that month’s outdoor adventures. And don’t forget to take some time to reflect on last month’s highlights and areas of improvement.
If you’re a family that’s into family meetings, you could throw this in your meeting book and pull it out weekly to see how your outdoor goals are progressing and have the kids color the chart at the meeting.
You might decide to use this log as a personal record of your own outdoor time, or you might want to track outdoor family time. It will work for both.
How does the monthly outdoor activity tracker work?
The main feature of this printable journal page is a circular time tracker. The circle is divided into 31 slots. When the month you’re tracking has less than 31 days just ignore those or cross them out.
You’ll find a color key to the right of the daily tracker circle. Choose which colors you’ll use for each time category at the beginning of the month to customize your own time key.
Color each day to match your hours outdoors. At the end of the month you’ll have a completely colored circle and a quick visual graph of how often you go outside. Collecting a few month’s worth of activity circles might even help identify patterns to your outdoor activity.
Get your own copy of the monthly activity log
After you join the Take Them Outside Newsletter you’ll receive access to our private outdoor family resource library. Every week you’ll receive tips, activity ideas, nature news, and inspiration to get you and your family enjoying nature more often!
What’s in the resource library, you ask? Well, that resource library is full of games, scavenger hunts, packing lists, activity calendars, and more sweet stuff to get you and your kids connecting with nature!
What should you do now?
- Go grab that printable journal page and start tracking your outdoor activity this month!
- Check out the Wild Week Challenge – a full week’s worth of encouragement and support so you can disconnect from distractions and reconnect with nature and your family!
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