Productivity Mandalas: Getting Productive and Relaxed

Productivity Mandala: Getting Productive and Relaxed

I love to share some of my ways to increase productivity with you! Some really work well, some don’t or just for a few people. I’ve tried something new the last days and it’s called a ‘Productivity Mandala’. Drawing a mandala is relaxing and fun to do. But how is it increasing productivity? Why would you want to draw a mandala and how is a ‘Productivity Mandala’ different from a traditional one? I will answer all these questions and more in this post and I hope you will enjoy making your own productivity mandala soon!

Productivity Mandala: Getting Productive and Relaxed

What is a mandala?

I’m sure a lot of you already know what a mandala is, but I’ll explain it anyway. A mandala is a symbolic map that should represent the cosmos. Sure, you knew that ;). It originates from the Hinduism and Buddhism. These days drawing a Mandala could be seen as a meditation method, which can improve productivity and concentration. A mandala is typically round and used geometrical forms.
The mandala I want to talk about today is a little bit different from the traditional mandala in that it represents your productivity instead of the cosmos.

Why did I started a productivity mandala?

I wanted to make something different from traditional habit/productivity trackers. Drawing a mandala to track productivity may seem a little strange, but that’s what makes it fun! I really love to make drawings and it’s only since last weeks that I draw mandalas. This gave me the idea to give some extra meaning to a mandala. I’m tracking how much time I’m spending on my thesis and draw the mandala in accordingly. And this is how the productivity Mandala was born..

How does it work?

I started off with a drafting compass and drew 31 circles (March has 31 days). I made sure the space between each circle was approximately the same size. As you can see in the picture, my mandala is cut on the right side. I don’t mind this, but if you do, you can make the mandala a little bit smaller or just use two pages of your notebook.

Start of Productivity Mandala In a Nuuna NotebookAt the end of the day, I determine how much hours I’ve spend on my thesis and look what color is in the legend for that amount of hours. Then I took a moment for myself and draw one circle of the mandala; it represents one day! In the picture below you can see the colors with the amount of hours I’ve spend on my thesis that day. For those who take a closer look, I didn’t spend much time at the beginning of the month.

Partially drawed productivity Mandala

Inspiration for your own Mandala

While I’m tracking the amount of hours I’ve spend on my thesis, you can track a lot of other things. To get you started with your own mandala I’ll give you some inspiration on what you could track in a mandala.

#1 Mood

There are a lot of people that use a mandala to track their mood. If you have a bad day, you can always brighten it up by drawing a mandala. Tracking your mood is relaxing and can make a bad day good and a great day even greater!

#2 Habits

Track your habits, just like with a regular habit tracker. You can track how much money you’ve spend on shopping or how much coffee or water you’ve drank that day. See for more inspiration my previous post about the habit tracker.

#3 Sales

If you are a shop owner like me you can use the mandala to track how much sales you had on a day. It’s fun to see those numbers going up!

#4 Tasks Completed

You can also use the productivity tracker to track how much tasks you’ve completed that day! This could be in percentage or just the absolute amount you’ve finished. This totally depends on you!

Productivity mandala

Draw your own stickers!

Make your own mandala and share on Instagram #StickersForMe and get your drawings made into a sticker! I’m also giving away free stickers from my shop for the winner!

Written by

Natascha is the designer and illustrator behind Planning Routine. She inspires people to start their own Bullet Journal or Planner. To make this easier, she has opened an Etsy shop with planner stickers and printables.

  • Nana Miw-Sher

    I´m all about improving productivity and keeping tracks of things, so I deeefinitely gotta try this!
    Thank you for sharing!

    • It’s great to hear people like my posts! Did you like drawing the mandala’s so far? 🙂

      • Nana Miw-Sher

        Yes 🙂 it´s still a bit complicated because I tend to run out of ideas after the 6th circle or so, but it´s pretty relaxing and it motivates me to colour it as work gets done 🙂

        • If you are really running out of ideas, you can always re-use a previously used pattern. If you really want to have something different you can check out pinterest for ideas, there are really a ton of images with different mandala’s out there! // 🙂

          I’m glad to here you like it! 🙂

          • Nana Miw-Sher

            Thanks for providing the link, I´m eager to try new designs!