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!
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.
At 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!