This is a dead simple mood tracker, and the parts cost about $20. There's two containers, and they balance on a fulcrum. When you feel positive, you can put something in one container, and when you feel negative, you can put something in the other container. Depending on how the thing is leaning, you'll know how you've been feeling lately.
I use white beads to track my mood (happy/sad) and purple beads to track energy (motivated/fatigued). You can also use any objects that fit into the containers for tracking, and put in heavier objects for stronger feelings. These objects can be stored in the triangular fulcrum, behind a sliding piece of acrylic.
Sometimes I work really hard on lots of projects at once, and this mood tracker will help remind me to take care of myself and find balance.
The prices I got my materials for are in brackets.
- 2mm thick acrylic, at least 45 x 21 cm ($3 from my plastic store's offcuts bin)
- 1/8 inch plywood, at least 6 x 22 cm for the sides of the fulcrum, 41 x 21 cm for the facing, 44 x 21 cm for the backing (Four 12" x 12" squares for $2.99 each)
- 1/2 inch plywood, at least 42 x 19 cm (~$5)
* Make sure this is wood that can be cut by the laser cutter. Some woods are too dense. The people hosting the laser cutter will probably know what kind of wood is best.
- wood glue
- laser cutter
I use the laser cutter at the Noisebridge hacker space in San Francisco. If you live in a city, you can probably find one at your local hacker space, maker space, or fab lab.
Small note: My mood tracker has the divider inside the triangle sticking up over the plastic facing, but I've edited the cutting files so that the plastic and the divider are the same height.
The mood tracker has, from back to front:
- 1/8 inch plywood on the back of the triangular fulcrum piece and the two circular containers
- 1/2 inch plywood on the sides of the circular containers, for the bar connecting the two containers, and for the circle that the bar sits on
- 1/8 inch plywood on the sides of the triangular fulcrum piece
- 2mm thick clear acrylic for the front of the containers and the front of the fulcrum
- 1/8 inch plywood that acts as facing or trim for the front edges of the circular containers and the triangular fulcrum
The next steps will provide the files for cutting each of these parts.