Happy Motivational Monday, folks!
Today we are talking about something that is intimidating, but once done you can feel accomplished, motivated, and ready to tackle the week ahead with a clear direction.
Goal Setting. It’s something life ends up forcing us to do, especially if we feel trapped or in a rut. You are committing yourself to branch out of your comfort zone and into this uncomfortable space where you are going to learn and grow. And that’s kind of terrifying and anxiety-inducing if you don’t do it the right way.
Last winter, I came across the goal setting guide of “Level 10 Life”. This goal guide revolves around having a balanced life. You want to have all 10 areas of your life equal and at a high enough level to support themselves.
The ten levels are:
- Family and Friends
- Personal Development
- Fun and Recreation
- Giving and Contributions
- Health and Fitness
Each one you rank on a scale of 1-10. 10 means you are doing fantastic and can’t see any room for improvement in this area, while 1 is needing much much improvement.
I’ve loved using this guide the last 6 months because it helps me realize that I don’t need to focus on everything all at once, I can break down my goals into smaller steps and focus on what is most important. I haven’t kept track of it as well as I should have, and as so much has changed in my life in the last 6 months I wanted to make a fresh start for my next 6 months.
The key to setting goals and not being overwhelmed is creating a long term goal and short term goals that work together to achieve the long term. I’ve broken down my goals into 6 month goals, then each month will have a smaller goal based off of achieving that 6 month goal, then weekly goals broken down to achieve the monthly goal. See how they all link together? They do, I promise!
The second key is to creating SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. If you’ve looked at all of your goals with this in mind and broken them down into smaller goals, you are ready to start kicking trash and taking names!
Here’s how I incorporated this into my bullet journal spread. You are supposed to draw the levels in a giant circle divided into the 10 areas for your life… but I have zero ability to draw a circle and divide it equally!
I did a 6 month spread:
Then I did a July goal spread:
And lastly, I did my usual weekly spread and inserted the level 10 goals where my “goal” insert used to be:
Now that we are halfway through the year, this might be a good time to try out creating a level 10 life! Let me know how you made it work for you!