It’s been a while since my last entry, I feel so sorry about this intermittent posting but…life’s unpredictable!
I’ve been working a lot on a new personal project and I’ll soon start talking about this (it’s about planning and personal development, obviously!).
But first, June’s over and half of 2018 already flew by. It was pretty quick, indeed! You probably had planned your 2018 ahead in January, diving into goal setting and evaluating you plans for the near future. This time of the year is perfect for reviewing your goals and your priorities.
One of the best tools I know for goal setting and goal reviewing is called “10 Level Life”. You probably already know about it since it’s from the famous “Miracle Morning” book by Hal Elrod (just in case you missed it, I’ll take you there), and I’ve already talked about it in a previous post.
In my planner it’s called Wheel of Awareness, since one of the features that work best for me is to keep me aware of my goals, my steps towards them and how to adjust the path if needed.
In level 10 Life/Wheel of Awareness you have to evaluate your life in ten different areas:
– Family and Friends
– Personal development
– Physical Environment
– Health / Fitness
Giving each of the areas a score from 1 to 10, you’ll find yourself with a colorful wheel, highly significant. Your aim should to work on the lowest 3 to 5 areas in your pie chart. In my case I should definitely spend more time and effort on my finances, my spirituality, giving to others and with my friends and family.
Next to your wheel you can write down your goal. I choose to have one goal (even a small one) for every section so that everything will remain balanced. I didn’t write them down already, but some ideas are:
- visit my family / spend time with my family one time per week
- spend some time in the evening talking with family/friends (even through phone)
- celebrate mindfully seasonal festivals
- start to volunteer in the local UNESCO division
- design and sell at least 2 printables on shop every month
It is recommended to review your 10 Level Life every quarter or so: you’ll ended up checking on your goals and projects four times per year, and that could be useful to keep you on track.
It’s very important to constantly be aware of your past decisions and how they developed in time. Planning and goal setting without appropriate review could lead to pitfalls, and you don’t want that to happen (read this interesting essay for more details). Fortunately it’s easy to keep up with the benefits, but you should be aware of where you are now, where you wanted to be in the past and where you want to be in the future.
(Quick guide) Overcoming the pitfalls of Goal-setting:
Start by knowing where you are. Level 10 Life can help you to find out where you should focus more: social life? Your career? Having a little bit of rest and fun? It’s up to you but remember: try to answer with your gut, not with your brain!
Goal setting should be fun and easy: the difficult part maybe to reach them, not to plan them!
Set goals that are:
- measurable (write”I want to read 100 pages every week” instead of “I want to read more”- otherwise it’ll be hard to understand if you have reached your goal, plus it will be more effective because you’ll have a precise amount to rely on!)
- simple (we both know you’ll leave behind anything that’s too complex…)
- personal (be creative and set your own goal. Everyone has a different life, personality and needs)
- fun (you’ll be more motivated to accomplish exciting goals. If you want to stay fit but hate running, try and check Youtube for your next cardio instructor – I love practicing yoga with Adriene)
This step is maybe the most important one, yet nearly no one want to invest some time completing it. Goal setting without reviewing is like order a pizza in a restaurant and leaving. Why you should do that? It makes no sense at all! You spent your effort for setting your goals, so why leave valuable information behind?
I know, goal reviewing could be pretty stressing. But I want to share a secret on how to make it less nerve-racking: don’t be hard on yourself. Mistakes are your best friends since they can tell you what you’re doing wrong and why. You should listen to them and analyze them to avoid making errors in the future. If you find it hard to believe me, here’s a bunch of cool resources that can surely persuade you:
It’s time to print your Wheel of Awareness, grab your best colorful pecils and start your goal setting!
Plusbizarre, also known as Francesca Valentini, is the creator and artist behind Plusbizarre.com and The Journalium Project. She’s a planner nerd and loves to share self-development tips and printables for a mindful life.