The New Year is the perfect time to visualize and set new goals. Today, I want to show you how to use a Bullet Journal to set and achieve your goals!
We’ve all done this exercise at least once in our lives: set our New Year’s resolutions. Some of us write them down on a piece of paper, others just envision them. The important part is to act on them!
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However, the hardest thing is to keep at it, until our goals are reached. Too often, goals are abandoned or forgotten halfway through the year.
I want to show you how a Bullet Journal will help you set, commit to and achieve your goals! If you’re ready to take the next step to reach your goals, then grab your Bullet Journal and read on!
Without further ado, here’s how to use a Bullet Journal to set and achieve your goals!
What is a Bullet Journal?
First, what is a Bullet Journal? If you’re new here, you might not be totally familiar with this planning method. (If you’re already an experienced Bullet Journal user, skip to the next section!)
The Bullet Journal is an organizational system centered around simple and efficient “logging” of our tasks, events and thoughts. The Bullet Journal acts as a planner, a To-Do list and a journal. The Bullet Journal method was invented by Ryder Carroll and has since exploded in popularity.
I think what makes it so popular is that it does everything yet it logically brings it together. In your Bullet Journal, you can plan out your months, your days, track your habits, create a To-Do list and write down an inspiring quote, all in a logical manner. Better yet, it’s the perfect tool to set your goals and track your progress!
I recommend reading The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll if you want to dive deeper and learn more in detail about the Bullet Journal system. OR check out my guide on How to start a Bullet Journal for beginners!
Supplies you’ll need
Before we get started, here are some supplies you’ll need, if you don’t have them already!
- Your Bullet Journal
- I use an Archer & Olive notebook (shop them HERE and make sure to use my promo code MELANIE10 for 10% off)
- A black pen
- Zebra Mildliners
- A ruler
How to set goals
Now, there is a certain technique to setting goals. If you don’t set your goals the right way, you’ll be more likely to give up on them. Here are some tips to efficiently and adequately set your goals:
- Your goals must be specific. Goals that are too vague or unclear are easier to abandon or let go of. For example, it’s difficult to stay inspired when your goal is “Lose weight”. On the other hand, working toward “Losing 5 kg in 2 months” is motivating and explicit.
- Your goals must be realistic and achievable. It’s important to know yourself and what you’re able to accomplish. For example, the goal “Go to the gym 6 times a week” may not be realistic for a student who’s also working a part-time job. If your goals are too hard, you’ll get discouraged and give up. Sure, your goals are all about pushing to be a better version of yourself, but they must be achievable.
- For big, long-term goals, break them down in smaller steps. This ties in with my two previous tips: if your goals seem too vague or unachievable, try breaking them down in smaller, more manageable steps. This way, you won’t be overwhelmed and it’ll be easier to stay motivated.
- Set a deadline. A time-frame is really important when you’re setting goals. If you’re unclear on when you want to have accomplished your goals, you won’t feel obligated to work towards them. Of course, your deadline should be realistic and achievable. For long-term goals, set a deadline to your smaller steps.
- Set your goals around things you can control. Your goals should be about something YOU can work on, YOU can achieve. For example, setting a goal of “Reaching 1000 likes on your Facebook business page” isn’t something you can control. Yes, you can post great content on your social media, but you can’t be sure how the Facebook algorithm will react to your posts. What you CAN do however, is set a goal like “Post 2-3 times a week on my Facebook business page” in the hopes of obtaining more subscribers. OF COURSE, you want to reach 1000 likes in the future, but this isn’t something you can make happen on your own.
Your goals in your Bullet Journal
Now, you’ve set your goals, or at least, you have an idea of how. Next step: incorporating your goals in your planning and in your Bullet Journal! Here’s how your Bullet Journal can help you commit and achieve your goals.
Create a Goals Braindump page. If you’re still at the setting your goals step, make sure to create a “Braindump” spread to think on your goals. Just write down everything that comes to mind that you would like to accomplish in 2021.
Create a Goals list page. Once you’ve figured out what your goals are for the next year, write them down in a list. Create a spread for your Goals list and look back at it every time you feel your focus dimming.
Create a collection for each goal. For each goal you want to really focus on, create a page for that one goal. Use this page to measure your progress, write down notes and ideas to help you achieve your goal, etc!
Schedule your goals in your Bullet Journal. Include your goals in your planning sessions: feature them in your Monthly log and Daily log! Commit to your goals and schedule them in! Better yet…
Make them a habit! Use a Habit Tracker to help stay accountable for your goals! If your goals require an action from you everyday, include them in a Habit Tracker. It’ll help you track your goals and review your progress at the end of the week or month!
That was how to use a Bullet Journal to set and achieve your goals!
You must first set your goals, and they must be specific and achievable. You should break down your long-term goals in smaller, more manageable steps and set a deadline to those steps. And most importantly, your goals should be about things YOU can control!
And this is where you can use your Bullet Journal to commit and achieve track your goals’ progress:
- A goals list page
- A collection for each goal
- In your Monthly log and Daily log
- In a Habit Tracker
Make sure to review your progress every once in a while, and adapt if you feel you aren’t making any.
Let me know in the comments below how your goals crushing is going!
Until next time!