If you’re a bullet journaler and list-maker, you’re very likely also a goal-setter! And chances are that you like to track and follow your goals in your Bullet Journal. Am I right?
It’s definitely true for me! There’s something very satisfying about setting goals and tracking your successes in your bullet journal when you smash them!
Habit tracking and mini-goals are widely used and can be found in most weekly and monthly spreads all over Instagram and Pinterest. But what about your big goals? How can you use your bullet journal to set (and achieve!) bigger goals like going on that overseas trip you’ve always wanted to go on, getting fit for summer or building better relationships with the people you love?
The best method I have found is to break your long-term goals down into smaller 3-month goals. Three months is long enough to make noticeable progress, but short enough to not get bored or lose interest.
Now of course, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t set any long-term goals–quite the contrary! These 3-month goals should fit into your bigger picture and take you closer to achieving those 1-year, 3-year and 5-year goals!
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So let’s get to it! Let’s smash some goals:
Step 1: Define your 3-month goals.
When setting goals it is important to define the following things:
- What do you want to achieve?
- Be specific and quantify it where you can!
- Think about why you want to achieve it?
The last point is probably the most important as it gives your goal a purpose. Without a purpose there is no motivation or reason for you to achieve your goal and chances are you wont achieve it.
So what would a 3-month goal look like? Here’s a few examples:
- Business goals: I want to increase my blog income to $xxx per month, so that I can quit my 9-5 job and spend more time at home with my family.
- Fitness goals: I want to lose 10% body fat so that I can feel confident in my bikini for summer.
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Step 2: Track your progress!
Since we are goal setting in our bullet journal, we definitely want to to track our progress! I’m always looking for an excuse to add another spread to my collection! (Am I the only one?)
Of course, visually tracking your successes and seeing that you are getting closer to your goal also serves as motivation and keeps you on track (excuse the pun!) with our goals. I like to do this either bi-weekly or monthly, depending on my goal and what I’m tracking. This is a really good thing to include in your monthly spread, because you will see it often, reminding you of the progress you have already made (or maybe the little extra actions you need to take).
So take a moment in your goal setting session to think about how you will best track your goal. Here’s some examples:
- How would you track the business goal of wanting an increase in blog income? You would track your orders (if you sell online products), affiliate income and other income you receive through your blog. You might also want to track how many blog posts you write, if you want to see the correlation between posting a new post and your income. Or maybe you’d track website visits or bounce rates? There’s really so much you can track here, all depending on how much detail you want to go into.
- Tracking your fitness goal of losing, for example, 10% body fat would obviously involve tracking your actual body fat percentage. On top of that you might also want to track things like gym visits, exercise minutes performed, calories consumed, how much water you drank.
Step 3: Break it down.
Now that we have defined our goals and decided how to track them, let’s break them down! How are we going to achieve these goals? What are the main areas of focus in which you will take action steps to achieve your goals?
- In your business goal you could focus on increasing your blog traffic, acquiring more social media followers and adding new products to your shop.
- In your fitness goal you would focus on exercising more (and more consistently), eating clean and drinking more water.
There’s no need to get to in depth and complicated here. Keep it simple and stick to 2 or 3 categories.
Still with me? Let’s move on to the last step…
Step 4: Take action.
Once your goal is defined and you’ve broken it down, it’s time to think about what you can do on a day-to-day basis to realise you goals. This is so important! Goals do not achieve themselves – they require action steps to be achieved.
These are the action steps you would add to your weekly or daily spreads as to-do list items. Set up actionable steps under each category of your goal that you can do each week. These steps might change each week depending on your goal progress.
Here’s some examples:
- For our business goal of increasing blog traffic, we could set up a posting schedule directly in our weekly/daily spread. Other possible actions steps could be increased pinterest posts, inviting guest bloggers, etc.
- For our fitness goal, under the clean eating category, we might take action steps of setting up an eating plan, buying groceries and doing meal prep for the week.
Now that you have set your actionable steps you have to actually go out and – you guessed it – take the action steps! Setting goals is only half of it. The only person that can go out there and do what needs to be done is you!
One a side note: If you’re getting stuck with taking action you need to read Mel Robbins’ 5 Second Rule!
Add it to your Bullet Journal.
Once you have brainstormed and defined your goals (there’s a free printable for you here) put it in your Bullet Journal. You can really get as creative as you like here! Mine looks like this:
Here’s a quick step-by-step summary:
- Head over here to download your printable worksheet.
- Make some coffee (or hot beverage of your choice, although wine also works) and get comfy.
- Grab your favourite stationary (check out some awesome pens here)
- Define your goal – What? Quantify. Why?
- Track your progress!
- Break it down: how do you want to achieve your goal?
- Define your action steps.
- Take action and smash your goals!
Let me know if this system works for you. I’d love to hear from you and how you are smashing your goals!
P.S. If you’re interested in my goals and how I will set them up in my Bullet Journal, follow me on Instagram where I will be posting updates of my set goals.