Thank you for sticking with me and congratulations on making it this far. The final week of this challenge should hopefully take you back into the comfort zone of your normal planning system in your bullet journal. This week is all about incorporating those plans you set out for the next 12 months into your regular layouts.
I love having my 12 month plan in my bullet journal and I look at it regularly, but to make sure that I work towards my goals consistently, I think it’s important to bring these activities into pages that I will look at every day.
Here’s how I tackle mine. When setting up for a new month, I look at my 12 month plan and pick out my goals for the relevant month, along with any that I haven’t achieved in previous months. As I prepare my calendar for the coming month, I also write out my relevant goals for the month, along with any additions I wish to make on the opposite page of my bullet journal.
I also use weekly plans, so each Sunday I prepare my plan for the coming week. I pick some of my monthly goals, being realistic with how much time I have available and include them in my weekly plans. You’ll notice that in each layout, I separate my tasks into the same categories. This helps me to make sure that I carry out some activities from each category every day whenever possible.
When I write out my daily plan, again I look at my goals for the week and try to include at least one tiny step in every daily list. I consider how many meetings I have and how heavy my workload is to try and pick an action that I can realistically fit in. Some days I can work towards a few of my goals, on others it’s just one. It could be as simple as a 15 minute workout on days that I am really stretched, but I know that I am one step closer to reaching my health and fitness goals, which gives me a boost.
At the end of each month, I go back to my 12 month plan and check off everything that I have achieved and start setting up for the new month. This is the time when I do the most reflection. I think about:
- Are these goals still relevant?
- Do I need to add to or change any of my goals?
- Which activities couldn’t I check off last month?
- What will I do differently next month?
Working through this process makes sure that by the end of the year, even if I haven’t achieved absolutely everything I aimed to, I will certainly be a lot closer to my goals than I would have otherwise. Starting to see the crosses appear in my 12 month plan gives me a huge sense of achievement and I hope it will for you too.
This brings us to the end of the 6 week planning challenge in your bullet journal. So, whatever your layout, however you plan, just try and incorporate some progress towards your goals every day. If your goals scare you, try breaking them down into tiny chunks. Even if it’s 15 minutes each day, to do some research, read an inspiring article, phoning or emailing someone that might be able to help you on your journey, it really is worth giving yourself that time. I worked out earlier than even 15 minutes per day would total 91 hours of progress towards your goals over the next year. Not too shabby!
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“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step’ – Healthyplace.com