The Average Girl's Guide to Bullet Journaling: Setting Goals

The Average Girl's Guide to Bullet Journaling: Setting Goals

Dumbledore once said "Any bullet journal, however big or small, requires a good set of goals in order to truly prosper." I know you don't believe me, but it's in the Order of the Phoenix. On page 347. I swear

Anyway, Dumbledore was right. You need to know what your goals are in order to have really good BuJo (see also: life), because if you don't, what are you working towards? What's the point?

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It was sort of a rude awakening for me when I realised that I couldn't realistically expect to achieve what I wanted to achieve if I didn't set a path for how I was going to achieve it (this is what goals are: stepping stones on the way to realising your dreams or getting stuff done). 

It's common sense, but I was quite proficient at hoping and wishing and praying for change, and had managed to convince myself that the things I wanted would somehow, someway magic their way into my life, simply because I wanted them to. (I'm still unlearning this, by the way).

But I cashed out the reality check (American lingo, I know, but let me have my pun) and started setting goals last year. The method I like best is separating the goals into categories. For example, I track Health, Wellness, Financial, Business and "Personal" (or miscellaneous for the other things I want to achieve this year that don't fit into the other 4 categories). The categories help me to compartmentalise so that I don't get overwhelmed or even just forget what I want to achieve throughout the year. 

It's important to remember that you don't have to have 1 000 categories with 10 goals each in them. You can have 10 000 categories with 1 goal each. Kidding. Keep it simple, don't try to do too much.

This feels like an opportune moment for me to share what I've identified as the Top 3 Enemies to Goal Achievement:

1. Setting ridiculous/unattainable goals 

Don't do this. Don't shoot for the moon hoping to land on the stars because what you're most likely to do is convince yourself that your rocket's not ready to launch yet so you need another year to figure everything out. Instead of expecting to build a spaceship in 2018, why don't you start by enrolling into aeronautical engineering and passing your first semester? Baby steps are better than steps you will eventually, might probably take, maybe, but not right now. Not quite yet.  

2. Procrastination 

Social media (she types as she checks her instagram for the 5th time in 20 minutes). TV series. FOMO. Instant messaging. Ah, good old procrastination. Always a notification away. I have by no means conquered the beast that is procrastination, but at least I'm aware of it. Acceptance is the first step, no? All I know is that procrastination is in the middle of what I wanted to achieve last year and what I eventually didn't achieve, and some of the goals I've set this year seek to correct that (no social media after 6pm, for example).

3. Comparison 

Maybe this is just a me thing (in which case, welcome to the way my brain works). Either way, try to avoid comparing your goals to other people's and shifting yours around because you've decided theirs seem better. Focus on your own life, where it currently is and where you would like it to be, and build your goals based off of that. You're living your life, not someone else's. I know that it's more fun to do something if you have a buddy, but just make sure that your buddy isn't derailing your goals. 

So, now that we've established the importance of goals, I present to you a free template that you can use to get started.

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