The Average Girl's Guide to Bullet Journaling: Planning the year
So, you've set your goals and now it's time to plan your year around them. Full disclosure, I'm the type of person who actively avoids any question that asks me to describe what my plans for my future are. 1-2 years, 3-5 years, 5-10 years - doesn't matter, I don't know! Leave me alone.
However, I have come to understand the importance of having some idea of what you're going to be doing within at least a one year period, if you are interested in bettering yourself and your life, and actually accomplishing something. Knowing something is one thing, but doing it is another completely, so I'm not gonna make this out to be a super easy lifestyle switch where I'm now the goal setting and year planning queen. I still struggle! But I'm learning to put in an effort and it's genuinely making a difference for me.
The great things is that there are tons of tools for this kind of thing. And the bullet journaling tool we will be using is the Annual Log/Overview. Now people, this isn't revolutionary, and it may even be labeled "obvious" followed by a dramatic eye-roll, but there's a reason we're not all living according to the German standard of efficiency and effectiveness. Sometimes, the most obvious things are the most helpful and all you really need is to know how to start.
The Annual Log/Overview is basically a top-down view of the year and all it's main events, which also allows you to put a deadline next to your goals. So all the basics go in there: birthdays, public holidays, recurring appointments, etcetera. But this is now where those goals you've set come in.
One of my goals this year is to take my health more seriously, by doing all the necessary check-ups. So for January & February, I set a goal to book all my doctor's appointments for the year (budget allowing). The appointments don't all have to be in January or February, they just need to be booked by February 28th latest. That way, I know that by the time December 31st 2018 comes, I will have been a very responsible adult with a very clear idea of her health status. Goal achieved!
See how easy it is? The main idea is to have a deadline that you can see for when you'd like to achieve your goal. Want to do learn to do a handstand in Yoga? Put that down for August, and start making a plan for how you'll get there. What to travel somewhere? Put deciding on a destination for February and figuring out the budget for March and your departure date for November. Remember, you can change your mind and shuffle things around as things change throughout the year. None of this is set in stone, so don't over think it.
For today's exercise, take your list of goals and place them in the annual overview I've designed to get you started. Or use your own template if you have preferred style. Let me know how it goes!
I'm interested to know if you are the type of person who likes to plan everything so this is nothing new for you or if you'd rather just go with the flow and this type of thing is a bit of a mission? Comment below.