Level 10 Life + Level 10 Goals

Level 10 Life

I can’t even begin to tell you how many questions I have received about this Level 10 Life spread in my Bullet Journal. I thought that it was high time that I dive a little deeper with you and walk you through my process, so here we are!

I first heard of this “Level 10 Life” concept from Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning. In the Miracle Morning Fast Start Kit, Hal introduces this exercise as a Wheel of Life Assessment and explains it like this:

“If we’re measuring our levels of success/satisfaction in any area of our lives, we all want to be living our best lives at a ‘Level 10’ in each area. Creating your ‘Level 10 Life’ begins with creating an honest assessment of where you are.” 

I knew right away that this exercise was going to be meaningful, so I dedicated an entire spread to it in my Bullet Journal. I even wrote a blog post about it, including 10 goals I came up with for each area.

The Level 10 Life Assessment:

Level 10 Life

Above you can see my initial assessment. The idea here is to sit down and really think hard about each of the 10 areas of your life. For each area, rate your satisfaction on a scale of 1-10.

The ultimate goal is to start making positive changes in your life to slowly increase your satisfaction in each of the 10 focus areas. Eventually (in theory), you will be living a Level 10 Life.

So, I sat down and assessed my own life. I drew the circle from the Fast Start Kit into my Bullet Journal and began to think about each area of my life. At first, I was surprised by how low my results were in a few of the areas.

Those dark black lines represent where I was when I first took the assessment back in August. When I re-assessed myself in late October, I had improved in the areas of Finances, Health/Fitness, and Family & Friends.

To the right of the Level 10 Life wheel, I decided to take it a step further. I plotted out some things that I could focus on within each area in order to improve.

Level 10 Life

When I moved into my new Bullet Journal for 2016, I knew that this would be one of the first spreads to be migrated. I made a few tweaks to the layout, but overall it remained the same.

Every month, I will pick 3 goals from the right-hand side and focus on them. I’m hoping that by the end of the year I will have improved drastically in several areas of my life.

Level 10 Goals

>> 1. FAMILY & FRIENDS:

Keep in touch. Phone, email & text every day!

My biggest hiccup with this area of my life is that I live SO far away from all of my family and friends. Being a military family has its perks, but this is one of it’s biggest drawbacks by far.

>> 2. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Seminars. Podcasts. Books. – Take Action!

Personal development was a big part of my life in 2015 and I intend to continue that trend well into 2016 and beyond! I have learned so much about myself through this process and I look forward to much more self-discovery to come!

>> 3. SPIRITUALITY:

Meditation Practice: AM & PM Daily!

One of the best things I did for myself in 2015 was to start a meditation practice! I have been really good about meditating for at least 10 minutes every morning. I haven’t quite managed to get my evening routine down though. This is my top focus in January.

>> 4. FINANCES:

Savings. Create a passive income. Collaborations.

Our financial situation improved by leaps and bounds in 2015. I wasn’t always the best with my money, but I’m happy to report that I have turned a new leaf! (Mostly due to YNAB, but that’s a long story for another day)

>> 5. CAREER:

Do what I love! Change lives & Help others!

There is SO much that I could say about my career! Y’all have seen all the awesomeness that has been happening around here lately, right? Well, you can expect a lot more from me in 2016 :)

>> 6. MARRIAGE:

More fun together. Fun trips. Quality time.

I can’t even begin to tell you how lucky I am in this department. I married my best friend. He supports my passions, comforts me when I’m feeling scared, and cheers me on when I’m succeeding. This is the highest rated area of my life for good reason. I feel so blessed!

>> 7. FUN & RECREATION:

Travel, adventure, explore… Schedule a “me” day!

Being a traveler at heart, 90% of the things that are “fun” to me include travel. I plan on taking a few fun trips this year. When I’m not traveling though, I intend to schedule a “me” day at least twice per month. This will include things like spa days, short trips to local attractions, and sometimes even just watching Netflix all day ;)

>> 8. GIVING & CONTRIBUTION

Volunteer. Charity. Be generous by nature.

Too often, people associate “giving” with a financial transaction. I’m here to tell you that even if you are broke as a joke, there is always a way to give back. I intend to give by way of my time and knowledge this year. In the past, I’ve been active with volunteering for the MS Society and Habitat for Humanity. Just because you can’t give financially does not mean you cannot still make a difference, folks!

>> 9. PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT:

15-minute clean. Decorate. Organize – KM!

I made a lot of improvements to my physical environment in 2015. Have you ever noticed how much less productive you are when your house is a mess? More stressed out and even depressed? Yup, me too! I’ve gotten in the habit of setting a timer each day for 15 minutes and cleaning whatever I can in that time. It has really helped a ton!

Also, my KonMari journey has changed the way I look at my personal belongings. One of my big goals in 2016 is to finish organizing via the KonMari Method.

>> 10. HEALTH & FITNESS:

Yoga. Running. Whole30 as needed.

I wanted to keep my goals in this area as simple as possible. Yoga and running are two of my favorite ways to work out, and always will be. Also, going through the Whole30 process back in September showed me how much better I can feel while eating a clean diet. All of that combined? One healthy Kara!


Want to see a video walkthrough of my Level 10 Life spread? Check it out below!

How will you start creating your own Level 10 Life?

Kara Benz
Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy – Boho Berry Paperie.
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  • Michelle Turner Bright

    Great post Kara. I have the book coming next week after seeing this on your Instagram before Christmas. I started working on my own Level 10 Life and was just overwhelmed with the disastisfaction that I never realized that I have in some of these areas in my life. Thanks for being such a great inspiration to so many people.

    • Thanks Michelle! I totally hear you on that! Being honest in the self-assessment is part of the process though. I know for me it made me take a long hard look at what I REALLY need to do to improve my life :)

  • Thanks for sharing this, Kara! Really inspiring :)

    I’ve started trying to evaluate the different areas of my life as well, and I’m using Trello and a simple Excel sheet to track progress (should probably create a spread on my BuJo too for a better visual!)

    Tori
    http://www.thefridaystudio.com

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  • Can’t wait to see your KonMari progress! It’s been a game-changer for me, so I’m always excited to see how it helps others too. :D

    • Definitely! It’s one of my big goals this year to finally get back at it and get it ALL done :)

  • Emily Scott

    I really love the idea of taking time to analyze the different areas of your life from time to time to make sure you’re staying balanced. I’ll be including this spread in my bullet journal this week! :)

    • Thanks Emily! I hope you get as much out of it as I have :)

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  • Hello, Kara. Great post. I’ll share my experience with the Wheel of Life after doing it for a while. Hope it’ll be helpful.

    At first I tried coloring different segments with different colors, but them came up with another coloring logic. Actually, numbers/categories could still be used with different colors, but inside the circle I use colors to track progress. For example, in the beginning of the year I use for every level for every category the same color—it’s still easy to differentiate categories by numbers/titles. And then I use different colors for different months. So, if in February I have progress in some categories, I use different February color to mark the progress for that categories. For March—another color, etc. At the year end by different color steps I can easily see what was the status at the beginning of the year and when exactly (which months) I made progress and in what categories.

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  • Lisa

    Hi Kara. I just found your pins on Pinterest and your site is exactly what I was looking for. I am so excited to start my own Bullet Journal. I am going to be 30 in May, and I honestly feel like I don’t have my shit together or even know what I truly want in life. I have a supportive husband, and a beautiful life. I feel like I want to do so many things, and I have so many ideas that they just sit in my head as if I have several tabs open. I finally have to deal with “real things” that I wipe my mind clean to focus on important things. This leaves me feeling empty and in want of evolving on a whole different level. I could write forever but let me just say Thank You for your fantastic encouragement it is making a difference already.
    xoxo Lisa xoxo

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  • Teresa

    Hi Kara! :) I just wanted to share with you that when I was looking up how to bullet journal and found your gorgeous examples (seriously just love EVERYTHING about the way you set yours up. :D), you also got me hooked on the Miracle Morning! ;) I was just so interested in what it was exactly, that I looked it up. I ended up getting the book this past Christmas and am now hooked! <3 I mean I'm still struggling with the adjustments, but it is just such a wonderful concept and every time I've done it my days have just been so much brighter and hopeful! :) I also love that you did a post and video about the level 10 topic because this was one of your spreads that I saw and LOVED and wanted to try myself. Thank you so much for introducing me to so many things that will change my life for the better!! :) Your blog is just wonderful and I love visiting your pages!! <3 (P.S. Oddly enough I also got The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up for Christmas this year, prior to having seen you were reading that too. lol ;) So I'm thinking I'm just going to have to copy down your reading list into my bullet journal. lol Thanks again!! :D)

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  • Hannah

    Hi Kara, I found this spread on pinterest and was OBSESSED, eventually it lead me to your blog. I’m in love with all of your ideas, you have an amazing way of taking everything to the next level and making it even better! In this video you talked about setting up a food log, have you done this yet? I’m curious to see how you have set yours up–I’m struggling to find one that I like.
    Thanks!!

  • sebi009

    Great Post!!! I’ll start using it, and let’s see what it brings! I am gonna tweak it a bit though, to adapt to myself.

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  • Anne Gilbert

    Have you been keeping up with TMM since you started it? I would love a post on an update of how it has been working for you long term. Thanks!

  • Fafaa

    I just saw your video on your June setup, I actually prefer the graph style than the pie chart as its visually more easier for me to see my progress, etc. Plus it IS easier to do than the pie :p

  • Susan Magaña

    Kara, I’m curious which podcasts you listen to or suggest? I recently found your online presence and soon realized it seems are brains are wired similarly, so your recommendations could be insightful.

  • Alice Moskwa

    Hi ! I’m very interested in this method but I have a few questions :
    Is it Hal Elrod who says to find 10 goals for each aera ? Or is that you who has decided as a challenge to find these 100 goals ?
    And does he give advices on how to implement these goals : for example, is that you or Hal Elrod who says to choose 3 goals each month ?

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  • Lenards

    Hello, plz reply Kara!!!

    How do you quantify the measurement toward each of your ten goals. I know you see us! Don’t ignore us!!!!

    • Hi, Karen :) It’s really just your own estimation of how you feel you’re doing in each area.

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  • Archna Mohan

    Hi I am so inspired by your work. I am a Holistic life style coach, Eating psychology Coach, Personal trainer and yoga teacher with many more to add but why I am saying this because my work itself is so vast that lot of people cannot understand . Your page is helping me to know myself better and spreading the message crystal clear. Mindfulness practice has helped me a lot and this is another tool. Thanks so much. Ax

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  • Usma Sharif Ali

    Is the Level 10 life only done once in the entire bullet journal’s life or is it completed everyday or month.

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