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:
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.
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!
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