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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Blogmas Day 4: Goal Setting For 2018 + Yearly Log Ideas For Your Bullet Journal

To keep with the theme of my brand new E-book, today I want to talk about how I'm creating a fool-proof 2018 plan, why I've changed up my Yearly Log for my new Bullet Journal, and how I'm setting my goals for 2018.

The E-Book Giveaway is officially closed and the winners have all been notified, which means it is now available to purchase! 

A Winner's Mind is currently at a low introductory price for a limited time only, so go grab it while it's fresh!

Thank you ever so much for the oodles of support you guys have shown my E-Book! It is my baby, and it means the whole world to me that you guys have loved Chapter 1(which is free to read, by the way)!

So, to keep with the theme of the book, today I want to talk about how I'm creating a fool-proof 2018 plan, why I've changed up my Yearly Log for my new Bullet Journal, and how I'm setting my goals for 2018.

Goal Setting For 2018 + Yearly Log Ideas For Your Bullet Journal

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This ties in with the final post in my Productivity series, The Goal Funnel, so if you're not familiar with the concept yet, I highly recommend giving that a read first!

As you well know by now, I'm starting 2018 in a brand new Bullet Journal. (Click here for more information on the exact notebook I'm moving into!) In both of my previous journals, I started with a Year At A Glance Spread, and then added in a Calendex-style yearly log. While these we great to set up and plan out my year in, I never really turned back to look at them through the year! 

With this in mind, I went in a different direction with my Yearly Log in 2018, opting for a standard calendar with space below each month for event entries. I also found that I never really planned for events more than six months in advance. Keeping a margin of two extra months just to be safe, I've only added eight months to my yearly log. (Pfft I bet this is the one year where I make plans for December first)

Here's a picture of my 2018 yearly log!

For today's freebie, I want to share this exact log with you guys! I've replicated this layout in an awesome printable, and put together a bundle of three different variations, all on A5 paper so it will fit right into your journal:
  • Entire log on one landscape-oriented page for a calendar-style feel
  • Log spread over two portrait-oriented pages with transparent background
  • Log spread over two pages with dot-grid background
Again, I'm opening up the Pay What You Want option, and if you'd like to download it for free, please enter '0' in the price box!

Alrighty, let's talk about goal setting for 2018.

In my post about The Goal Funnel, I explained how I like to go about setting my big yearly goal, then breaking it down to monthly and weekly goals.

Here's a quick recap:
  1. Yearly Goal: Who do I want to be at the end of this year?
  2. Monthly Goals: What do I want to see at the end of this month?
  3. Weekly Goals: What do I need to do this week?
Because this system worked incredibly well for me in 2017, I'm taking it up a notch in the new year by setting two yearly goals instead of one! I will be sharing my exact goals very soon in a different post, but today I want to share with you how I'm going about setting and tracking these goals.

The Yearly Goal Assessment

Simply asking yourself who you want to be at the end of 2018 can be a little intimidating, not to mention vague. So, instead, I've put together a list of prompts to really add details to your vision of your future self (YFS).

  1. What are YFS' priorities in terms of their career and personal life?
  2. What does YFS look like? Describe their physical attributes in as much detail as possible.
  3. How does YFS deal with success? How do they celebrate good news?
  4. How does YFS deal with stress or failures? What do they do to bounce back from it?
  5. Where does YFS invest the majority of their time and energy?
  6. What does YFS spend their money on?
  7. What does YFS want out of their future self? (Yup. It's getting a bit meta!)
Answering these questions in as much detail as possible will help you really step into the shoes of your future self, allowing you to see exactly what you need to do to get there!

Creating your monthly goals

Now that we have a fair idea of who we want to be, we can begin to break it down. This can be done at the start of the year, or you could make it up as you go along. Take those seven prompts from your yearly goal, and rearrange them into twelve chunks, one for each month. 

I like to take the second prompt - the physical attributes - and spread it across the year, because it's obviously great to keep healthy and get a good workout in all year round. Then I take the remaining six prompts and spread them over two months each. Boom! We have twelve monthly goals!

Now that you know which aspect of your future self you want to focus on for each month, you can work on creating a visual representation of achieving this. In the second post of the Blogmas series, we spoke about using mood boards. Those work really well for monthly goal setting too, if you're a 'feeler' like I am - i.e. if you rely on the feelings that something evokes in you, rather than the object or image itself. If you're more visual, a vision board will work wonders!

A vision board is simply a collage made from pictures of what you want to achieve. This can be a physical board with pictures cut out from magazines, or it could be a digital file. I highly recommend the latter, since it is a lot more cost efficient, but also because you can then print it out and stick it on your board. Plus, I always love to set my vision boards as my desktop and mobile phone wallpapers - that way, I'm sure to look at them all the time! 

Creating visual cues for your monthly goals is definitely a great motivator, but it also acts like a benchmark of sorts. You'll know exactly when you've achieved a visual goal, because you will see it in real life as you've seen it on your vision board!

Often, we don't even realize that we've achieved a long-held goal, simply because we don't pay attention to what it looks like. The knowledge of having achieved a goal is incredibly helpful, because it gives you the confidence to chase even more goals, knowing that you are capable of achieving every one of them!

The Action Steps

One other reason I suggest creating a digital vision board is because it is much easier to edit and rearrange. For my weekly goals, I like to take my monthly vision (or mood) board and divide it into four quadrants - one for each week of the month. Then I'll focus on one quadrant at a time, writing down the exact action steps I need to take to bring those specific objects or scenes into my life. 

For instance, if my vision board quadrant has a picture of a beautiful spa, I will look up all the nearby spas that offer a particular treatment, find how much it will cost me, then take serious action steps to begin saving up (or earning) that exact amount. 

At first, it will seem a bit trivial, focusing in on smaller goals that you know you can achieve, and you may feel like you're losing sight of the "big picture".

Let me tell you this: it is the little goals that make up the big one.

The reason we're creating a funnel to begin with, is so we can focus on the little goals and not overwhelm ourselves with massive, abstract desires that we have no idea of how to achieve. Because we've carefully planned how each weekly action will bring about our monthly goal, and how each monthly goal will eventually add up to our yearly goal, I can guarantee that we will achieve that massive milestone!

All you need to do is trust the system, and let go of the worry and the constant feeling of 'I'm not doing enough'.

Checking In

Okay I'm a little biased about this issue, I honestly think that checking in with our goals every single day is rather counter-productive. I'm not saying that we should completely lose sight of the big picture, but obsessing over how far we have left to go will only reinforce the scarcity-mindset of 'not enough'. 

However, if you must check in with your goals regularly, do it no more frequently than once a week. And when you do, try to focus more on your achievements, rather than your shortcomings.

Here's the thing: looking at your vision board (ideally every day) is checking in, but the good kind of checking in - the kind that reminds you what you're working towards and why you started, rather than what you don't have yet. The act of checking in itself isn't good or bad, but it is the mindset that you approach it with, which makes a huge difference. 

In my book, I talk in more detail about the mindset you need to cultivate in order to achieve all your goals, and why the obsession with checking in doesn't work as well as it should! Go check it out and read the first chapter for FREE!

And there we have it - the exact steps I'm taking to set and smash epic goals for 2018!

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Goal Setting For 2018 + Yearly Log Ideas For Your Bullet Journal

Again, remember to grab the freebie for this post above, or at this link, and if you want to find out more about why I've introduced the Pay What You Want idea for these downloadables, please read this post:  5 Holiday Affirmations To Beat Anxiety, Stress and Overwhelm

I sincerely hope this post helps you set more effective goals, and I can't wait to see how you smash them!

In fact, I've created a Facebook community, the Great Ideas Thinktank, purely dedicated to sharing great ideas, supporting and holding each other accountable to our goals, and helping each other out in any way possible, and I'd love to have you join in! Click the banner below to check it out!

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Thank you so much for reading, and if you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or just want to come say hi, please feel free to get in touch with me via Instagram, Twitter, my brand new Facebook page, or e-mail. I love hearing from and talking to you guys!

I hope this post has been super helpful, and I'll see you again tomorrow with a brand new post!

All my love,

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