Bullet journals are amazing tools to keep organized, and tracking goals with a bullet journal is a great way to stay accountable and make progress on your goals.
But if you’re just getting started with a journal, how can you use a bullet journal to set, track, and reach your goals?
Goals are the foundation of success. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, you’re not going to find success unless you make big goals, then break them down into smaller goals, and finally work hard on a daily basis to achieve those goals.
One way to help you create a list of goals and also achieve them is with the help of a bullet list and a journal. Journaling is a great tool because it helps you put your thoughts on paper to make your goals seem more realistic and attainable.
If you’re looking to start tracking your goals, here’s how to use your journal to reach your goals in 90 days.
You can also use the free printable worksheet to break down and track your goals. It’s available in the free resource library (sign up at the bottom of the post).
How to set up your bullet journal for goal tracking
When deciding on the goals that you want to reach, start by choosing goals that you can reach in 90 days. 90-day goals are ideal because it is about all the time most people can focus on achieving a goal.
This is not to say your goal must only be something you can achieve in 90-days. Your goal can be to earn a million dollars by the time you reach 30 even if you’re only 20. You just break that goal down into smaller goals that span 90 days.
You have the focus, the determination, and the desire to reach your goals in this timeframe. Anything that takes longer to achieve feels pointless. You lose motivation and focus, and you prefer to move on.
How to start journaling
There’s no right or wrong way to start using your bullet journal. You can use a piece of paper or start a new page in your journal and begin writing. Be sure to date your entries. But above all, be honest with yourself when you write.
You’re writing something very private, so you needn’t worry about someone else reading it, judging you, or ridiculing you and your goals.
Now that you’re writing your feelings down each day, start making a few bullet lists along the way. This is what helps you achieve your 90-day goals.
Start with your main goal. For example, maybe you want to save $50,000 for a down payment on a house in five years. To make this happen, you must save $10,000 per year minimum.
Your initial goal (and even your yearly goal) may seem like a lot. This is where the bullet list comes in handy. Start breaking it down so you can create 90-day goals.
– $50,000 in 5 years
– $10,000 per year
– $2,000 per quarter
– $667 per month
– $192 per week (when you account for 52 weeks per year)
Do you see how your goal of $50,000 broken down little by little sounds easier and more attainable when you see it in this manner?
Now that your goal is broken down and you know what you have to save each week to meet your goal, you can create a plan to make it happen. Use your journal to break down your bullet list into 90-day goals. You’re going to need to save $2,000 per quarter to make this happen. That’s your goal for the next 90 days!
When your goal is broken down into smaller goals, it’s easier to achieve.
Now that you know what you want to do, you need to figure out what you should do each day to make that happen. Write it down, cross it off the list every day, and do it.
Think of everything that you need to do, even if you write “stop buying random things on Amazon” on your list. Every checkmark counts if it’s putting you closer to reaching your goal. 😉
How journaling helps with 90-day goals
In addition to creating a bulleted list and goal tracker, use your journal to track your mood. Journaling helps you clear your mind when you write what you’re feeling. If you’re feeling down, you write. If you’re feeling happy, you write.
Then review what you’ve written. You might learn something about how you think on certain days that can help you succeed more. Do you notice you eat well or workout harder on days you’re more successful in reaching your goals? Or do you notice that you make poor choices, like unnecessary purchases, on days that you’re overwhelmed or upset?
Use your notes and everything else you’re learning from your journal to help you improve yourself, your actions, and your life to crush your goals further.
You have to make it count every single day if you want to get the most out of your life (and your goals). You can sit back and wonder what would have happened if you’d started journaling and creating 90-day goals months ago, or you could just do it. The time always passes, but it’s how you spend that time that really counts.
You have a choice to make, and this is an easy one to handle. The more you work on your goals the easier it becomes to achieve them!
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