Since this post is about increasing efficiency, let’s cut the fluff and get to the point. If you wonder where your days go and want to get more done instead, then you’re in the right place.
Accomplish bigger and better things with these practical bullet journal goals and routines spreads to achieve laser focus.
We've taken the liberty to group the spreads by main functions, as organized below. You're welcome!
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- Step-by-step guide* with practical tips to work smarter, not harder, so you can enjoy life
- Creating the morning routine* that will leave you more energized, focused, and motivated to tackle your day
- Actionable checklists and worksheets* to turn a hot mess into success
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Goal journal ideasGive yourself a sense of purpose by setting goals and working towards a specific outcome. Here are some bujo spread ideas to organize them.
The first step to creating a goal is writing it down. Create a list of things you’d like to achieve (remember to make them specific!) and then categorize them. In this spread, it’s simply broken down into fitness, finance, and fun. Nice alliteration. (via Pin image)
MatrixOr you can make the categories more visually distinct like this spread of 4 rectangles, each for an area of life to focus on. Here, it’s spirituality, health and fitness, career, and kindness. (via @rainbow.bujo)
As a themeIf you’re fond of themes as much as I am, then how about using it for your goal categories to keep things a little more fun in your bullet journal? Love how this bullet journal font lettering fits each Friends cast member perfectly. (via Pin image)
Yearly or annualAnother fun approach to keeping your motivation levels up is to use it in a bingo spread. Give your goals a goal (getting bingo). (via @craftyshoe) You know how I know bingo works? I don’t procrastinate as long when I use it for bullet journal house cleaning.
Bucket listYou can also create a list of all kinds of enjoyable things you wouldn’t mind doing or learning. You can also target these bucket lists to the season. Or, try it for your bullet journal travels. (via @abbeysy)
Rewards and challengesOr turn it into a challenge if you want to give yourself a little competition. Perfect if you use your bullet journal for weight loss or other goals that take time and persistence. These easy doodle designs can give you some extra themed motivation. (via @gettoworkbook)
Time management with trackers
Now another area to focus on if you want to make yourself more productive, is to track where your time is actually spent.
It’s so easy to underestimate how long you think something will take, or get lost in mindless tasks, or spend more time than needed due to inefficiency. So to stop wasting your time, you’ll first need to track where you’re losing it.
Time logThis idea is pretty straightforward. Mark a timeline by the type of activity you’re engaged in (eg. sleep, work, mealtime, getting ready, etc). Assess the amount of free time you have as well as find out if you’re spending way more time than you’d like on other things. (via Pin image)
Ideal routine and wake up timeThen, use that information to map out what your ideal day would look like and gauge an appropriate time to wake up. (via Pin image)
Vertical time ladderI like the clean look of this minimalist bullet journal spread, with the hours of the day running down the center. Great way to divide your schedule, such as by work vs personal, tasks with set time vs flexible tasks, or mom schedule vs kids schedule, just to give you a few ideas. (via Pin image)
Pie chartFormatting your ideal day like this will give you a visual breakdown of the percentage of time spent on what types of tasks. (via @rainbow.bujo)
CountdownCount down the days until a big event or change. How about days to go until you welcome your newest addition to the family, if you use your bullet journal for moms and newborn baby? Or counting down to a holiday or vacation to track finances in your bullet journal? (via Pin image)
Routine and organizationEstablishing consistency and routine will make you more productive as you create systems for the everyday things that have to happen and turn your goals into habit. Here are a few bullet journal layouts to help you with developing that.
We covered ideal routines earlier, but sometimes it’s hard to structure an entire day.
Start with a small part of your day that will usually be the same from day to day, such as your morning routine. You can hone in on ways to make getting up and ready smoother, which will set the mood right for your entire day. (via All Round Better Me)
Weekly scheduleIf you do have a pretty consistent predictable activities throughout the day, consider creating a bullet journal weekly time block schedule. Perfect for using your bullet journal as a student. (via @penpapersoul)
15 minute tasksFor those pockets of free time, insert short 15-minute tasks that you can do to get more things done. By creating a list of such tasks beforehand, you will be able to refer to it quickly and get right into a task instead of thinking up what you could be doing and that cutting into your extra time. (via @rainbowbulletjournal)
Habit trackerKeeping track of your habits in your bullet journal every day makes you more cognizant of the areas you want to be more consistent with and hopefully encourages you to give more thought to these areas as the days go by. (via Pin image)
Focus trackerOr, dedicating a spread to tracking a single habit, like your focus, would be beneficial and effective in changing it for the better. (via Pin image)
Creating a daily challenge can make you feel more obligated to dedicate a small chunk of time to a particular task every single day. Done consistently over time, this could become habit for you.
For example, this doodle a day challenge gives you a creative outlet to exercise that part of your brain or can even be a stress reliever. (via @ingasbujo)
Review and reflectionAs important as it is to track habits in a bullet journal, you also need to do something about it! The act of reflection allows you to process the data and see what next steps to take moving forward.
Taking stockThis is an in-the-moment kind of spread. You basically pick a bunch of different things in which you log your current state. This is a fun spread to look back on to capture that particular moment in time. (via @decadethirty)
Month in reviewAssessing yourself every month is the perfect amount of time to do this because you have let enough time pass where you can do a review and assess what factors may have contributed to your successes and areas to improve. And very doable to keep up with rather than weekly or biweekly reviews. (via @craftyenginerd)
Year in review
It’s also beneficial to do an annual review to look back on your accomplishments and where you felt you fell short. Gives you a better sense of the overall picture of where you’d like to see yourself in a year, which you can break down into smaller goals by month.
I like how this one looks like a roadmap. (via @kendra.bullets)
Bullet journal self-care and mental healthOne area that’s easy to overlook is self-care and mental health in your bullet journal. Here are many great ideas for how to give yourself much-needed TLC.
Level 10 life
The level 10 life concept is measuring your personal growth in key areas of your life. It’s based on the Level 10 Success idea of Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning*, which has helped thousands to regain time, energy, and sense of purpose.
The 10 areas to assess are:
- Family and friends
- Personal development
- Career and business
- Fun and recreation
- Giving and contributions
- Physical environment
- Health and fitness
The ideas is to determine where you are at on a scale of 1-10, as well as where you’d like to see yourself. Create mini goals or steps to work your way towards the new level you wish to aspire to and start taking action.
Here’s a square version. (via Pin image)
There you have it, lots of beautiful bullet journal goals and productivity spreads to conquer time management and turn your dreams into actionable reality.
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