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.
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Recommended resources in this post:
- 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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Goals as a list
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 @emschwartzrdn)
Or 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)
Bullet journal time management with time 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.
Bullet journal time log
This 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 Productive and Pretty)
Ideal routine and wake up time
Then, use that information to map out what your ideal day would look like and gauge an appropriate time to wake up. (via Pin source)
Vertical time ladder
I 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 @vivsjouurnal)
Ideal day pie chart
Formatting 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)
Bullet journal countdown
Count 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 source)
Bullet journal morning routine
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)
15 minute tasks
For 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)
Or, dedicating a spread to tracking a single habit, like your focus, would be beneficial and effective in changing it for the better. (via Pin source)
Bullet journal daily challenge
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)
This 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 review
Assessing 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 health
One 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. (via Mommy Over Work)
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 @the.pretty.planner)
And a bar graph version. (via @little_coffee_fox)
There you have it, lots of beautiful bullet journal goals and productivity spreads to conquer time management and turn your dreams into actionable reality.