Well, I've been working on my Goal Journal for over a month and I'm not going to lie, we've had our ups and downs. Part of it is that making my journal a part of my routine has not come as easy as I'd hoped. - Probably because I'm not a "nightly routine" type person. I may go to bed at 8pm, or 4am, who knows. - Before we get too far, if you haven't read my first post, Goal Journaling.. What's That..? I encourage you to do that before reading much further!
If you have read it, I have some pictures of my Goal Journal and what has and hasn't worked for me in this post! If you want to try Goal Journaling, I'd love to discuss what has and has not worked for you as well! Comment below or write to me on the About & Contact Us page!
Bit of Advice.. Make sure you take in to account how much time you actually have to accomplish the goals you're making! - Read for more details below!
1. My template. I've split it up into four sections; goals, quote of the day, accomplished, and blog scheduling. The accomplished section I don't fill out until the end of the day, when I make my Goal Journal page for the next day. I think that by putting 4-6 goals at the top, similar to a to-do list, it makes me think about the next day and what needs accomplished without being overwhelmed by a huge to-do list.
2. Filling it out at night. I really think this depends on the person. Figure out if you're a night owl or a morning person and go with it!
3. What I've accomplished. By tracking this I feel like I've been more aware of what I do and don't do every day, which has helped me be more productive daily.
4. Quote pages. I decided that in addition to one quote a day I would also do quote pages throughout. I LOVE quotes and using them for motivation, so having a decorative page every once in awhile that has inspirational and motivational quotes is really encouraging AND fun to make! (See the image above!)
What Hasn't Worked?
1. Not being realistic with time. I've been a little overly ambitious with my goals each day.. There have been days that I've only accomplished one of six things, which I hate. I don't see anything wrong with setting a lot of daily goals and to-do's, but when I'm only getting one accomplished it makes me feel a little defeated. I really need to look at how much time I actually have and be realistic with what I need and can get accomplished each day. - Don't allow this to make you feel defeated, that is the opposite of the point for this goal journal!
2. Making this a routine. I've had a couple days here and there where I didn't quite get my journaling done for the day. Oops.. I believe that for this to be as helpful as I want it to be, it needs to be an every day task. Even though I'm don't have specific nightly routines, I need to set an alarm or something to make me fill out my journal each day.
3. Balancing goals and to-dos. For the first few weeks I tried to make all of my goals for the day, and accomplishments at the end of the day, these big things. It doesn't have to be. I need to realize that "read a chapter of a book" or "read blogs from Pinterest" is okay to add! Sometimes simple things like that can reduce stress or relax you!
1. Gratitude section. I'm going to add a section to write things I'm thankful for each day as well. I may be thankful for a goal I accomplished or task I got done, but I'm going to also include things like being thankful for time with family or having dinner with friends.
2. Type of goals. As I mentioned before, to this point they've mostly been things I need to accomplish or I want to accomplish for work/grad school/betterment. I want to include things I enjoy as well. Maybe include "read a chapter of a new book" or "spend time reading blogs". Maybe even shopping :)
3. Set an alarm reminder. I'm going to start setting an alert each night to remind myself to fill out my goal page. The longer I do this the more of a habit it will become. Plus I just think it will be more effective if I get into this routine.
4. Tracking money spent. I did this occasionally this past month and I think I'm going to add it to my template so that each night I can reflect on how much money I spent. I think it'll make me more aware and cautious of how and why I'm spending money.
So that's all for now, but stay tuned because more updates and adjustments to my goal journal will be posted soon!
If you have any ideas or questions I'd love to hear from you!!