I used to think that my lack of organization was only because of school, and how much I didn't like it, BUT over the past two years I've realized that isn't the case. My intentions are great, I try to be organized. Like the quote below says, I love all of those things that should add up to an organized life, so much so that either my family and friends pull me from office and school supply isles or I'll spend $50 on highlighters and portfolios without even thinking twice. Don't get me wrong it isn't that I forget the important stuff (school, work, volunteering, events, etc.), but I desperately want a way to avoid the daily chaos in my mind and the 20 to-do lists in my purse. After trying agendas, online calendars, printable forms, and just the good old scrap pieces of paper, I've decided to give a new idea a whirl.. goal journaling.
So what is this goal journaling..and why am I trying it..?
I think by now we have all seen the new bullet journaling and the creative "make your own" type journals/agendas people are using, and, well, I'm just not that dedicated. Nor do I want to take the time and creativity to literally color a picture around my to-do lists every. single. day. - I do like the idea of a journal though, they're smaller, they can be more personal, more creative, and they can be as broad or detailed as you want.
My idea with "goal journaling" is to combine a personalized journal and planner and to get better at goal setting. Seriously, listen to people who set daily or weekly goals and how they think it's helped them. You'll want to join in on it too. Goal oriented people are better at managing their time and their priorities. Instead of just dealing with each day as it comes, they have a plan, or at least a few things that they want to accomplish each day. There can still be room for spontaneity and changing plans, but think of it in these ways.. Is writing a paper easier if you just wing it or if you have an outline of ideas? Sure, I've "winged" plenty of papers, but if I have an outline it's usually a better paper. Meetings can be another example. If you go into a meeting with a blank sheet and try to accomplish whatever comes to your mind, you're likely to miss some things, but if you have an agenda or topics to cover you get more accomplished and cover everything you need to cover. At least with my experience that's how it has gone. So, if I can get more accomplished, manage time better, & plan out my days, I'm all for trying it!
My layout for my "journal" is pretty simple (I'm sure there will be edits to this template i've created). The date is at the top, then a list of 3-6 goals/to-dos for the day. After this list I've incorporated a motivational quote, or just a quote that I like for the day. The bottom third of the page is split and one part has "accomplishments", which I fill out at the end of the day when I make the next day journal page, and the other part is my blogging plans. I've kind of fallen behind with my blog posts and I hope that if I dedicate a single area to blog planning it will get me back on track. - Like I mentioned, I think I will do my goal journaling the night before. I'm not a morning person, there is no way I'm waking up early to do this, so i mine as well make it a nightly routine right? I can recap the day and fill out the "accomplishments" section and then set goals for the next day. I also like that I'll be picking a new quote each night before I go to bed. Trust me, it will stick with me better the night before than it would if I tried to remember something at 7am.. Again, not a morning person..
I'm betting that there are more people than just me who have every intention of being organized and are wanting to improve on this aspect of their life, so that's why I'm sharing this adventure (yep, adventure ;P)! I'll give it a try for awhile and then share what I like and don't like, learned, and have improved or not improved on, throughout the process! - UPDATE: Check out Goal Journaling, the First Update! for how my goal journal is working for me!
If you try the bullet journaling and love it, props to you (and teach me your ways!!), but I'm hoping that goal journaling might be a good substitute for me!
-- Click here to read a post from White Petal Travels about bigger picture goal setting! --
As always, have comments? Questions? Ideas?
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