2017 | Level 10 Life

As I’m sure you’ve gathered by this stage in the series, I love tracking things and reviewing things and ticking things off lists. It is therefore completely unsurprising that I love the Level 10 Life page in my bullet journal.

I first stumbled across this idea on bohoberrybohoberry‘s YouTube channel, where she explains the concept and gives us a tour of her own spread.

Long story short, I fell in love and having been using this spread for the past 6 months.

As the new year approached I moved my spread across to its new home in my brand new journal.

I wanted to share this concept with you all today as a method of reviewing the year that has just been and preparing for the months to come. It’s a great way of staying accountable and can be customised to your own goals, needs and lifestyle generally.

Without further ado, here’s what my stats look like at the beginning of 2017…

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I have chosen 8 categories for the new year and customised them to suit myself. When I first started using this system, I used the exact same categories as Cara, but soon discovered they weren’t the most suitable for me.

I guess, we’ll go in descending order, starting with the areas I feel most successful in and moving down the list to my problem areas (ahem… FINANCES).

  1. Work 7/10 – I’ve been doing well at keeping up with my uni work these past few months and am getting things finished well before my deadlines. Really, this category loses points from a job point of view. Over the past few days, I’ve filled out a heap of paperwork to start a job in a daycare. If that works out, I feel like I could go up a level.
  2. Environment 7/10 – In November I moved out of my family home and into my own house and I’ve got to say it was a fantastic decision. However, I do really want to declutter again. When you’re surrounded by only your stuff and can no longer blame the other people in your home, you start to realise how much rubbish you have accumulated!
  3. Contribution 6/10 – Presently, a lot of my contribution is at my church through Youth Groups and Sunday School. However, I would really like to start supporting a charity or, as I talked about in previous posts, sponsoring a child.
  4. Fun 6/10 – You are currently reading one of my main sources of fun! However, lately, I’ve been feeling like I’ve given too much of myself, and I really want to try and spend more time doing the things I love. I want to watch classic movies and read books and go for walks… I guess, really what I’m saying, is that I just want to be selfish for a while!
  5. Wellbeing 5/10 – I am a pathetic exerciser, I sleep too long, I eat whenever I’m hungry – I have a lot of work to do here. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to lose weight, I just want to be healthier and kinder to my body.
  6. Relationships 5/10 – For me, this category includes my boyfriend, my school friends and my family, no matter where they may be. Although I’m generally happy with my relationships, I really want to make more of an effort during term time to keep in touch with my friends who’ve gone to different uni’s – I realised when they all came home for Christmas just how much I missed them.
  7. Spirituality 4/10 – Again, I think it’s as a result of spreading myself too thinly, but I’ve been feeling very disconnected from my faith over the past few months. I really want to get close to him again, and so I’m looking for new ways to include him in my day and get to know him better.
  8. Finances 1/10 – I’m sure after Christmas all you students sympathise and are patiently awaiting the next installment of your student loan. I plan to do a spending freeze in January, to try and get myself back on track. Then hopefully between selling things online and getting a part-time job, I’ll be able to feel a little more financially secure. The budget also needs a massive overhaul!

So, there you have it, a sneak peek into the world of Abby at the beginning of 2017. I think this is going to be a big feature throughout the year as a way of tracking my progress and seeing where my problems lie.

In each of these categories, I’ve set myself at least 2 goals that can help me improve and colour in another strip on my chart.

If you’re new to this idea and aren’t sure of what goals to use, here’s a wonderful post from Cara that gives a tonne of inspiration (she’s a goddess)

How do you reflect and improve in the New Year?

6 Comments

      1. I tend to focus on one aspect at a time, for January it’s finance (unsurprisingly, Christmas nearly killed me!) so I’m currently in the middle of a spending freeze, hopefully I’ll be able to bum that up a level when my student loan arrives on Monday!

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