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Bullet journaling is my secret weapon to staying organised. If you don’t know what a Bullet journal is read this post ‘Why you NEED a bullet journal’
This week I want to talk about goal setting with your bullet journal. I have been in the past, notorious for not sticking with goals so I have been doing a lot of research into ways to ensure I do complete my goals. I have discovered two promising and successful techniques that I would like to give you some more information about. This won’t be an indepth technical discuss but more an overview and how to implement goal setting in your bullet journal.
“Our Dreams become Reality, when we first, give ourselves permission to Dream, wildly and without limits. Then we turn those dreams into Goals, which is the Bridge between the world Imagination and the Reality we create for ourselves.“
I think that goal setting is a vital part of bringing our dreams into reality, and doing the work and tracking them in our bullet journals makes us accountable for them. It is not only vital that you have purpose in life but you know where you are going in your journey on a daily, monthly and yearly basis.
Goals are a benchmark for our journey, something to focus us and keep us on track. They have to mean something to us and are important. If you have little interest in the outcome or they are irrelevant to your bigger picture, they have little chance of being met.
Tony Robbins RPM Method
Setting a goal is all well and good but you need to make is very specific, know the purpose behind the goal and have an action plan to make it happen. Tony Robbins has a planning method that he calls RPM or Rapid Planning Method.
- R: Results-oriented
- P: Purpose-driven
- M: Massive Action Plan
Essentially every goal has to be results-oriented, not vague, like ‘I will lose weight’. My results oriented goal is ‘Lose 10kgs by the 17th of February 2020’. Purpose driven means like it reads, you need to have a purpose for the goal, mine are:
- To have less pain
- Be healthier
- Feel better about myself
- Develop maintainable habits
If you don’t have any purpose to your goal you won’t be attached to it emotionally and then meh who cares? can’t be bothered happens.
Finally massive action plan is where you break your goal down into an action plan of steps to take to get what you want. My massive action plan is:
- Do 45 minutes of exercise 3 times a week
- Replace 1 meal a day with a shake
- Halve my sugar intake each day
- Eat a salad every second day
I have just created my RPM in my bullet journal and have put a reminder in my daily spread to read over it everyday so that I keep myself motivated.
If you want to go more in depth with this style of goal setting, go and have a look at the pdf that is free on Tony Robbins site HERE.
RPM Goal Setting Collection
Another goal setting technique I have just recently found out about is WOOP. And it’s a combination of two tools called mental contrasting and implementation intentions . It was developed by Gabriele Oettingen, a professor at New York University and the University of Hamburg.
WOOP stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacles & Plan. These four words make up what is a four-step mental strategy for realizing and achieving your wishes or goals. The mental contrasting comes into it when you picture yourself achieving your goals and then you compare them to where you are now. Then identify the obstacles you need to overcome in your present life to meet your goals. Finally identify a plan to overcome the obstacles.
- Wish – Identify your wish, anything you want to achieve personal or professional this is where you identify it
- Outcome- Identify the best possible outcome of this wish. How would you feel?
- Obstacle – What is stopping you from fulfilling your wish?
- Plan – Identify a plan to fulfil your wish taking into account the identified obstacles so that you can plan for how you will overcome them also.
WOOP Goal Setting Collection
I actually personally like the WOOP process better than RPM but it’s all up to your personal perspective. To find out more about WOOP I would recommend reading THIS article. If you would like to buy the book by Gabriele Oettingen ‘Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the new science of motivation you can get it HERE as printed or kindle edition.
With both of these systems I would also recommend creating yourself a tracker for tracking your progress. I also put a reminder for each day of my weekly spread to do my tasks, so if I forget about the tracker I will see it in every day spread.
As always I hope you find this post helpful and feel free to comment or send me an email at [email protected] .
Bullet Journal Notebooks:
- Rhodia Goalbook comes set up for bullet journaling and is fountain pen friendly
- Official Bullet Journal Leuchtturm1917 built for bullet journaling by the creator
- Nuuna I love the funky covers on these books
- Mumsy and Bub – This company makes beautiful vegan travelers notebooks. I have 3 of them 2 A5 and 1 B6 sized.
- Staedtler triplus fineliners I have these in the 36 pack and love them
- Zebra Mildliner Brush Pens
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- Pilot Metropolitan (MR3) fountain pen A great beginners fountain pen
- Lamy Safari fountain pen I’m a little obsessed with these pens, they are great and write amazingly
- Diamine Shimmer inks I love these inks shimmer and non shimmer alike
- Faber-Castell pitt artist pens
- Crayola supertips Great for highlighting, colouring and faux calligraphy