Using you bullet journal for short-term and long-term goals

Using a Bullet Journal for Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

Set Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

A bullet journal can be life-changing. At the very least, it can help you organize your days, making your life run a little smoother. But if you choose, it can be a powerful tool in creating and achieving your goals, both short-term and long-term goals.

short-term goal is something you want to do in the near future; today, this week, this month, or even this year. A short-term goal is something you want to accomplish soon, within 12 months or less.

longterm goal is something you plan to do further in the future and requires time and lots of planning. They are not something you can do this week or even this year. They usually take 12 months or more to achieve.

Daily and Weekly Lists

If you aren’t familiar with setting goals, try setting some short-term goals first. What needs to be done on a daily and weekly basis? By writing these goals down in your bullet journal, this will help you get into the practice of setting goals. Then when your daily and weekly goals are met, you can bask in the satisfaction of having achieved those goals. Yay! Small celebrations, right? Plus, by achieving the small goals, you will gain confidence for tackling the bigger goals.

When you create your weekly spread, be sure to leave enough space for notes and symbols on a daily basis, including any to-do lists in order to achieve your goals. Also have some weekly goals, including anything to be done during the weekend or by a certain time on Sunday evening.

Work and Finance Goals

You can also set goals related to your work and finances. You may be trying to work up the courage to ask for a raise, start up a new business, or perhaps you want to save up for a dream vacation, retirement, or maybe your goal is to become debt-free. Depending on your personal circumstances, these can be both short-term and long-term goals.

Family and Travel Goals

Include some goals related to your family and any traveling you want to do. Perhaps you have a page dedicated to some family notes, whether it is about a conversation you want to have with your kids, teaching your teenager to drive, or eventually visiting Disneyworld with the kids.

Bucket Lists

Your bullet journal can also have your goals in the form of a bucket list. A bucket list is a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying. This is a great way to include things that aren’t necessarily tasks related to work, family, or finances, but more of long-term goals and dreams you have in mind. They aren’t things you think are impossible, but more life goals as opposed to something that has to be done right now. Think of things that wouldn’t go in ordinary to-do lists, such as going to Disney World, taking a cruise, learning a foreign language, trying sushi or caviar, bungee jumping, sky diving, taking a painting class, etc. Google ‘bucket list’ for an endless amount of inspiration!

5-Year Plan

If you don’t have a 5-year plan, now is the time to start one! This gives you an idea of where you want to be in five years and then includes the actions you need to take in order to get there. Think about your home, lifestyle, health, family, work, and finances and where you think you want to be in five years. You might want to be finished with college, change careers, lose weight, buy a house or land, have a baby, or have a certain amount of money in the bank. This is where you will add these types of goals to create your plan, then come up with a way to achieve the goals.

If you use it right, your bullet journal will become your number one source for getting things done on a short-term basis and even over a long period of time. You can do it!

For more bullet journal inspiration, please check out my other post Boost Your Productivity With a Bullet Journal

May the sunshine on your conquest this day,

Melissa (one-goal-at-a-time) Shantel

Melissa Shantel


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