Level 10 Life: A Method for Improving Satisfaction in 10 Areas of your Life

Level 10 Life Photo

I’ll admit I’m pretty new to Level 10 Life, so I’ll explain what I understand of it and then link you to a much better description. Level 10 Life comes from a book called Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, a book about transforming your life by various means, including waking up at 7 every morning, which I just haven’t been able to commit to yet (haha). But it includes a goal-setting method where you rate 10 areas of your life and list ways to get those areas to a “Level 10.”

*As promised, here’s a more in-depth explanation from Boho Berry.

When I was setting up my layout in my bullet journal I was trying to think of different goals I could set and ways to reach level 10 in various areas. I did some research looking for other people’s specifics to spark inspiration for my own, but didn’t find as many as I had hoped, so I’m sharing mine in the hopes it will help you out like the others I did find helped me.

My Level 10 Life Areas

My areas are as follows:

  1. Family & Friends
  2. Personal Development
  3. Spirituality
  4. Finances
  5. Career
  6. Beauty
  7. Environment
  8. Giving & Contribution
  9. Health
  10. Recreation

Beauty is typically “Marriage” but because I am not in any type of romantic relationship, I had to improvise. You can replace any category with one of your own choice. While I’m not sure if that’s encouraged by Hal Elrod, it has to work for me and if a category doesn’t work for you, what’s the point in keeping it?

Level 10 Life Spread

My Level 10 Life Goals

As you can see from the above photo, my Level 10 Life doesn’t have any highly rated sections. This was actually depressing to do because I rated so many areas so low, but I’m glad I did it. Overall I’m a happy person, but clearly there is plenty of room for improvement in my life to be well-rounded and happy with my circumstances. Next to each area I have put in parentheses my current rating of that category.

  1. Family & Friends (3)

    – Send more cards and letters
    – Message a friend once a week
    – Call Jessica (my best friend) every two weeks
    – Suggest easy & cheap trips for mom & me
    – Buy more gifts
    – Visit Indianapolis (my hometown where all my friends are) more often
    – Text with my sister more

  2. Personal Development (3)

    – Start learning Spanish
    – Take a sewing class
    – Read every day
    – Listen to more podcasts
    – Learn time management skills
    – Improve handwriting & doodling
    – Be more involved in the community & current events
    – Be a better conversationalist
    – Don’t participate in negative gossip
    – Help more with household chores

  3. Spirituality (4)

    – Learn to meditate
    – Pray “like Daniel”
    – Read my Bible every day
    – Join a Bible study
    – Do a devotional every day
    – Submit my own devotionals
    – Find a church & attend regularly
    – Pray for those who ask
    – Read more Christian books/listen to more worship music

  4. Finances (0)

    – Create a budget
    – Never delay vet care
    – Always have food money
    – Help my mom with bills
    – Start paying on debt
    – Pay off the state of Indiana
    – Purchase a car
    – Improve credit score
    – Have $1,000 in savings
    – Pay my sister back
    – Take a yearly vacation
    – Make enough money to support myself

  5. Career (4)

    – Graduate college with my associate’s
    – Pass my boards and clinical sims
    – Earn my RRT license
    – Take a job as an RT
    – Earn a raise at current job
    – 3.0 or higher GPA
    – Get my bachelor’s degree

    Level 10 Life Spread

  6. Beauty (2)

    – Get a monthly manicure
    – Get my hair cut every six weeks
    – Reduce pore appearance
    – Clear complexion
    – Wear more lipstick/lip gloss
    – Moisturize every day
    – Get teeth whitened

  7. Environment (1)

    – Clean litter boxes every 2 days
    – Tidy up each day
    – Keep clothes put away
    – Clean house weekly/keep schedule
    – Have my own place
    – Move to a bigger city
    – Keep an organized craft space
    – Declutter knick knacks
    – Make sure every item has a home

  8. Giving & Contribution (0)

    – Donate 10% of income to worthy causes
    – Help a struggling family
    – Volunteer twice a month
    – Donate food to or buy food for the hungry
    – Buy a family Thanksgiving dinner
    – Buy Christmas gifts for a family
    – Make a monthly contribution somewhere (like ASPCA)

  9. Health (3)

    – Take a multivitamin daily
    – Floss at night
    – Have better posture
    – Keep up with asthma medications
    – 28% body fat or better
    – Learn to meal plan
    – Don’t cheat on healthy diet
    – Exercise 30 minutes  day 5 times a week
    – Sleep no more than 10 hours a day
    – Get 80 grams of protein each day
    – Run a 5K
    – Get a tummy tuck

  10. Recreation (0)

    – Go to the beach
    – See a Colts game in person
    – Try something new each month
    – Take a cooking class
    – Get with a friend once a month
    – Visit a theme park
    – Go ziplining
    – Travel out of the country and to new states
    – Do something fun with mom once a month
    – Get a massage

Level 10 Life Spread

My First Steps

I set one goal (or two) for each category to achieve to get me started and I will continue making a new goal each time I reach one. I didn’t see anyone else do this, but I think it will work well for me to have small individual goals to reach in the short-term to help build up to the bigger ones. Many of my goals are dependent on financial ability so sometimes I have to set more realistic ones until I am better off in that department.

Family & Friends: Call Jessica
Personal Development: Read a new book every week
Spirituality: Take “Pray Like Daniel” course; devotional every day
Finances: Save enough to get to Christine’s wedding
Career: Get an A in my summer class
Beauty: Use acne medicine daily
Environment: Create a cleaning schedule
Giving & Contribution: Donate to Jady’s Room
Health: Take a multivitamin daily
Recreation: See a movie with mom; go bowling

So, I hope I sparked some interest in this method of life improvement and inspired you with some ideas of how to do it yourself! If you are going to try this yourself, leave a note in the comments so I can encourage you!

I’m Katie, and I’m out until next time!

Choosing a Planner: The Pros and Cons of Filofax, Bullet Journals, and Pre-made Planners

Chances are, you already have a favorite planning method. But what if you don’t? What if you’re interested in a planner but are overwhelmed by the options? You have stumbled upon some help! We will discuss the pros and cons of using  binder planners like the ever popular Filofax and the newest craze, bullet journaling, affectionately nicknamed “Bujo,” and how they compare to pre-bound planners like Erin Condren.

**For a concise list of pros and cons, scroll to the end of the post. I can be wordy sometimes!**

My Filofax

I started off with a Filofax planner back in late 2015, a turquoise Saffiano I found on eBay for $50 (faux leather, so it was a cheaper way to begin; real leather Filofaxes will run you more than double that). I could add all the pages I wanted and put in pretty dividers, which I loved (I ordered from Minted Sugar on Etsy). I wanted a binder where I could keep schedules and track other things like passwords and what washi tape I already had.  All the note paper included with the Filofax is wonderful. I used it for recipes, quick notes, and tracking my weight/inches lost. It was easy to pull a sheet out when I made a shopping list and take it with me versus hauling the whole planner along.

Filofax Note Paper
There are 3 colors of paper in the rings, and a white notepad in the back you can tear pages off of neatly.

One other thing I liked about Filofax is that I could put in monthly and daily (and weekly if I wanted to) pages. As you can see, my dinner that day was super healthy! With a pre-made planner you’re stuck with whatever it comes with (dailies, weeklies, monthlies may be included or only some of those).

Filofax Daily Planner Page
Totally forgot to track my water!
Filofax Monthly Spread
A monthly spread I never used…February 2016 was the last month I used my Filofax.

Creating Your Own Layouts

The monthly spread reminds me of something I despised about using my Filofax – I had to cut my own pages. This was time-consuming and being someone who appreciates perfection it was frustrating not getting perfect 90-degree angles and straight lines every time. And while I like designing on a computer, I find doing things by hand is more creatively fulfilling. I of course could have done this by hand, but with everyone using computer-generated pages the thought never crossed my mind. Oftentimes I have a hard time thinking outside the box.

My Bullet Journal Planner

While I will save all my bujo contents for a later post, I will share a few things I have done with my journal. Here is my Level 10 Life spread (more on that later). You could totally do this with a Filofax, too, but there’s something about writing in a book rather than just a piece of paper. I also kind of like the finality of writing in a bound journal…once the pen goes down there’s no tossing the page and putting a new one in. It shows character and human nature of making mistakes, and hardly ever doing anything perfectly. It’s oddly satisfying.

Level 10 Life Spread
My Level 10 Life spread in my bullet journal.

Randomization

I love the randomization of my journal. I had a few pages blank after the Saturday daily on the left, which is when I decided to stop doing daily pages for awhile. To fill the space, I did my very first hand-lettered quote. I threw in some messy waves that I’m not too happy with (now when I get better at doodling I have something to look back on and see my improvement!), but there’s that permanence again for which I strangely have an affection. With a binder planner it is more planned out and there is plenty of room for error. Life is not error-free, and I like something as personal as my journal to reflect that. This random quote would not have showed up in my Filofax planner or a pre-made one.

Bullet Journal Daily and Quote

Moving Pages Around

Lastly, here is another spread from my bullet journal. Again, this is possible with a binder planner, too. It shows up on page 50 because I started my journal off without much research and was just flying blind, putting in pages without planning them out. I didn’t decide I wanted a birthday calendar until, well, 50 pages in. This is a con of the bullet journal, you can’t move pages around.

For those of you who scrolled down to the list first, welcome! Here is a neat compilation of pros and cons of using a binder planner, bullet journal, and a pre-made planner. I did not cover many of these in the rest of the post, so keep reading!

Filofax Pros
– Ability to move pages around/remove pages
– Can buy pre-designed pages which saves time and is good for those who don’t feel creative
– Removable note paper capability
– Easy to divide into sections
– Lots of space to store notes, receipts, reminders, etc.
– More decorating options (dividers, tassels, etc.)
– Easy to keep organized

Filofax Cons
– Can get heavy and bogged down with inserts
– Expensive to buy, unless purchasing less pricey brand
– Rings can separate or become damaged/stop opening and closing properly
– Lacks the “journaling” feel
– Inserts can be pricey or free ones may not be what you’re looking for
– Cutting your own paper for self-printed pages

Bullet Journal Pros
– Less opportunity to get heavy/is more portable
– Easy to be spontaneous
– Lots of doodling and hand lettering space
– Ultra personalized
– Comparably inexpensive (the Leuchtturm1917 is around $20)

Bullet Journal Cons
– Can’t add more pages
– Can’t move pages around
– Not many pockets for storing notes, ticket stubs , receipts, etc.
– Time-consuming depending on level of design

Pre-made Planner Pros
– Saves a bunch of time not making your own layouts
– Can be affordable depending on brand
– Easy to start and maintain
– Requires less creativity if you’re not an “artsy” person

Pre-made Planner Cons
– Can’t customize layout
– Some can be a little pricey
– Can’t add pages
– May not contain any pockets
– Many do not have expandability
– Less opportunity to personalize and be creative

Whatever method you end up choosing, take joy in it! Planning is practical AND can be fun, too.

Tell me in the comments what type of system you use or are wanting to use, I love hearing from readers!