Bullet Journal Goals Organisation

January Review + February Plans

As I mentioned at the start of the year, I plan to reflect and set goals regularly. Today I thought I would sit down and reflect on the month of January and document my plans for February.

Without further ado lets jump right in:

– January Reflection –

What went well?

well

  1. I found a weekly spread that worked for me. Before I never saw their significance but now that I’ve found a spread that works I totally understand.
  2. at the end of 2016, I had different notebooks for different topics and, although it was great to have everything written down, I ended up doing twice the work I needed to because I couldn’t find the information I needed. Now (nearly) everything is in my Bullet Journal, it is quick and easy to find.
  3. I took out a swim membership midway through January and it has proven to be the motivation that I needed to really get my act together and start exercising regularly.
  4. Following on from my swim membership, I have managed to hit personal bests every time that I have been swimming and that in itself is the motivation I need.

What do I need to work on?

work on

  1. Daily Pages – at the moment I am using my daily pages as more of a brain dump than a daily page – I am loading them down with far too much information that is just impossible to achieve. In order to make my daily pages work I need to use my weekly spread and a brain dump to really help me to achieve as much as possible from each day.
  2. Diet – at the moment my diet is poor. I am well aware of this but I am too lazy to do anything about it. Throughout February I intend to meal plan and keep a food log and really hold myself accountable to what I am putting into my body.
  3. Brainstorming – I need to start sitting down and brainstorming projects rather than just diving in and then floundering when I have run out of ideas and start to doubt myself.
  4. I need to reflect more. I am planning to reflect at least monthly but I would like to reflect as often as weekly to ensure that I am getting the most out of every day and every challenge that I undertake.

What was time well spent?

well spent

  1. blogging. this month I set myself a goal to publish at least one blog post a week. for me, this felt achievable but was providing no reward – I had the post prepped and scheduled ahead of time and then felt like I was losing connection with my blog so for the month of February I am aiming to publish a blog every day.
  2. planning – planning was time really well spent for me this month. I have my editorial calendar for my blog and a 2017 diary and my bullet journal for personal planning and it is really starting to pay off so here’s to more planning throughout February.
  3. De-cluttering -it could be that it is the start of a new year and I want to de-clutter *all* the things or it could be that I have finally reached lost my patience with the amount of *stuff* that I own but I am slowly and surely de-cluttering my room (and my life) and the feeling of contentment that it leaves me just cannot be beaten.

What would I change?

change

  1. Burnout – I rush headlong into things and then run out of confidence and ideas because I haven’t planned enough and have no idea what I was aiming to accomplish and then having no way to measure whether I achieved what I set out to do.
  2. Procrastination – I am the worst for this, especially because I never hold myself accountable. I have set up a timelog for the month of February and I intend to fill it out honestly so that I can really see where I am letting myself down and fix it.
  3. Lack of Organisation – throughout most of January I was working out of 4 notebooks and I really didn’t know whether I was coming or going. Now that I am primarily back in my bullet journal (with another notebook for my blog planning) I feel much more organised and I intend to keep it this way.

What was money well spent?

well spent money

  1. this month I treated myself to a new laptop – it is so much lighter and smaller than the other one I had so it has made life so much easier because I can carry it around with me and blog while I am on the go.
  2. I also bought a new mouse and USB keyboard to go with my laptop this month and it has just been so helpful when I am working at my desk because I have what I need in front of me and still be able to type and use my laptop.
  3. Another thing that was money well spent this month was webhosting. As you can see I now have a personalised web address and it is just the best!

What was money wasted?

wasted

  1. unhealthy food and drinks – this was such a waste of money and something I definitely need to sort out.
  2. books – this is such a hard one to write. I need to get rid of so many of my books because I’ve read them and didn’t love them but I until I’ve done this I really don’t have anywhere to store any new ones.
  3. clothing – I need to stop buying clothes that just don’t suit me and I don’t feel comfortable in. I am tempted to try Caroline Joy’s capsule closet method to work out what I really want to add to my wardrobe.

How can I make February better?

February

  1. Set achievable and accountable goals
  2. Create a weekly brain dump
  3. Use the pomodoro method to help stay on task
  4. Create a meal plan + food log
  5. Reflect and plan every evening
  6. Set an admin day once a month/week to stay on top of things
  7. Set a budget and stick to it!!

Goals for February:

goals

now that I have analysed January, I know what I want to get out of February so here are the goals I have set:

  1. Add 3 more lengths every time I go swimming
  2. Set a schedule and plan accordingly
  3. Introduce and use the pomodoro method daily
  4. Introduce a weekly brain dump
  5. Reflect!

What are your goals for February?

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