This week we’re diving into the Goals section of The Bullet Journal Method.
This week’s behind the scenes:
Pages 150 - 165
Kim’s summary: Ryder opens by saying, “when set with intention, goals can provide structure, direction, focus, and purpose.” He states that “your goals should be inspired by your felt experience.” Curiosity about a goal is the first step. Having a real need for a goal will help you “weather the days, months, or even years it takes to fulfill them.” Patience will help you persevere. Curiosity will help you fuel the passion needed to achieve goals. To achieve your goals, you need a strategic plan. Ryder suggests creating a “Goals” Collection first. Next, the “5,4,3,2,1 Exercise” to slot your goals into. It’s “designed to help you conceptualize your goals in terms of time.”
Prioritize your goals by considering each entry in the exercise and striking out the ones that don’t “shine forth” and put an asterisk (*) to the left of each entry that is a priority - one per timeframe. Do this for both personal and professional goals for a total of 10 priorities. Add the 4 in the hour and time slots into your Daily Log and knock them out to build momentum towards your goals. Create 6 Collections for the rest. Focus on your priorities in order to learn as “the process accounts for the majority of the experience…that will help you grow.”
Next, break down your goals into Sprints. Start with a small task and see how you feel once it’s done because overwhelming yourself with an ambitious task can cause “feelings of hardship [which] can quickly eclipse those of curiosity or satisfaction.” Create Sprints with no barriers to entry with clearly defined actionable tasks within a short timeframe (1-2 weeks). Each Sprint can be its own Subcollection. Brainstorm the what and why and ask yourself questions to get the gears going. Schedule time on your calendar to work on your goals. Reflect after completing each Sprint.
- Create a Goals Collection and write down all of your goals, big and small.
- Try the 5,4,3,2,1 exercise for both personal and professional goals (153)
- Add hour and days goals to your Daily Log
- Break your goals down into Sprints
- Schedule your Sprints
- What are some of your goals?
- Did you find the 5,4,3,2,1 exercise helpful?
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