On Creating Visual Goals

Welcome to Day 70 of my #100DaysofBulletJournalIdeas Project! 

Idea 70: Visual Goals

Visual Goals

Now here's an idea I'm very excited about that I've been meaning to share for a while now. Goal setting can be as simple or as complex as you'd like to make it. One method I have always found extremely helpful when working through things is by making them visual. 

This can be done in the form of mind maps such as:

Tiny Ray of Sunshine Mind Map.png

Or with images such as:

(My very quick sketches at the beginning of 2016, they would have been neater if I had slowed down, but I was just having fun and making something simple and quick) 

If you're wondering how I did with these goals, I'm pretty happy to say that I achieved 5.5 out of the 8.

My weight fluctuated due to stress and eating habits, but overall I'm pretty happy about how I gained a good amount of muscle weight due to running and cycling.

The monthly movie and daily skincare probably seem like silly goals to you, but to me, the monthly movie was an important way to make sure my sweetie and I could carve out a proper date night at least once a month. It was nice to have even if it was mostly a reminder.

The daily skincare was necessary because, although I got away with not having acne as a teenager, I developed a bit of it into adulthood and it didn't help that I would rub my face when I was stressed out, causing my cheeks to break out, so the daily skincare it was a reminder to not touch my face and to take care of it by washing it twice a day with my favorite face wash and applying a light yet effective moisturizer afterwards. This practice paid off because I managed to make my face pretty much blemish free with this powerfully simple process, hooray!

I did end up getting a new computer, an upgrade that was indeed very much needed.

I got rid of most of my wardrobe that did not 'spark joy' and bought a few new articles of clothing here and there. I didn't end up finding any booties I liked, though, still on the hunt for comfortable yet stylish booties to wear and walk around in.

I did happily get a beach cruiser as an anniversary present. 

I ran 3x/week at the beginning of the year and then I ran as needed, so I'm going to count that as a half-win. 

Waking up at 6am is still a work in progress, though I'm happy to report that it did happen here and there along with other times I was happy about. 

What I learned is that the phrasing for some of these was still a bit off. I've been adjusting my language when I consider the part of the activity that I truly enjoy. For example, when it comes to waking up early, I love the crisp early morning air and watching the sun as it rises. In this case, I love waking up with the sun. I also learned that for some of these, having a specific tracker helped, and for others, a different form of logging was useful.

It's all about experimenting and figuring out what works. 

I've discovered this method of creating visual goals to be very effective and I would highly recommend it. I've found that drawing things out helps you remember them better, for example, I would always make drawings and write letters to my best friends when I was younger and I can still remember a lot of the drawings I drew for them, but it's harder to remember what I actually wrote to them. Likewise, it's easier to remember what they wrote to me when there were images involved.

Here are my visual goals for the week:

Tiny Ray of Sunshine Weekly Visual Goals.jpg

Breaking down the steps visually is also incredibly helpful to have a point of reference to make it easier to achieve your goals.

Visuals are extremely effective and this method of drawing out my goals helped me achieve them because I had that mental image of what I spent the time drawing out. It was impregnated in my mind and made it stronger to hold onto and cultivate into my life as it was easier to visualize. 

You can create goals for the year, quarterly, bi-yearly, monthly, weekly, and even daily in a visual way. 

If you found this idea helpful, please credit and tag me in your own visual goals, I would love to see them and cheer you on! 

If you'd like to share your own visual goals, I'd love to see them in the comments below or you can tag me in your photo on Instagram or share it in my Tiny Ray of Sunshine Facebook group.

P.S. Another visual goals spread idea is creating a mindmap with images to focus on different parts of life. :)

P.S. If you're new to the Bullet Journal®, I recommend checking out BulletJournal.com, it was invented by Ryder Carroll - he's an awesome human that walks you through how to set up your own Bullet Journal with his handy tutorial video that you can check out here!

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