The bullet journal is great for planning, but it also is excellent for doing some introspective work. Sometimes you need to dig deep and take stock of where you are in life. One way to do that is by drawing out a Level 10 Life chart. I first saw this on BohoBerry’s site and I instantly fell in love. This spread is a way to look at 10 different aspects of your life and how well you think you are doing in each one, with 10 being the very best level possible.
I actually did one back in February in my Morning Pages journal for some of the weekly work. The assignment described something similar, where you take stock of how happy you are in a few areas of life. I adjusted it to the Level 10 Life chart because it seemed more in-depth than the original assignment. So I drew out my circles with the help of the dot grid of my Leuchtturm 1917 and colored each piece of the pie separately with Crayola colored pencils. When I sat down and looked at several areas of my life, I realized that I was experiencing a less than ideal situation and that I wanted to work toward raising those standards. I just drew another one the other day to see how things have changed in the last several months. I used my Micron Pens, Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, and a single Prismacolor Premiere Fine Line Illustration marker because my Staedtler set doesn’t include purple (my only complaint with the 10 pack!)
The ten areas of life that the chart delves into are:
Family and Friends
Fun and Recreation
Health and Fitness
I realized after looking at my chart that I had been on cruise control for many areas of my life and I needed to actively work towards making each one better. While I haven’t made huge progress since I set up my original chart, I feel better as I work towards my goals.
There are a few pieces of the pie that have changed for the negative since I first drew my spread. I would like to blame finals consuming Jon’s life and vicariously my own. Also, I have been sick for the past three weeks and that has had an effect on many areas of my life. And this is OK! Sometimes life will have a few drawbacks, and you just need to acknowledge them and work harder. The Universe never gives us the easy path, but that is just a part of the journey. I think I am going to do this chart every six months from now on so I can assess my growth and readjust my path so I can best achieve my goals.
The Level 10 Life spread really is an easy and invaluable tool for taking a moment to really look at yourself and be honest with where you stand in your life. It might be a bit shocking to realize that you aren’t nearly as spiritual or healthy or social as you thought you were, but knowing where you are is half the battle. Then you can start to really push toward your ideal self instead of living day to day on autopilot. I would suggest this method for anyone wanting to live a happier and more honest life. I know it has made me more honest, and I feel like a better person because of it. Since I originally wrote this post I have done another Level 10 life and played around with a different way of doing it, you can see that post here.
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