Hello Planning Mashers!
Some time ago, I published on my Instagram account my level 10 life spread, and I got a lot of questions about it.
Level 10 life, if you’re wondering, is an amazing practice that greatly helps you with your personal development and life goals.
The reason for this post is to answer some of those questions and to let you all know about it and understand how it works, so hopefully, it can help you as well.
I first discovered “Level 10 Life” while setting up my Bullet Journal. I was looking for a tool to help me find a direction for my future goals and personal development, so I came by this technique.
It greatly impacted me, and believe me; I’m not the same person I was – I found my life purpose, and I found who I want to be, and I became that person (well, in some ways, I still don’t drink enough water haha)
So let’s talk about this concept, how it can help you crush your goals, and, of course, how to set it up in your Bullet Journal.
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What Is Level 10 Life?
The Level 10 life concept was created by Hal Elrod in his bestselling book “The Miracle Morning”.
He explains it like this: “If we’re measuring our levels of success/satisfaction in any area of our lives, we all want to live our best lives at a ‘Level 10’ in each area.
Creating your ‘Level 10 Life’ begins with creating an honest assessment of where you are.”
So what is level 10 life?
It’s a way to assess your point A and understand what your point B should be. Before you can achieve your goals, you have to have a clear understanding of where you stand at the moment, and level 10 life is what helps you with it.
How Does Level 10 Life Work?
It is pretty simple, so just go through these steps, and you will be all set!
Stage 1: set up and evaluate
You create a circle graph (more on this further down the line in the setup section), divided into 10 parts – 10 major areas of your life. Each area should be assessed from 1 to 10, according to how you feel about it.
You gotta be honest here, though; make sure you assess it according to your feelings, not society’s expectations!
Done? Now color the sections of each area according to how many points you gave to each area.
Stage 2: write your goals
Once you’re done with that, think about your life for each area to be at 10.
It’s important, though, that you realize it’s not an easy task to have everything at ten, so maybe getting it one level up is a good enough idea to start with.
But now that you have a good image of what your improved life looks like, it’s time to set your goals. I always recommend starting with 3 goals for each area you decide to work on.
This exercise is a one-time evaluation, meaning that you don’t do anything else with this scale. You just make it, figure out your next steps, and you’re done.
Stage 3: Repeat
What you can do is repeat this exercise once in a while. I do it once a year but feel free to do it as often as you need since it’s a great way to evaluate your life and get back on the right track when you feel a bit lost.
If you want to create your circle Level 10 Life spread, there is a free printable in our Resources Vault. You can find it in the “Other Printables” section.
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level 10 life category ideas
As Hal Elrod suggested, the original concept has 10 different areas.
They encompass everything important and influential in our lives and create a full detailed picture of our current situation. Let’s look into the areas:
Family And Friends
People are social creatures; that’s just a fact. Even introverts like myself need our close trust circle. Maintaining good relationships with your family and friends is one of the most crucial aspects of life.
The relationships you have define you in more ways than you think. So having healthy and happy relationships with your friends and family is one of the cornerstones of building your success.
Think about what you can do to improve these connections. Be selfless – think about how you can help these people and what you can give them that they might be lacking.
All this energy will be given back to you twofold. It doesn’t have to be complicated either; a small act of kindness can move your relationships a long way.
Don’t forget that you grow with the people around you. So try to surround yourself with positive, successful, inspiring people. People who will motivate you to improve and be better every day. I’d like to include here not only working on your existing relationships but also working on creating new ones.
Some possible goals you might have are:
- Call grandparents every week
- Monthly friends’ meetup
- Spa day with girls
- Visit family at least once a year (for those of us who live so far away)
- Go to at least one event per month to meet new people
Hal Elrod teaches us that the road to success starts with personal development. The first step towards your goals is to transform. To become the person you need to be to achieve the success you want from your life.
The goals you’re setting here are steps toward you becoming a better version of yourself.
Think of what stops you from achieving the success you want, and add here what you need to change in yourself to get rid of this stopper. Think of the ways you can enrich your mind and the habits you should include to mold yourself into that perfect person you always wanted to be.
Some possible goals you might have are:
- Read 15 min daily
- Learn a new skill
- Start keeping a journal with daily thoughts and ideas
- Attend a conference or a seminar
- Listen to podcasts instead of music while driving
This concept shouldn’t be overlooked even if you don’t believe in a higher power. It means something different for each one of us, after all. It can be religion, meditation, or simple acts of kindness toward the people around us.
Spirituality is about connecting with something bigger than us, and you can choose to do it in any way you like. Here are some of my spirituality goals as an example:
- Daily meditation practice
- Daily gratitude log
- 5 minutes at the end of the day to reflect upon it
- Find what spirituality means to me personally
- The daily act of kindness
We all want financial prosperity and independence, but what does it mean to you? What stops you from having level 10 finances? Do you want to save more, or earn more, or maybe you want to clean up your debts?
There are many factors in play, so start by thinking about what is the most crucial issue for you right now. Some examples of financial goals are:
- Save 10% from each paycheck
- Pay off credit card debts
- Grow income by 10%
- Lower student loans debt
- Develop a money management system that works for you
Work is where we spend a significant part of our lives, so wouldn’t you say it’s important to make sure you’re happy there? The only one stopping you from being happy with your career is yourself! There are always opportunities when you look for them.
What would make you happy with your career? Do you like what you do but just want to take the next step? Do you hate your boss and the working environment? Or maybe you want to work from home?
Ask yourself all the questions to discover how you can get the level 10 career you deserve!
Some examples of goals are:
- Get certification in your field
- Join a networking group of like-minded professionals
- Try yourself in a new field of work
- Look for job opportunities in your dream company
- Attend a conference in your niche
I’m happy that this was put in a separate category – your relationships with your other half are very different from all the others, requiring a very different approach.
You can do many things, and the most important is to remember that relationships require work.
It’s important to be mindful and not take anything for granted. I will give some of the goal examples below but remember that all couples are different, and have your relationships in mind when you set yourself goals in this area.
Some possible goals you might have are:
- Listen to your partner more mindfully
- Have a date night once a week
- Randomly remind him/her how much they mean to you
- Try new experiences together
- Cook dinner together once a week
Fun & Recreation
You can’t be on your level 10 self if you don’t get enough rest. Here I don’t mean being a blob… DON’T BE A BLOB … but actively do fun things and create more energy out of it.
Think big – what makes you happy when you’re doing it? What did you always want to do but never allow yourself? What stops you from just doing it?
Here are some of my goals, which can give you an idea:
- Visit one new place this year
- Practice calligraphy
- Learn a new creative skill
- Visit a new restaurant/bar every month
Giving & Contribution
By giving to others, you don’t just improve somebody else’s life; you also impact your own. You can’t help everyone, of course, but just think of the little thing you can do.
It might be insignificant to you, but it means the world to others!
It’s hard to donate money, especially if you’re struggling yourself. But it doesn’t have to be just that. You can donate your time and care. Sometimes even just a smile at a stranger can make their day.
Some of the goals you can set for yourself:
- Donate the clothes/shoes I don’t wear anymore
- Buy a coffee for the person after you inline
- Spend a day helping at a shelter
- Volunteer in the local community
- Support a small business owner
Ever noticed that when you wake up in the morning to a sink full of dishes, your day gets less productive and pretty slow? I did; I feel more energy and will to do things and improve myself when my physical environment is nice and enjoyable.
Don’t underestimate the influence of the surroundings on everything from your mood to the amount of work you can do. Mind you; it doesn’t mean you need to start redecorating and throwing away everything you own.
Just make sure you create a physical environment that allows you to feel happy and productive. Here are some goals I defined for myself:
- Declutter the house
- Reorganize the drawers
- Make sure the blinds are easily accessible for opening and bringing in more light
- Develop and stick to a cleaning schedule
- Get a wake-up light therapy alarm clock
Health & Fitness
Your success starts and ends with your health, so you need to pay extra attention to your health and diet.
For me, the difficult part was always a motivation, and here is where my Bullet Journal came into play.
If you struggle to keep your health habits, check out these amazing Bullet Journal spreads to create a healthy lifestyle. Another great way is to experiment with your workouts and food habits until you find the perfect one.
Some of my personal health-related goals are:
- Join a yoga studio
- Drink enough water every day
- Start the morning with a smoothie
- Cut down on sugar consumption
- Start planning out my meals weekly
Any other options?
The original system does suggest you should have level 10 in all of these areas since they do encompass your whole life.
However, I figured that you could kind of play around with it. As you saw on my page, I only had 8 areas in my level 10.
Some people might use even less.
The way I see it – it’s pretty hard to concentrate and work on everything together. So it’d be useful to have fewer areas every time you do this exercise, but then do it more often and switch your focus.
For example, If you check my Level 10 spread, I don’t have Romance.
Romance isn’t there because it’s not something I can (or even want to) work on right now, so instead, I work on the areas I can improve.
Another way to divide your life into areas is by the role you play – mother, sister, daughter, or manager. Alternatively, you can just think of what areas of life are important for you at the moment and just work on that.
Here are some ideas for other areas you might want to consider:
- Mental health
- Professional Development
Level 10 Life Bullet Journal Layouts
The original design is as follows: on one side, a pie chart, a circle divided into 10 parts, and each part is divided into 10 layers.
Each section should be named according to the area of your life it represents, and each of the 10 parts in the section should be numbered.
That way, you can see in one glance how you evaluated each area. On the other side, you write down all the areas and your goals for each one. Pretty easy, right?
However, it wouldn’t be a Bullet Journal spread if the community didn’t come up with many other cute ideas to make the designs more personal.
For example, I did color coding and wrote the evaluation numbers on the right page, where I have my goals.
Other Ways To Do Level 10 Life Setup
Drawing a proper circle can be pretty hard. I struggled at first. But there are a few solutions to it!
First – you can just use a compass, and if you’re afraid to add some holes in your spreads – you can try the Helix circle maker.
Alternatively, use the free printables Level 10 Life circle in our Resources Vault. If you don’t have access yet, the signup form is at the end of the post.
The second way (this is how I did it!) is to get a level 10 stencil. My favorite stencil is the one on Etsy from Jayden’s Apple – this is always my go-to place for stencils.
I do my level 10 live at least a few times a year, so it’s a good investment for me. But if you’re just starting, this system might not work the best for you, so hold your horses on all the buys and check the third way.
The third way – is just don’t use circles. There are many other creative ways to show all the areas and their evaluation without drawing circles! Simply check some of these amazing ideas below, and I’m sure you’ll find a way that fits your style.
Below I’ll share tons of inspirations from other creators, but first, check out my Plan With Me video with 7 ideas on how to set up Level 10 Life spread in your Bullet Journal.
This was my take, but see what other creators came up with below.
And I’m sure you can come up with a different version for your journal.
Mandata Level 10 Life by @znzunblog
Remember that weird mandala spread I tried to create?
Well, here is a much better version of this concept; so much easier to see the evaluation.
Oh, and if you don’t know anything about mandalas, check my post How To Draw And Use Mandalas In Your Bullet Journal.
Level 10 Life Horizontal Chart by @artesanal.ink
I love this format and its scientific look.
Because the evaluation chart of horizontal, you can probably fit both sides of this spread on just one page.
Level 10 Life Chart by @icecreamjoplans
A super cute take on my favorite format. This spread is easy to do, and you just decorate it with stickers.
I also really love the pastel blue color tone; it makes the page look so calm.
Level 10 Life Jars by @bujowithbecky
How gorgeous is this page! And I love how the scale for evaluation is so barely seen you don’t even notice it at first glance.
The fact that the liquid inside the jars is a kind of night sky makes it a perfect match for Space and Galaxy Bullet Journal Theme.
Square Variation Of Circle Level 10 Life
If you can’t make a circle one, you can always do a square version of it.
Just be careful to calculate things properly, because I didn’t and made a big mistake. I cleverly covered up here with a white gel pen, my favorite hack to fix Bullet Journal mistakes.
Astrological Level 10 Life Spread by @ened.illustration
This looks absolutely stunning, and what a clever idea to use constellations to evaluate your 10 life areas!
Ok, here it’s actually 8, not 10, but you know what I mean.
It’s a very cool effect to use a gold (or silver) pen to draw the stars; it really adds a spark to your page.
My go-to silver and gold pens are Uniball Signo ones.
One Page Level 10 Life by @bromlebi
The best-looking level 10 life spread if you ask me.
And because the evaluation graph is very compact, you still get tons of space for all your goals.
I also absolutely adore the colors used in this spread; I wish I knew what pens have such amazing colors.
Mandala Level 10 Life Bullet Journal Page
My take on mandala level 10 life didn’t go that well.
My idea was to add a level to a mandala for each level. But I haven’t sketched it well enough, so in the end, looking at it, I have no idea what each part of the mandala means.
That’s why for the area for the goals, I added numbers.
Floral Level 10 Life Page by @you.are.so.magical
Another take on a floral level 10 life spread.
I feel this one is a bit better than mine since the flowers are so simple that you can see the evaluation much more clearer.
Plus, I love how cute everything is on this page, including that amazing lettering.
Celestial Level 10 Life by @instaliddy
Don’t like my boba idea? Well, you can do the same but with coffee cups!
It’s also pretty fun that instead of coffee, there are galaxies in each cup, which really makes it look so unique.
Boba Tea Level 10 Life Spread
This is me trying out something creative.
I thought boba tea was a good idea because I can evaluate it by adding tapiocas to each boba tea cup, which serve as categories.
Level 10 Life Chart by @hayleyremdeart
The classic and clean look of level 10 life, all straight to business.
The evaluation will be a chart when it’s done, so it will be pretty easy to see where you’re at.
Level 10 Life Page by @redblackjournal
The lettering style on this page is so cool, and I really like that there is a little quote there.
I feel like adding motivational quotes to goals pages is a fantastic idea.
Floral Level 10 Life
Here is my take on a floral level 10 life spread.
I went with a different route by just drawing flowers with 10 petals. It was a very fast and easy one to set up, and I think it came out looking quite cute.
If you don’t know how to doodle flowers, check my post How To Draw Beautiful Flower In Your Bullet Journal.
Clothing Level 10 Life Bullet Journal Spread by @marianeofcysn
Turning level 10 life into a drying laundry – how creative is this idea?
Also, I just have to note that the handwriting here is just amazing.
If handwriting is something you want to start working on, be sure to check my post 9 Easy Tricks To Improve Your Handwriting.
Square Level 10 Life Bulle Journal Page by @littlethingsbring
This is how you create a square-shaped level 10 life evaluation.
Doesn’t it look perfect?
I really like that there was enough space to write the areas of life on the evaluation chart; this definitely helps when working with this technique.
Level 10 Life by @claire.scribbles
This is such a cool idea for this spread.
Everything is well located; there is space for all the goals, and evaluations are also very well-seen and clear.
I think that little black background with white stars adds great interest to the page.
Level 10 Life And Vision Page by @craftysheri
This is an amazing example of how handwriting can be a decoration in itself.
I’m so in love with this handwriting.
Floral Level 10 Life Bullet Journal Spread by @stationerysmile
A beautiful spread and a creative idea on how to add more fun to a graph-style level 10 life spread.
If you’re looking for some other ways to set and achieve your goals, check my blog post Goal Setting In Your Bullet Journal.
Level 10 Life Printables
I want to make it easier for you to use this system, so I created some printables in my shop.
It’s a bundle with all you need for your level 10 life.
The bundle includes 4 different types of level 10 life spreads, so you can play around and see what format is more fun for you.
It also has a prep page for you to decide to what level you want to get your life and how you want it to look.
Finally, it has a spread for you to set 3 goals in each area and start working on transforming your life.
Be sure to CLICK HERE to check it out.
So, are you ready to start building the life you want and deserve today? Have you ever used level 10 life? Or maybe you use some other way to set your goals and track your progress?
Please share it with us all in the comments!
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