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Some time ago I published on my Instagram account my level 10 life spread, and I actually got a lot of questions about it. Level 10 life, if you’re wondering, is an amazing practice that helps me a lot with my personal development and 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.
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I first discovered “Level 10 Life” when I was setting up my Bullet Journal. I was looking for a tool that could help me find a direction for my future goals and personal development, and so I came by this technique. It had a great impact on me and believe me, now, a year later, I’m not the same person I was – I found my life purpose and I found who I want to be.
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 be living 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 get an understanding of what your point B should be. Before you can achieve your goals, you have to have a clear understanding on where you stand at the moment, and level 10 life is what helps you with it.
How Does Level 10 Life Work?
Stage 1: setup 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 the way you feel about it right now.
You gotta be honest here though, make sure you assess it according to your own feelings, not the expectations of the society! 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 what would make you feel like a certain area of your life is at level 10. These are your goals, so consider this and plan out your future development based on this knowledge.
This exercise is a one-time evaluation, meaning that you don’t do anything else with this scale. You just make it, you figure out what your next steps are, and you’re done.
Stage 3: repeat. What you can do is to repeat this exercise once in a while. I personally 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 own 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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10 Areas Of Level 10 Life
The original concept as suggested by Hal Elrod has 10 different areas. Basically they encompass everything important and influential in our lives and together 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 definitely 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, 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 anything complicated either, just a small act of kindness can move your relationships a long way.
Don’t forget, that you grow with 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. Personally, 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 from personal development. The first step towards your goals is to transform. To actually become the person you need to be to achieve the success you want from your life. The goals you’re setting here are steps towards 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, 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
Even if you don’t believe in a higher power, this concept shouldn’t be overlooked. It really means something different for each one of us, after all. It can be religion, meditation or simple acts of kindness towards 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 your debts? There are many factors in play, so start from thinking about what is the most crucial issue for you right now. Some example 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 working environment? Or maybe you want to work from home? Ask yourself all the questions to find out how can you get a level 10 career you deserve!
Some example 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 it’s a separate category – your relationships with your other half is very different from all the others, and they require a very different approach. There is a lot of things you can do, and the most important is to remember that relationships require work.
It’s important to be mindful and not to take anything for granted. I will give some of the goal examples below but remember that all couples are different, and have your own 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 experience together
- Cook a 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 to 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 allowed yourself? What stops you from just doing it? Here are some of my goals, which can give you an idea:
- Visit Shanghai this year
- Visit one more city in China
- Practice my calligraphy
- Jump with a parachute, preferably from a plane.
- 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 for you, but mean the world to others!
It’s hard to donate money, especially if you’re struggling yourself. But it really doesn’t have to be just that. You can donate your time and care. Sometimes even just a smile to 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 to 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 totally 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 it goes without saying that 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 11 amazing Bullet Journal spreads to create a healthy lifestyle. Another great way is to actually experiment with your workouts and food habits until you find that perfect one.
Some of my personal health-related goals are:
- Join a yoga studio
- Drink enough water every day
- Start morning with a smoothie
- Cut down 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 really do encompass your whole life. However, I figured that you can kind of play around with it. As you saw on my page, for example, I only had 8 areas in my level 10. Some people might use even less.
For this spread I used: Zebra Mildliners, Staedtler Fineliner and this amazing stencil.
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 every time. For example, If you check my own Level 10 spread, I don’t have Romance.
Romance isn’t there because it’s actually on level 10 for me. I do need to remind myself to be mindful and always pay attention to how the relationship develops, but it’s really not a priority and not a weak link in my structure.
Another way to divide your life into areas is to do it by the role you play – mother, sister, daughter, 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
How To Setup Level 10 Life In Your Bullet Journal
The Original design is as follows: on one side, a pie chart, a circle divided into 10 parts, and each part 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 a lot of other cute ideas on how to make the designs more personal. For example, I did color coding and wrote the evaluation numbers on my right page, where I have my goals.
Other Ways To Do Level 10 Life Setup
Drawing a proper circle can be pretty hard. I definitely struggled at first. But there are a few solutions to it! First – you can just use a compass, and in case you’re afraid to add some holes in your spreads – you can try the Helix circle maker.
Alternatively, you can also 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 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 for me, it’s a good investment. But if you’re just starting out, 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 – just don’t use circles. There are so many other creative ways to show all the areas and their evaluation without drawing the 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.
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.
Love this format and its scientific look. Because the evaluation chart of horizontal it means that you probably can fit both sides of this spread on just one page.
A super cute take on my favorite format. This spread is so easy to do and you just decorate it with some stickers. I also really love the pastel blue color tone, makes the page look so calm.
How gorgeous is this page! And I love how the scale for evaluation is so barely seen you don’t even notice it from the first glance.
The fact that the liquid inside the jars is kind of night sky makes it a perfect match for Space and Galaxy Bullet Journal Theme.
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, really adds a spark to your page. My go-to silver and gold pens are Uniball Signo ones.
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.
Another take on a floral level 10 life spread. This one I feel like is a bit better than mine since the flowers are so simple that you can see the evaluation much clearer.
Plus I love how cute everything is on this page, including that amazing lettering.
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, really makes it look so unique.
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.
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.
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.
This is how you create a square-shaped level 10 life evaluation. Doesn’t it look absolutely 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.
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 a lot of interest to the page.
This is an amazing example of how handwriting can be a decoration in itself. I’m so in love with this handwriting.
A beautiful spread and a creative idea on how to add more fun to a graph style level 10 life spread.
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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