Level 10 life bullet journal goals can help you plan and strive towards the life you aspire to. Assess your current circumstances, set goals, and then work towards accomplishing all the things you deserve!

Level 10 Life Bullet Journaling

Level 10 life graph.

If you’ve never heard of level 10 life then this post will walk you through everything you need to know. 

If you’re aware of it already there’s also lot of inspiration here so you can get creative and draw out your own level 10 spread. (Or cheat and use the level 10 printables available under the resources tab!)

Read the bujo master post for everything you need to know about how to bullet journal!

What is Level 10 Life?

Level 10 life is a concept first introduced by Hal Elrod in his book The Miracle Morning.

The book aims to show how a morning routine built around six key practices has the power to change an area (or every area) of your life.

The book is reportedly ‘one of the most life changing books ever written’ – and naturally one of the recommended practices is journaling (hurrah!).

It’s actually referred to as scribing in the book, but the theory is the same (as, in fact, is the practice).

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Essentially, the book explores techniques for simple yet profoundly valuable changes you can make to improve your (experience of) life.

The principal ideas covered include:

  • Silence
  • Affirmations
  • Visualisation
  • Exercise
  • Reading
  • Scribing 

The theory of level 10 life is built around the idea of being able to rank life satisfaction in key areas, in order to actively work on improving each of them.

The activity itself involves taking some of the practices listed above, and utilising them in a powerful exercise designed to help you improve your life in three stages:

Stage one: Assess and rank your current life satisfaction, 

Stage two: Analyse what’s missing and what you’d like to achieve in order to improve various areas of your life.

Stage three: Create your level 10 life goals.

This is the initial process, however the magic happens when you repeat the exercise later in order to see how far you’ve come, where you have (hopefully!) improved, and which areas still need work.

When you’re ready to start hitting those goals, it’s well worth using a bujo habit tracker to help you!

Bullet journal level 10 life image with circle ruler tool.

Level 10 Life Bullet Journal Overview

I struggled to decide how to organise this post, because you need to know what you’re trying to achieve before you start the process, but on the other hand it helps to follow a logical list of instructions.

Therefore I’m going to provide a brief overview, and then I’ll go step by step with more details.

This is a summary of the process for level 10 life bullet journaling:

  1. First divide up your life into categories (unless you choose to focus on one specific area).
  2. Then create your spread, with a section dedicated to each of your chosen categories.
  3. Next assess each of these areas in terms of current life satisfaction.
  4. Finally establish goals to improve each category.

Now let’s take a look at how your spread will be laid out, before moving on to ideas for goals, and inspiration for level 10 life layouts.

How to Set Up a Level 10 Life Spread in Your Bullet Journal

Here’s how to set up a level 10 life spread in your bullet journal so it’s functional and also looks great too.

First, you need to decide which areas you’ll be focusing on for this exercise.

Ideally they’ll segment and encompass your whole life, so that taken as a whole, they give an indication of your overall current wellbeing. 

As mentioned above, you might instead choose to focus on one important area of your life, for example family or professional.

Either way is completely fine so long as your able to break it down further into around eight or ten smaller sections.

Keep in mind that the design you choose to use for your layout may be determined by the number of categories you select.

In The Miracle Morning there are ten areas specified, however, they may not all be relevant to you, or you may have more/different categories you’d prefer to focus on.

It’s your life, your journal, your spread – so it’s completely your choice. 

Note: if you’re planning to create a circular or square graph, for ease I recommend choosing an even number of categories to work with.

I’ll go over the original categories from Hal Elrod’s book as a starting point, suggest some alternatives, and then you can decide for yourself.

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Level 10 Life Categories

These are the areas recommended in The Miracle Morning, which you can use exactly as they are or customise to suit your needs:

  1. Career
  2. Family and Friends
  3. Romance
  4. Finances
  5. Health and Fitness
  6. Fun and Recreation
  7. Physical Environment
  8. Personal Development
  9. Giving and Contribution
  10. Spirituality

It’s easy to see why the original concept includes these categories: in terms of wellbeing, they’re all highly influential areas of our lives, any of which alone can have an enormous impact on our happiness.

Certainly all taken together they give a clear picture of our circumstances and how they measure up.

In fact, they have considerable crossover with Swarbrick’s 8 dimensions of wellness model, which has been used to craft an effective framework for the pursuit of wellness. 

Wellness (n.)

A conscious, deliberate process that requires a person to become aware of and make choices for a more satisfying lifestyle.

Dr. Peggy Swarbrick, 2012

8 Dimensions of Wellness

The 8 dimensions model consists of the following categories:

  1. Emotional / Mental
  2. Environmental
  3. Financial
  4. Occupational / Vocational
  5. Physical
  6. Intellectual
  7. Social
  8. Spiritual

Given the similarity to Hal Elrod’s list and the efficacy demonstrated by Swarbrick’s wellness model, these categories could be a good alternative if you feel they’re a good fit.

A pink journal lays on top of a white notepad. There's a pen on top of it and some pink confetti on the white desk beside it.

Alternatives you could consider when creating your level 10 life layout might include:

  • Values
  • Hobbies
  • Skills
  • Languages
  • Home
  • Travel
  • Education / Learning
  • Professional Development
  • Ambitions

Before we get onto each step of the exercise, it’s worth considering how much you’re able to commit to – this shouldn’t become a chore as you’ll be far less likely to follow through.

It’s supposed to guide you, not stress you!

With that in mind…

Making Level 10 Life Work For You

I love the concept of level 10 life, but I do have a note of caution…

I sincerely believe in the merit of always striving to be our best selves. It drives us, provides all-important purpose (a life value which plays a vital role in terms of life satisfaction), and truly drives us to become better people.

However, The reality is that trying to improve in every single area of life at the same time is a tall order – perhaps overwhelmingly so. 

This exercise can fail to work effectively if you put too much pressure on yourself when it comes to creating goals later. 

A journal open on a white desk with a pen and jar of sweets in the background.

Remember to use level 10 life as a guide to help you assess and focus on where improvements can be made, and that it will and should be a work in progress.

Healthy humans are always a work in progress, for our entire lives.

If you’re keen to try this spread but you’re looking to simplify the exercise, it can work just as well – and maybe even be more effective – to focus on a particular area of your life.

Do this for a month or a few weeks, and then create a new spread centering on a different category.

Level 10 Bullet Journaling Spreads to Inspire You

There are several options for your level 10 life layout, depending on your aesthetic preference, the tools you have available, and what – or more importantly how many – categories you’ve decided to include in yours.

Here are some more examples of how you could create your spreads:

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Tools For Creating Level 10 Life Spreads

Following on from what I touched on before, there are specific tools you’ll need to create particular graphs.

For spreads using only straight lines a pencil, ruler, and your journal grid guide should be sufficient. I like this ruler because it has a metal edge inlay for drawing precise lines.

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However if you’re looking to create a circular graph (because they do look special!), then you may want to invest in one of these stainless steel circular rulers which is ideal for bullet journaling:

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How Does Level 10 Life Work?

Once you’ve decided which areas you’re focusing on and the layout you’re going to use, it’s time to plan out your level 10 life spread.

Unless you’re experienced with bujo I recommend starting in pencil to avoid making errors. Then you can trace over the top in pen afterwards and rub away any pencil marks to leave a clean and crisp diagram.

Level 10 life worksheet bullet journal flatlay.

Once you’ve drawn out your graph, divide it into equal sections, each representing one of your chosen categories. Each section will be further divided into ten, representing the levels of level 10 life.

Now it’s time to for you to assess and rank each area of your life out of those ten levels.

With the categories being a little ambiguous and also likely having some crossover, it’s really up to you to interpret them in a way that makes sense for you personally. 

For example, one category which is often used is ‘Environmental’. For some people this will refer to their eco choices and carbon footprint; for somebody else it may refer to their home environment.

The only thing that’s important here is that it makes sense to you, and that you’ll remember what you meant by that specific category name.

Stage One – Assess and Rank Your Life Satisfaction

Now, with one being extremely poor and ten being exceptional with no room for improvement, rank your satisfaction for each of your chosen categories. 

It’s important you’re completely honest with yourself – remember, the point of a journal is your wellbeing and nobody else will see this unless you choose to show them.

Once you’ve assessed and ranked each category, assign different colours to each and fill them accordingly.

You should end up with a colourful level 10 life graph depicting your current life satisfaction, split into your selected categories, like this:

Level 10 life bullet journaling spread..

Stage Two – Analyse What’s Missing

Thinking about each area of your life, consider what’s missing that’s preventing you from ranking it higher.

This may be really clear for you immediately, or it might take some deeper analysing and evaluating. You may find that grabbing a notepad or turning a different page in your journal to brainstorm helps here.

Ask yourself probing questions until you nail down precisely what it is that you’d like to change, and then start to think about how you can practically begin to implement that change.

Stage Three – Create Your Level 10 Life Goals

Once you’ve created and filled out your level 10 life spread, and completed stages one and two, you’ll want to think about your goals for the future.

The idea is that you create specific goals related to each category, which will bring you closer to accomplishing the changes you identified in stage two, with the intention of improving your life satisfaction by this time next year.

Bear in mind that there is likely to be some crossover between certain areas. 

For example if you’re working with the original categories, family and friends and romance could both fall under the umbrella of relationships, so there may be crossover here. Likewise personal development and spirituality.

A journal with pink Post-It notes on top of it. There are some pale pink roses beside the journal and a cup of herbal tea half in shot.

Let’s take a closer look at each category and examine some possible goals…

Level 10 Life Bujo Categories and Goals

The following categories are amalgamated from Hal Elrod’s original list, Swarbrick’s wellness model, and the alternatives I suggested. 

Career / Occupational / Professional Development / Vocational / School

Feeling fulfilled professionally is not something everybody needs, but for those who are that way inclined, it’s a really important aspect of their life satisfaction.

Even if your employment is ‘just’ a job and doesn’t fill you with passion, it’s still a significant part of life, taking up a huge amount of your time if you work full-time hours.

And if you don’t get excited by your role, that in itself might be something you’ll want to consider.

I’ve included career, occupation, and vocation under one heading because while they have subtle differences, there’s a lot of overlap and goals for each are likely to be similar.

Level 10 life questions you could ask yourself are:

  • Does my work fulfil me?
  • Do I like my boss?
  • Do I have a good social circle in my job?
  • Do I like my working hours?
  • Am I earning as much as I want to be?
  • Am I as far ahead professionally as I deserve to be?
  • Are there things I could be doing to improve my chances of progression?

Level 10 life goals might include:

  • Attend a conference in your industry.
  • Find a mentor.
  • Take a course in your field.
  • Apply for a promotion.
  • Offer to mentor somebody less senior.
Journal beside a cup of tea and some purple flowers.

Family and Friends / Social

This is undoubtedly one of the most important categories on the list and should probably be included in everybody’s level 10 life graph. Humans are social creatures, and a good support network is essential to our wellbeing.

With loneliness being possible in the (poor) company of others more so than if we’re content by ourselves, it’s also important to think about the quality of the relationships we have others.

If a friendship is one-sided, draining, or toxic, this is a good time to reevaluate how valuable it is to your wellbeing.

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • Do I have enough quality time with my friends/family?
  • Do I feel positive after spending time with my friends/family?
  • Do I do enough for my friends/family to show my appreciation of them?
  • How could I be a better friend/daughter/sister, etc?
  • Is there anybody in my life who no longer brings me joy?

Goals might include:

  • Arrange a weekly/monthly catchup with X.
  • Offer to do shopping for X.
  • Plan a weekly call to X.
  • Reach out to (an old friend).
  • Ask one of the school mums/somebody from the gym, etc to meet for coffee.

Romance

Romance is easy in the first flushes of love, but keeping it alive in an established relationship can be much trickier. Incrementally, bit by bit without you even noticing, it can diminish if not nurtured.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Bringing romance back to your relationship is so valuable and healthy for a marriage, and makes for a happier home for everybody.

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • Do I value my partner enough?
  • Does my partner feel valued? 
  • How can I make my partner feel more valued?
  • Do we still laugh together? What used to make us laugh and how can we make more time for that?
  • How can we rediscover (first) our friendship and (then) our romance?

Goals might include:

  • Rediscover your shared passion for (previous hobby, etc).
  • Have a weekly date night, even if it is only at home.
  • Tell your partner often how much you value them/that you love them.
  • Do something kind for your partner each week. For example, get them flowers, give them a massage, make their favourite dinner.
Image shows a woman in a blue dress holding a bouquet of flowers behind her back.

Finances

Finances may not be an exciting topic, but the stress of money issues can overshadow everything good in life – so it’s vital to keep on top of this one!

Plus of course if you’re in a position where you’re able to save or invest then having that security is really beneficial too.

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • Am I sensible with my money?
  • Am I adequately repaying any debts?
  • Am I saving enough for retirement, or am I in a position to start doing so?
  • Is there anything I regularly waste money on?
  • Are there any areas I could cut costs?

Goals might include:

  • Save X each month.
  • Open a savings account.
  • Overpay debts to clear them more quickly.
  • Switch energy supplier.
  • Reduce daily coffee to once a week.

Health and Fitness / Physical

Just as with finances, poor health can overwhelm anything else positive in your life. 

And prevention is better than cure!

Just about everybody has the ability to eat a little better and move a little more, if they’re determined enough to do so. And your body will thank you for it both now and in years to come. 

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • Do I have any niggling health concerns I should get checked out?
  • Do I check my breasts/testicles regularly for lumps?
  • Am I a healthy weight?
  • Do I get enough exercise?
  • Do I drink too much alcohol/caffeine?
  • Is my diet healthy?

Goals might include:

  • Eat five (or ten if you can!) fruits and vegetables each day.
  • Drink two litres of water each day.
  • Regularly check breasts/testicles for lumps.
  • Cut down on alcohol/caffeine consumption.
  • Find a workout or other kind of exercise I enjoy and commit to doing it at least weekly.
Stretching Legs

Fun and Recreation / Hobbies

While fun and recreation are not critical to our core wellbeing in the same way as some of the categories we’ve already looked at, we all deserve to find pockets of joy in life.

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop having fun.

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • How often do I laugh?
  • Do I regularly spend time being silly?
  • Am I described as ‘fun’ or ‘serious’?
  • What does fun look like to me?
  • What pastime/s bring me joy or help me to relax?

Goals might include:

  • Join in with games and silliness with children/grandchildren more often.
  • Block out time for leisure each week.
  • Do what you need to to de-stress to make time for lightness, fun, and laughter in your life.
  • Seek out the company of people you consider to be fun and take inspiration from them.

Physical Environment / Home

Feeling at peace in your home and physical environment is something we may not often consider, but it can be a legitimate cause of irritation and agitation – or on the contrary, it can be a balm for the soul.

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • How does clutter make you feel?
  • What colours do you associate with relaxation?
  • Where is your happy place?
  • Which room in your home is your favourite?

Goals might include:

  • Decluttering and/or reorganising storage.
  • Redecorating one or several rooms.
  • Introducing a specific colour palette into your home.
  • Filling your home with more plants.
  • Spending more time in nature.
  • Updating the art on your walls.
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Personal Development

This covers an enormous variety of topics, from healing therapy, to finding purpose, to meditation – to almost any of the categories in this list.

Essentially, personal development is about continual growth, and finding peace – whatever that means to you.

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • Am I content?
  • Am I influenced by past trauma?
  • Do I ever self-sabotage?
  • Do I like myself?
  • What would my perfect life look like?

Goals might include:

  • Finally getting to therapy to help resolve historic trauma.
  • Regularly practicing inner child work.
  • Regularly spending time on shadow work exercises.
  • Weekly yoga and/or meditation.
  • Daily journaling. 
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Giving and Contribution

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama

I was doing this exercise with my young daughter and it occurred to me that she’s not able to do much in this area without us facilitating it.

And then I realised something powerful: giving and contribution may include charitable efforts, whether financial donations or with your time – but it doesn’t have to. 

Giving and contribution can be as simple as taking the time to smile and say good morning. 

On Pixie’s level 10 life we called this category ‘Community’, and neighbourly kindness, which costs nothing, is one of the goals she’s committed to – and is able to do without any assistance from us.

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • Am I selfish?
  • What do I do that’s altruistic?
  • How do I contribute to society/my community?
  • Am I able to offer any of my time or money to help others?

Goals might include:

  • Making sure to smile and say hello to neighbours/shop workers/security staff in stores.
  • Regularly litter picking.
  • Donating unwanted items of clothing and toys, etc.
  • Performing a random act of kindness each week or month.
  • Participating in a reverse advent calendar each Christmas.
A level 10 life graph with a blue journal and purple pen stacked on top of it.

Spirituality / Values

What is spirituality? It has various connotations and means different things to different people, but I like to think of it as the relationship we have with ourselves; how we view ourselves, and how we feel about ourselves.

Here’s how it is defined in the dictionary:

Spirituality (n.)

The quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.

One way I’ve seen it described is as comprising relationships, values, and life purpose, which feels right for me personally.

For others it may involve religion, or the cosmic and divine. Whatever it means to you, assuming it does centre around or at least include values is a good place to start.

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • Am I proud of myself?
  • Do I have integrity?
  • Do I try to do the right thing?
  • Do I apologise when it’s called for?
  • Am I open to listening and learning?

Goals might include:

  • Weekly meditation.
  • Daily journaling.
  • Write daily or weekly gratitude lists.
  • Find something to believe in (it doesn’t have to be religious or celestial).
  • Practice patience and forgiveness.
Yoga

Emotional / Mental

In theory, when all else is taken care of, your emotional and mental health should fall into place. Of course, even those with the ‘perfect life’ can be plagued by depression. 

But there are specific ways to help combat poor mental health, some of which I’ve already touched upon in earlier sections due to the inevitable overlap I mentioned between categories.

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • Am I content?
  • Am I unhappy?
  • Is there a pattern to my feelings (could it be hormonal or affected by diet)?
  • Which areas of my life cause me pain or regret?

Goals might include:

  • Journal regularly!
  • Start therapy.
  • Regular inner work, practiced independently.
  • Nourish your body with a healthy diet.
  • Move your body every day.
  • Spend more time with people who make you feel good.
Giving Flowers to Friend

Environmental

Our planet deserves our love and respect. If we don’t give it willingly we will see the majestic power of Mother Nature as she demands it.

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • What is my carbon footprint?
  • Do I drive or use public transport when I could walk or cycle?
  • What eco swaps could I make to reduce my single plastic usage?
  • How else could I better support the environment?

Goals might include:

  • Regularly go litter picking, or even just pick litter up when you see it.
  • Walk or cycle as often as possible.
  • Keep a canvas bag with you.
  • Take a refillable cup or bottle out with you.
  • Buy loose items in the supermarket when possible.
  • Shop in refill stores when possible.
  • Make a new eco swap each month if possible.
Zero waste.

Intellectual / Skills / Languages / Education / Learning

Challenging yourself frequently is the best way to remain alert and prevent boredom from poisoning your brain! There are many ways to do this…

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • Do I feel mentally challenged?
  • Am I bored?
  • Am I currently learning something new?
  • What stretches me that I enjoy doing?
  • Is there an area I’d like to learn more about?

Goals might include:

  • Do a weekly crossword or other brain puzzle.
  • Regularly seek the company of others who have interesting conversation and challenge you.
  • Read a challenging book every month.
  • Learn or become more proficient at a new/recently acquired/lapsed skill.
  • Sign up to a course to gain a new qualification.

Travel

If you’re fortunate enough to have the means (and COVID doesn’t put the kibosh on plans), making goals around travel is a fun area to include in your level 10 life activity.

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • If I could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  • If there was one experience I’d like to accomplish in my lifetime, what would it be?
  • The view that is like balm to my soul is… (Sunrise/sunset/the ocean, etc.)
  • My personal seven wonders of the world would be…

Goals might include:

  • Save X for a trip to X.
  • Visit X next year.
  • Plan a trip taking in several destinations.
  • Get a photograph of X landmark. 
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Ambitions

Ambitions could be linked to your profession, but they don’t have to be. They might fall under hobbies, or skills, or any number of other categories in this list. 

Essentially, an ambition is anything you have a strong desire to do or achieve. They help us find purpose, which as we’ve already discussed is enormously valuable in itself.

Questions you could ask yourself are:

  • What one thing would I like to accomplish this year?
  • What do I hope to achieve in my lifetime?
  • What would make me proud of myself?

Goals might include:

  • Learn to swim.
  • Learn a new language.
  • Learn to play an instrument.
  • Get a promotion.
  • Land a new client.
  • Get married.
  • Get out of debt.
  • Buy your first home.
  • Finish a challenging book.

Bullet Journal Level 10 Life Worksheet

Now you have lots and lots of ideas to get you started with creating your very own level 10 life spread, I thought you might appreciate some free resources to help you out!

I love how these circular graphs look, but unless you have the required tools they’re almost impossible to recreate. Don’t worry, I have you covered!

I’ve created two for you to choose from, one with eight sections and one with ten. I’ll likely add more as time goes on but I thought I’d start with the ones which are trickiest to draw out yourself.

These are available both with and without the title, in case you want to draw out your own header.

Level 10 Life 10 Sections
Level 10 Life 8 Sections

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Level 10 Life Inspiration

Finally I thought I’d finish with some inspiration for some great looking layouts you might like to take inspiration from…

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An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is a huge advocate of personal growth, focusing on journaling to increase positivity and facilitate mindful motherhood. With a wealth of experience in breastfeeding and CMPA, Kate is also an expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

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