How are those New Year goals shaping up? In my previous post, I talked about choosing ONE goal at a time to work on. When you focus your efforts on one habit change at a time, your likelihood of adopting it as a long-term habit greatly increases. Today, I want to show you another tool that you can use to help you determine what one thing you need to focus on.
Level 10 Life is a concept that has been floating around the internet for a while. The idea is that you pick 8-10 areas of life that are important to you, like relationships, career, spirituality, etc., then rate yourself on the categories on a regular basis. I have been drawing out a Level 10 Life chart in my journal at the beginning of each month for about 5 months now, and I am shocked at the difference it has made in my intentionality to change habits! Here’s just a sample of what a Level 10 chart could look like (these are made up categories and made up scores).
So, here’s out it works. I like to do mine once a month, which is a good amount of time for me to work on a habit. You could choose to do it every 6 weeks, every 3 months, or whatever else works for you! I just copy the simple diagram I have outlined in black each month. I then write my 8 categories for each section (keep them the same each month). Next, I rate on a scale of 1-10 how I feel each category was in the previous month. For example, in the diagram above, the person felt they were lacking in rest and finances, but hey, they sure were happy!
The last thing I do is choose the category with the lowest score and reflect on why I rated it that low, and what ONE thing I can do in the following month to bring up the score. This is not a guilt-trip. It is not saying, “I am the worst at getting sleep.” It is saying, “Rest is very important to me, and my lifestyle this past month didn’t reflect that. How can I fix that this month?” So, with the above diagram showing the lowest score in rest, I would have a goal like, “Turn phone on silent by 9:00 PM every week night.” Or, “designate 3 hours on the weekend to put everything aside and rest.”
You don’t have to change everything at once. You don’t even have to change 2 things at once. Give yourself the time and grace to truly become the person you want to be. Pick your own 8 categories for a Level 10 Life chart, set a reminder on your phone to fill a new one out every month, and then pay attention to how you change. You just might be as surprised as I was!