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Level 10 life check-in

July marks the start of the second half of the year, and the start of the third quarter. That also means that it is time to take a look at my level 10 life, and see what changes have occurred since April (when I did my last level 10 life check-in).

Level 10 life check-in. Starting the third quarter of the year.

In case you haven’t heard of Level 10 life, basically what it is–you take ten different areas of your life (friends & family, personal development, spirituality, finances, social life, career, fun & recreation, giving & contributions, physical environment, and finally health & fitness) and you rate them on a scale of 1 to 10.

When you rate them, you’re not suppose to spend a lot of time thinking about it–you rate them as how are they are–not how you would like them to be.

I started doing this last year (when I first read about it), and I will admit that there really hasn’t been any huge changes in any given area. I’m lucky if I can get things up to a five or a six. There are some areas that have held constant at around a five (namely family and friends), and my lowest has been at a one (social life).

My long term goal is to try to get things up to a seven or an eight, and I’d prefer if I could also maybe get my social life up to a four or a five. Every area needs work, as this check-in has shown that things have slipped backwards just a little compared to my April check-in.

While I could try to focus on little things for all ten different areas, I’m thinking that I’m going to try to focus on just three or four areas. Therefore my goals will be:

In terms of personal development: Continue reading different non-fiction books and working through different e-courses.

In terms of spirituality: Meditating daily, and doing a daily tarot/oracle card reading (even if I don’t share them right away).

In terms of career: Working on my “reboot break”, my transition plan, and trying to network more.

In terms of health and fitness: Trying to get back into a workout routine (either doing a program all the way through, or creating my own hybrid calendar).

I think that these are the basically the three big areas I need to focus: health (physical and mental), career (figuring out the next step), and just working on becoming the best me possible. Once I have these headed in the proper direction, everything else should also head in the proper direction.

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Photography Challenge Day 1: Level 10 Life update

So besides updating my 101 goals for the next 1001 days (and hopefully looking at them more often), I also updated my Level 10 life.

So yesterday I sat down and drew out where I thought everything was sitting in the 10 different areas of life: friends & family, personal development, spirituality, finances, career, social life, fun & recreation, giving & contribution, physical environment, and then finally health & fitness.

As usual things were going up and down in numerous areas. The only one that really stayed the same was my social life at basically 1. I realize that I have no social life, and currently I’m perfectly fine with that, though I know that getting out could help with the networking–I just really don’t have the energy to do it right now. I’m sure that it will change once I move to a new city and meet new people.

So what are some things that I can try to do over the next three months to try to bring the numbers up?

  1. Get in touch with friends/family via email, facebook, linkedin.
  2. Continue reading personal development books & getting through at least one personal development course that I’ve bought.
  3. Mediate about 5 minutes a night and do daily tarot card readings
  4. Savings challenges and limiting what I’m buying on campus.
  5. Working on my transition plan and networking
  6. Meeting up with friends for lunch (or walking around Boomer Lake) and/or trying to make it to a Cheeky meetup.
  7. Schedule time for crafts
  8. Go through clothes to possibly donate
  9. Repack boxes in storage unit & straighten up my bedroom
  10. Start either another round of LIIFT4 or try to do InsanityMax30 again.
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Level 10 quarterly update

So as you know I decided to switch things up this year and try different ways of doing my goals–so instead of setting a long list of resolutions at the beginning of the year, I decided I’d try two different things: 101 goals in 1001 days (though I’ve gone beyond the 101 goals) and looking at my life from a level 10 perspective.

Basically with the level 10 life, you take 10 areas of your life and you rank them from 0 to 10 (0 being totally unhappy and 10 being totally happy with the way things are turning out). Then depending on how you ranked everything, you can set a goal (or two) to work on in each area to try to bring that number up higher the next time you do an level 10 assessment.

So I’ve been trying to do the level 10 assessment quarterly (every three months). So this would be my second assessment of how I’m doing based on the goals I set at the end of March (it’s hard to believe that we’re already half way through the year).

So I actually went and bought a new journal for the second half of the year–and it is one that is actually recommended more for the bullet journal process, as it’s a dot journal. there aren’t any actual lines in the journal—just rows of dots. So this time the graphs don’t line up perfectly with the titles underneath, but hey–it’s my first time I’ll get better with practice.

So basically I’m holding steady in each area (with minor 0.5 variations in both directions with several of the areas). Right now my social life has the lowest setting, but that is due in part to being an total introvert and not really wanting to go out to bars with friends; and the fact that I’m quite content not really having a social life. Yes this is something that I know I need to work on, but being totally honest–it is probably going to happen after I move again for the new job.

As I stated in the quote that I placed on the page: “Strive for progress, not perfection”.

So most of my goals for the level 10 life are what I had at the end of the first quarter. Though I can say that I am going to start working on organizing my storage unit this month–maybe by working on that I can kick start several other areas as well. Sometimes our biggest blockade in where we are wanting to go is us–sometimes we just have to get out of our own way (at least mentally) and just trust in the universe that we are going to end up where we need to be.

So maybe–just maybe this quarter I will get a few of them edging a little higher or at least have put a big enough push to get the momentum needed to start going in the proper direction.

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