The Level Ten Life is a system of self-measurement that I first learned about from Kara Benz of BohoBerry. It divides life and success into ten areas of satisfaction, and you rate each from 1 to 10. 1 is “not satisfied at all”, and 10 is “exactly where I want to be in life”.
The method outlined by Kara has the following ten categories:
- Family & friends
- Personal development
- Fun & recreation
- Giving / contribution
- Physical environment
- Health & fitness
Some of these categories and the wording used didn’t really fit my lifestyle. Luckily, the greatest thing about all resources of this type is that everything is customizable! I’ve changed the categories for myself to the following:
I’m not very close with my family for personal reasons, so using a category that includes them as a priority feels a bit like lying. Additionally, I’m concerned about more people than just those I’m personally friends with. So instead, my cetegory here is about building community and helping others. My eventual goal is to run a cafe/community center helping others full time!
The idea of personal development is a very broad one, so I decided to narrow the focus a bit. Mental health does include a lot of things as well, however – including having a positive mindset, meditation, remembering my meds, and moving forward with therapy.
This one I kept, because this is a big deal for me. I’m not a Christian, but I am very spiritual and I take my connection to my gods very seriously – even though I do make jokes from time to time. This category is about daily devotion/prayer and offerings as well as research and new understanding.
This category to me is mostly about having enough money to pay my bills, and being able to treat myself every once in a while. Using money to help others is another huge priority of mine, but I have devoted an entire other category to just that.
Job & School
I want to make sure that the job I have while I’m in school is a good one, and doesn’t detriment my mental health. I also want to make sure I’m doing well at school and graduate with all the knowledge and experience I will need. And, finally, my ideal Level Ten of this category will be me holding my dream job, web development, as a full time career.
I’m not married to my partner, but I plan to be someday, so I’m allowing this category to remain fluid in its label. But being good to my partner is a huge priority of mine, as well as making sure my partner is being good to me. As an abuse survivor, it’s important to me to make sure both lanes of this two way street are operating as they should.
Leisure & goals
Most of my leisure time is spent working on personal projects and goals of mine, so I’ve combined the two into one category. In addition to those goals, however, this category is also about making sure I have enough downtime & self-care to keep me functioning as best as I can in all other areas.
This category is about using money to help others. A lot of my work in this area so far has been just giving money to impovershed trans people who come across my radar. I hope to be able to do even more when I have more money!
This is how comfortable I am in my living area. How my room, apartment, patio, etc. look. Currently I’m living in a basement in my partner’s parents’ house, but we plan to move into our own place as soon as we have the money saved.
Action / fitness
I’m not the most physically fit person, and I’m trying to change that. I’m also unfortunately a chronically physically ill person, so this category is about balance and doing what I can within my limits to make myself feel better physically.
Circle vs Square
Most of the BuJo enthusiasts I’ve seen using this model, including Kara’s (linked above), use a circular chart which is absolutely perfect for this. I don’t own a compass, however, and I could never draw perfect circles haha.
But I do have a straight edge, and after I saw this amazing square design on tumblr, I knew it was the way for me to go.
And in my opinion, it came out pretty good!
I’ve also started a setup for planning out goals and activities in alignment with these categories.
This kind of direction will help me to best “level up” and eventually become Level Ten in all aspects of my life!
If you want to read more about this system, please take a look at these:
- (This is an affiliate program link – I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.) The Miracle Morning | on Amazon.com
- Level 10 Life Explained | BohoBerry.com
- Level 10 Life: 100 Level 10 Goals to Complete in 10 Years | WomenWithIntention.com
- Level 10 Life Bullet Journal | ProductiveAndPretty.com
- Creating Your Level 10 Life | LittleCoffeeFox.com