November 2017 (and NaNoWriMo) bullet journal set-up

I talked in my last post about moving to a hybrid bullet journal and digital planning system. In this post, I’m going to share my November 2017 bullet journal set-up, including my NaNoWriMo word count tracker.

My November monthly spread in my bullet journal

The monthly spread

First of all, yay for pastel highlighters! These ones are Pilot Frixion Light Soft and the black pen I’ve used for writing and drawing is a Stabilo Sensor. Because I’m aiming to avoid duplication and overwhelm, I’m keeping my monthly page minimal so I don’t end up writing lots of big lists of tasks. For each appointment, event or thing to do, I write only a very short note and then come back with more detail in my weekly spread, with further detail in my dailies if absolutely necessary. I have the dates and days down the left hand side of the page and only give myself one line per day to enforce brevity! My online post and habit trackers (again, minimal) live on my monthly spread, along with a space to write those “things I want to do this month but don’t have to happen on a certain date” tasks and any additional notes.


My NaNoWriMo word count tracker in my bullet journal

NaNoWriMo word count tracker

The vast majority of my NaNo-related stuff lives in Scrivener, with process notes in OneNote, but I couldn’t resist creating a word count tracker in my bullet journal. The dates are up the left hand side and words per thousand (eek!) are along the bottom. I’m really looking forward to being able to start filling this in.


A weekly spread in my bullet journal

Weekly spread

My weekly spread allows a generous amount of space for each day, but if I’m having particularly severe brain fog, haven’t slept much or am experiencing pain levels that make it hard to focus, I have the option to create more detailed lists in daily sections on other pages. For example, a task like “Share blog post” is sometimes all I’ll need to be able to get the thing done (I have all my social media places bookmarked in my browser so I can work through them in order) but sometimes I actually need a list of all the places I’ll be sharing the post so I can go through and tick each one off as I do it. On particularly bad days, I need to work from a list for literally everything, so my dailies sometimes include things like reminders to eat, drink water regularly, wash my face, feed the cat etc. I’ve also got our housework and animal-related tasks listed here, so once my husband and I have had a chat about who’s doing what over the coming week, I can put a little initial next to each one so I remember what I’m aiming to do and what he’s doing. My husband almost always does the litter tray empty-and-washes because my back explodes when I lean over the bath and I always feed Rex the axolotl because I don’t mind sticking my hands in a seething mass of live earthworms 🙂


I haven’t included any dailies here for the simple reason that I don’t set them up in advance. They happen as and when they’re needed, which isn’t always, and they’re really just lists of tasks, so I don’t go out of my way to decorate them or make them pretty.


That’s it for November’s set-up. I’ll be back with an update on how the month went planning-wise once I’m done with NaNoWriMo and have finished anxiously crying on my keyboard and questioning my life choices (j/k I’m super looking forward to it, even though there will probably be some stressy and less fun times over the month).

I love to chat about planning and productivity, so if you’re a bullet journaler (journalist?), 100% paper, fully digital, or somewhere in between, let me know about your system and we can geek out together 🙂

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