A month in my bullet journal: November 2017

It’s been just over a month since I talked about how I plan with both a bullet journal and digital calendar and note apps, and shared my November 2017 bullet journal set-up.

With a full month of bullet journalling behind me, I’m so glad I switched back to paper planning! I’ve been using digital planning less and less, which I’ll talk about more in a moment.

I’ve blurred the details in the photos below because while I’m happy to share general information and experiences with my bullet journal, the world doesn’t need to know all the minutiae of my daily life. I actually feel a bit weird when people share bullet journal spreads and photos with all their personal bits and pieces included. Although I adore the bullet journalling community online, my bujo is primarily for me. It’s a functional tool and the last thing I want to do is have to consider how my personal info will be received by the internet 🙂

The monthly spread

Obviously the month’s isn’t quite over yet, so there are a few lines of the tracker not filled in, and I stopped actively using Ello (too many social media platforms, not enough time!) so that’s why there’s a line through the last few days of that column.

After bullet journaling on and off for the last few years, I’ve found a monthly spread that really works for me. This layout gives me enough space to write short notes about appointments, events and tasks for each day, and I’ve reduced the number of things I track down to a more manageable and less anxiety-inducing level. I still use the Fitbit app for all my health-related tracking stuff but yoga and meditation are part of my daily routine so I like to track them in the bujo.

My NaNoWriMo tracker (not photographed) was so much fun! I updated my word count every day on the NaNoWriMo website, but filling in a graph that I could see in my bullet journal was great for keeping the happy going all month.

Monthly money and gratitude

While I still use Google Keep to track weekly spend and expenses, because those notes are shared with my husband so we can both access and edit them, I’ve found that having this list of income and expenses, and a summary of weekly spending, in my bujo really helps me keep on top of things. I haven’t filled in totals for the month yet because there are still a few days to go, but I like the idea of being able to look back on that information for each month rather than just wiping and rewriting Google Keep notes.

Keeping a one line per day gratitude tracker has been a wonderful experience! On days when my health is particularly rotten, it helps to keep me thinking positively and appreciatin the blessings in my life. That stuff doesn’t make physical pain go away or magically create more mobility, but it lifts my spirits which makes me better able to cope with the difficult stuff.

All the collections!

When I started bullet journalling again, I wasn’t sure whether or not I would want to move almost everything over to a paper planning system, but I quickly realised that it made things feel a bit more manageable for me and I do love being able to flick through a notebook for information instead of having to look at screens all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my devices, but when I’m busy writing a lot, working on social media and engaged in online volunteering, my eyes really start to feel the strain.

Rather than take pictures of a whole heap of pages, here’s a list of collections I’ve added during November…

  • Morning routine
  • Email and social media admin
  • Bullet journal ideas
  • Blog post ideas
  • Twitter tags for writers
  • Things to buy and do: Home and garden
  • Books stats for Stone Flowers Grow In Cold Places
  • Blog and Twitter stats
  • Writing income tracker
  • Comfort and distraction list
  • Photography ideas
  • Personal brand notes
  • Healthy vegetarian meals and snacks
  • Look and feel good lists
  • Goals for the year ahead
  • Patreon schedule
  • Blog post schedule
  • Car Thieves launch plan

There’s a combination of work-related, creative and self-care collections in there, all of which are important to me and all of which have been really beneficial to have in my bullet journal. Because my word for the year is FOCUS, I’m working on being more intentional and organised with my online and work activity, and my bullet journal has been super helpful for that already.

I’ll be sharing my December 2017 bullet journal set-up next week. Are you a bullet journal enthusiast or a planning and productivity fan in general? Leave a comment and say hi!

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