I cannot believe that we are in November; where has 2021 gone? We are only a few weeks away from 2022! I love this time of year when you have cosy nights under blankets and that it’s getting ever closer to Christmas, which I love! This month, I am hoping to get all my Christmas shopping done as well as complete my online pain clinic programme.
I had been taking a break from bullet journaling, but I am back to designing and using my Dingbats journal. I have missed using a bullet journal and being creative with coloured pens, washi tape and I am going to share some November bullet journal ideas with you.
What is a bullet journal?
Bullet journaling is a planning system that uses the bullet journal method created by Ryder Carroll. The system organises you with the use of to-do lists, brainstorming reminders and trackers. The name ‘bullet journal’ comes from the use of abbreviated bullet points to log information as well as the use of dart journals, which are gridded using dots rather than lines.
What are the benefits of using a bullet journal?
Bullet journaling has various pros and cons when using this planning system. The benefits of using a bullet journal are:
- You can have a layout that suits your needs
- It is undated, so you can use it as and when you are busy
- It gives you a creative outlet when designing your bullet journal spreads
- Enables you to be organised
- Boosts your productivity
November Bullet Journal ideas:
1. Habit Tracker
Research has shown that forming new habits can take between 18 to 254 days to become automatic. Habit trackers are a tool to help remind you daily of existing as well as new habits. You can track habits in a list form, or in other creative designs. The notion of checking off tasks whether it is a habit or a work task, it can give you a sense of achievement and productivity.
Crossing off tasks can invoke a feeling of motivation to achieve more on your habit tracker or your work to-do list. Keeping a habit tracker is a great way to hold yourself accountable for certain actions and works as a great reminder. Utilising a habit tracker will help you feel more organised and will be more productive with your time. Habit trackers are not only for bullet journals and you use them in a spare notebook or paper you have.
I have listed a select amount of habits on my tracker this month. Having had a routine disrupted due to a horrible flare up I am trying to get into a better routine with positive habits.
2. Blog Statistics Tracker
Trackers can be used for all different tasks. If you are a blogger, tracking your monthly stats can be really beneficial. Keeping a record of your blog’s progress will help you to not only share what area you need to work on, but also show your success. You can then reflect back on what you have achieved at the end of the year. If you run a small business, a tracker can keep a record of the amount of sales; bullet journals are ideal for keeping records.
I have been keeping a record of my blog statistics for around 4 years and it shows me how my blog has grown. If you are a blogger and are thinking of reaching out to brands, or have been pitching, having updated blog statistic can be helpful to keep your media kit up-to-date.
3. Monthly Overview
A monthly overview is a spread of the month as a whole, where you ca add your most important dates, appointments and reminders. These spreads can be helpful when you are looking at first glance and when you are trying to plan ahead.
This spread is a page I haven’t used in this year’s bullet journal. I have chosen to include this spread because I have a lot of medical appointments and I am not always the best at remembering. I will now have the extra reminder in my journal. You can design a monthly overview in a list form like I have, or in a table form; both are simple spreads to boost your organisation.
4. Playlist Of The Month
This is a new bullet journal page idea that I thought would be a fun spread to complete this month. I will share my favourite 5 songs that I have loved in November. When I reflect on my journal, it will be interesting to see what I was listening to and enjoying throughout these months. You could do this spread with your favourite:
- TV shows
5. Content Planner
To be successful with a blog, or to grow your social media platforms, you have to be organised with sharing new content for your followers. I find the best way to organise my blog content is to have an effective blogging schedule, where I can plan my blog posts ahead of time.
I am working on re-building my Instagram account, so this content planner will help me post daily to my account and grow my follower count. You could use a similar idea if you share content on YouTube, Tik Tok or other social media platforms.
6. Sleep Log
Using a sleep log is tracking the amount of sleep that you have each night. There are benefits to recording your sleep pattern such as it will show you any sleeping patterns or habits.
As my chronic illness can affect both the amount and quality of my sleep, using a sleep log will help me to identify patterns and could highlight links between my sleep and my daily life. I have just used a basic sleep log, but if you have a Fitbit or other device that records sleep, you could include all that information in the page spread.
7. Weekly Spreads
Instead of using a dated planner, I will be using weekly spreads to write down appointments or reminders. I love to check things off the list once they are completed, which is why I enjoy using the bullet journal system.
There are a variety of different weekly layouts that you can utilise; some are minimalistic, some are more creative and elaborate designs. Using weekly spreads can help to promote productivity and organisation.
These are some bullet journal ideas for November in your journal. There are so many other page ideas such as:
- Monthly savings/expenses
- Self-care tracker
- Books you have read
- Monthly task list
- Cleaning schedule
- Symptoms tracker (if you live with a chronic illness)
- Wish list
- Monthly bucket list