Welcome to November! I never really know what to think of November. It always seems like a blah month to me. One good thing about 2020 so far is everyone has been embracing Christmas so much earlier than normal. I typically don’t think about anything to do with Christmas before December, but I think we all need a little extra joy where we can get it this year. I already posted two DIY Christmas craft videos on my YouTube channel if you are also getting into the Christmas spirit! Today I am taking a step back from Christmas-related content to share my November bullet journal setup. November is a transition month between fall and winter, so I decided to go with a cozy reading/book theme.
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The more you read, the more things you will know, the more you learn, the more places you will go.
When I was a kid, I was always reading a book. I would go through them so quickly! It was definitely one of my favourite hobbies. In the last 10 years though, I have not been a consistent reader. I find it so much more difficult to make the time to read, but it is something I want to get better at prioritizing.
If you’ve been following my bullet journal setup posts and videos for a while, you may know I always put reading as one of my habits on my habit tracker pages. I rarely fill in that many days in a month, but it is something I want to do. Last month I read Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad, and I highly recommend it to everyone. It is such an important book, and has made me realize how much learning and unlearning I have to do to be a better human.
For my cover page this month, I wrote out the word November in cursive writing, with a big stack of books underneath. To go with my cozy vibe of the month, I also added a tea cup at the top of the page.
I do not drink tea or coffee (hot chocolate for me!), but I liked the look of the little tea bag sticking out, so I went with it!
For my calendar this month, I created a two-page spread. I like doing two-page spreads for my monthly calendars, because I I use the squares as a form of a diary. I like writing what I did that day, or if anything significant happened.
To fit in with the reading theme, I added a bookshelf to the left side of the spread and filled it with books. I also drew a stack of books in the top right-hand corner, and a woman reading a book at the bottom of the page.
For my mood tracker this month, I drew three large shelves and filled them with books. I drew 30 books, one for each day of the month.
Every day, I will colour in one of the books with the colour that corresponds to my mood that day. At the bottom of the page, you will see the key I made, showing which colour is associated with which mood.
This month, I am tracking six habits: working out, eating less than 25 grams of sugar, eating less than 100 grams of carbs, reading, and doing work for Instagram and Pinterest.
I drew outlines of the month for each habit, and every day I complete each habit I will colour in the appropriate square.
I kept the rest of this page pretty simple, with a teacup and a girl reading a book at the top, and a stack of books at the bottom.
Highlights of the Day
To make my highlights of the day page fit with the reading theme, I drew a large book in the middle of the page. I wrote out the numbers 1 to 15 on one side of the book and 16 to 30 on the other side.
Every day, I will write down a highlight of my day. I have said this many times before, but this is one of my favourite things to do. Sometimes when I am having a bad day, it can be easy to think nothing good happened that day. However, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for, some piece of goodness.
Whether it was a TV show that made me laugh, or getting to go for a walk with a friend, anything goes when it comes to this page.
If you have seen my previous sleep tracker spreads, you will know I keep it the same every month. This month I decided to try something a little different.
Normally I write the hours of the night across the top of the page, from 10pm to 9am. However, this month I wrote 10pm to 9 am for every single day of the month. The concept is the same, but it gives the page a much different look.
I have to say, by the time I was halfway done writing all the 10s, I was kind of regretting my decision! I like how it ended up looking, but I don’t know if I’d do it again…
In this month’s plan with me video, I only showed my first weekly spread. To see the rest of my weekly layouts this month, be sure to follow me on Instagram. I post a new weekly over there every Monday.
For this weekly spread, I drew seven squares, one for every day of the week. I also added a daily focus section, which is new for me. In this space, I am going to try writing a topic I want to focus on every day. Sometimes I spend so much time working on certain things that I forget about others. I’m hoping this might help me direct my focus.
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