And like that…It’s November – 1st Week of November – Minimal for Function

And like that…It’s November.

Minimal design, mid-week start weekly bullet journal

What in the world? It’s November! I just got used to writing 2017 as the year. We are in the thick of holiday season (or very near to the thick – is that a thing?) and I am definitely relying on my minimalistic weekly designs to guide me through this busy time of year.  I decided this month to start at the beginning of the month instead of half the week’s spread from October and the other half as November. So I ended up with a couple of half-week layouts.

I had big plans for the start of this month

My big plans were to start this month off beautifully. I even went grocery shopping this morning to get ahead on…well.. life without having to drag my three kids along. All those good intentions were met at every turn with something just trying to bring me to my knees.

You ever have one of those days you know, the day that just won’t quit? That was today for me. I have worked very hard to simplify this next month and show more gratitude. I firmly believe that if I wouldn’t have tried so hard to include these two things in my life today could have quite possibly knocked me down for a good part of the month. It was that bad. I didn’t realize I would gain strength from simplifying my life and having an enhanced attitude of gratitude.

This week has just five boxes on this page plus a ‘to do’ section – it’s strange how a minimalistic design can bring such peace and tranquillity amidst chaos.

What do you do for tranquility?

So I would like to know what you do that helps bring tranquility to your life when your whole day goes awry.

Do you meditate?

Do you exercise?


Eat Chocolate?

Binge watch your favorite show?

After I post this, I am going to go mindlessly doodle.  Maybe it will be amazing. Maybe not. Today it doesn’t matter because I need it to mentally recharge. Regardless of the outcome of my doodles, I feel like because I planned – not just my day but planned my month to live beautifully I am able to overcome and bounce back ready for a new day with renewed resolve.

Dimensions of the Spread:

Here are the dimensions of the single page plan – this could be used for a work week with just 5 days and fit two weeks to a two-page spread. Sign up below for the free printable (Letter & A4 available). I created two layouts – one with one side blank + a version with two mirrored sides.



Tomorrow is a new day hand lettered quote


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Remember to plan your life so you live beautifully.




Starting in the middle of the week with the beginning of a new month? Here is a minimalistic weekly design for your bullet journal, minimalism


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7 thoughts on “And like that…It’s November – 1st Week of November – Minimal for Function”

  1. I totally know what you mean, Tricia. I’ve been in a bit of a rut for some time. October was my poopy month, and I’m determined to make sure November is better.

    I’m trying to read more and do some more exercise to bring tranquility. Although I’ve also been going back to the good ol’ days and have been getting through the PS1 Spyro games!

    1. I love October but this one was so rough but it’s because I didn’t have any ‘bounce-back’ techniques. I am working on trying to figure out some good ways to help with the bounce back.

      1. I’m working on exactly the same thing, along with some healthy comfort foods that are packed with nutrition to get me through the days. Fancy being accountability buddies? Keep each other on track?

  2. It is only November 3rd and yet I feel like I am already behind schedule! Although I am a notorious list-maker, it seems life has been too chaotic lately for even making lists. I am trying to wind my day down a bit earlier so I can get to bed and, hopefully, feel refreshed in the morning – that may help. May sound a little crazy, but I have started watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel – makes me stop at 8:00 PM for two hours and puts me in the holiday spirit.

    1. Thank you for your comments! I feel like I am also behind. I took some much needed R&R this weekend and didn’t do all the things I wanted to do. So now I either skip some things or play catch up. I usually skip the things that are lowest on the priorities and then come back around once I feel like I can.

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