When I first started bullet journaling two short months ago, one of the biggest draws was the flexibility of the pages! The idea that I could throw out the page styles that didn’t work for me and start anew next time was thrilling. However, once freed from thinking inside the box, I had great difficulty figuring out what would work for me – especially when it came to weekly spreads. I’ve tried several weeklies now, and I still haven’t settled on one that is perfect. In fact, I am discovering that different spreads might be perfect for different seasons of my life.
With all that being said, I’ve written this post to describe that evolution process and to inspire you in yours. Hopefully some of these spreads will help you to think outside the box and organize your life better than ever before!
If you’re new to bullet journaling and you need to back up a bit to find out what it’s all about,
visit my post Why Bullet Journal?
In it I concisely explain the concept of a ‘bujo’ and provide tons of links to more inspiration.
My Weekly #1
My first spread was inspired by this photograph on Pinterest, although I’m not sure who the credit should go to!
This spread gives you plenty of space with write down tasks to be accomplished each day.
It also leaves plenty of room for fun extras, like writing quotes, habit tracking, and being thankful.
I didn’t really have a way of incorporating my many scheduled appointments.
And when I didn’t complete a task, I’d have to rewrite it on the next day…
My Weekly #2
I’m pretty sure I borrowed this idea from Christina (who is AWESOME). As you can see, I incorporated the events / appointments column so I could track those through the week.
Plenty of space for tasks.
Lots of wasted space, yet not much space for fun extras.
Again with the rewriting of tasks… You can see I rewrote stain benches several times because I’m a procrastinator.
I learned I am not a huge fan of looking horizontally for my monthly or weekly spreads.
With so many cons, I tried this spread for two weeks, and gave up on it. Next!
My Weekly #3
I really enjoyed this weekly spread (but I cannot remember who inspired it!). To keep from rewriting tasks every day of the week, I stopped designating tasks to days! I gave it a column on the right. The left was purely save for scheduled events and appointments.
Still super-organized, cut and dry.
Pleasing to the eye (no more horizontal stuff!)
Room for fun extras.
Some wasted space.
All those dots… all those dots…
After a couple weeks of this spread, I discovered with a running task list, I was turning into a bonafide procrastinator. I needed something to track how I was using my time, which leads to the next spread…
My Weekly #4
I loved this spread from How to Bullet Journal for the two weeks I used it. It truly served its purpose in holding me accountable for the use of my time.
There was a small area designated for day-specific tasks,
an area to write what I did each hour with predetermined events being colored,
an area for my beloved running task list to squeeze in where I could,
and still room for fun extras!
This spread took quite a bit of time to prepare at the beginning of the week.
My Weekly #5
This spread resulted from a desire to have space for diary-like dailies while on a trip to New Orleans. However, I still wanted to schedule events and record how I used each hour – wha-la, this weekly was born.
There really wasn’t a need for task list since I couldn’t be productive on my trip. This spread really served its purpose well. However, I’ll base my pros and cons off of a ‘regular’ week.
Easily track time used.
Track scheduled events and appointments.
Record interesting events/memories from each day.
Fairly simple to set up.
No task lists.
No fun extras.
My Weekly #6
When I returned home, I was in the middle of the week. I couldn’t set up one of my traditional weeklies, so I decided to test out the concept of a ‘rolling’ weekly.
This spread is quite similar to my last spread, but I incorporated a box for each day of the week along the bottom. Here I record day-specific tasks and scheduled events/appointments. I’ve been writing tasks next to the timely through the day, and at the end of the day I record memories.
Exactly the same as those from My Weekly #5.
Tasks appear to have time values, which may or may not be correct!
I’m back to writing tasks down multiple days in a row…
Scheduled events/appointments are written down twice.
As you can see, my weeklies have definitely evolved over time as I discover what works best for me. I even plan on revamping my weekly again next week!
What things are most important to you when making your weekly? Have you tried any of these spreads? Do you have a spread you would like to see me try? Please share below!