Once you’re done with your monthly log, the next step is a weekly log, or a daily one if you prefer. But, how do you decide which one you need to use? Worry not! I’m here to help you choose what’s best for you!
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Weekly and Daily logs are considered some of the most basic elements that help you the most to stay productive every day. But there is always a big question on which one is better and more suited to your needs.
Well, today we’re looking into what each kind of logs can offer you and will figure out which one you should be using for your next week.
The weekly spread is basically an overview of the upcoming week, that allows you to plan your every day with at a glance view of the whole week.
The basic elements of a weekly log are of course daily boxes, where you write your daily to-do list and such. If you don’t really have that much to do on the weekend, you can always fuse the two days in just one section.
The beauty of the Bullet Journal system is how customizable it is. This means that you can play around with your weeklies and how you use the space. Depending on your needs, you can use all the space for your daily sections, or you can add some other elements. Here are some ideas:
- Weekly habit tracker
- Weekly water tracker
- Weekly review
- Meal plan
- Calendar for the month
- Number of the week
- Weekly to-do list
- House chores list
- Plans for next week
Speaking of, if you want a quick weekly setup, check out the Resources Vault, where there are quite a few printable weekly spreads.
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The Daily log is one page spread with information for just one day. That’s where you can go into detail on everything planned for a day and add all the information you might need.
You have a whole page just for one day, which means you can add a lot of different elements here, if you want to, of course. If you are pretty busy and have lots of things to do, you can always just write the date at the top and go straight to listing out all your tasks.
However, I know most of the people use dailies because apart from daily tasks they need to include other details, and a daily log provides the space needed. Here are some ideas on what you could add to your daily log:
- Plans for tomorrow
- Daily menu
- Groceries list
- Daily chores
- Daily review
- Health goals
- Motivational word of the day
- Time tracker
- Daily challenges (a doodle a day, a line a day and so on)
Pros and Cons
Now that we established what each of these logs stands for, let’s go through the pros and cons of each approach.
My personal favorite, a weekly log has a lot of advantages.
- You have to set up the spread only once a week
- You get at a glance look of your week
- You can divide your goals into smaller parts and go daily step by step, to accomplish it by the end of the week
- You can see the progress you’re making during the week
- You can easily see the tasks you migrate from day to day
- You don’t have a lot of space for your daily to-do list
- You don’t have that much space to add other elements
- You don’t get too much space to draw and be creative
Something personally I used just a few times, but I know it has tons of advantages as well.
- More space for a detailed to-do list
- More space for anything extra you need to add daily
- More space to draw and be creative
- You can be more focused on one day’s tasks
- Have to create a new page every day
- Can’t pre-plan because the page is usually made the night before
- Having too much space to write daily can become overwhelming
Weekly vs Daily: Which One To Pick?
Now that you have more or less an understanding of what each of these is and what elements you can add, it’s time to think which would be the perfect one for you. I’d advise you to ask yourself these questions:
- What is your Bullet Journal goal?
Why did you start your BuJo? Do you want to organize your every day in a timely manner? Are you planning to achieve some fitness goals? Do you want your bujo to help you with your studies? Do you need your journal just to make sure you’re moving in the right direction day by day? Think about your why and what you want to achieve with your Bullet Journal and you’ll be able to see what format can help you better with this.
- What are you planning to write in your logs?
I think this is very connected to your Bullet Journal goals. Think through what you are planning to add to your logs. Do you want to track your time and plan by schedule? Do you need to write down your health and fitness achievements daily? Are you planning to journal there? This will help you see how much space you might need and decide on the format for you.
- How much time will you have for planning?
You might want to have a daily log with all the information for the day, but be honest with yourself – how much time do you really have to plan? Will you have time every day to write all your tasks and other needed information in detail? Or are you just planning to log the main events once a week and just consult your journal every morning?
Why Not Both?
What does it mean? It means that you don’t need to choose, and if it’s necessary you absolutely can use both. Have a one-page weekly spread to plan out the week and create your weekly to-do list, and follow it up with your dailies.
Or – try a dutch door weekly. That way you can see an overview of your week, have space for your weekly planning, but at the same time, you get a lot of space for your daily entries.
Whatever you decided now, always remember that your Bullet Journal can transform together with your needs. So if this week you do a weekly spread, it doesn’t mean you will be stuck with it forever. When you feel the need to switch to daily spreads – just go for it! Feeling like you might want to have a weekly overview together with a detailed daily log? – do it! You have complete freedom over your journal.
Weekly and Daily Log Inspirations
I’m leaving you with some inspirations for your daily and weekly spreads.
Which format do you prefer? Share your preferences in the comments section below!
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