Hello Planning Mashers!
Today we will be talking about Bullet Journal weekly spreads. There are so many interesting ways to set up your weekly log that it’s easy to get lost.
But as always, I’m here to help you find the style of weekly spreads that works best for you! We’ll walk through some of my favorite formats and see which ones will be perfect for your planning style.
Before we dive into the weekly logs, I think I should mention something very important.
What I share here are my experiences and tips. Everyone’s perfect weekly will be different.
I’m sharing here my best tips and some directions, but the best way to find your perfect weekly spread is to try them all and see what works best for you.
Another secret – you might not actually have the same perfect weekly spread throughout your entire journal. As your life moves on and changes, your Bullet Journal changes with you.
So if you ever feel like your perfect weekly is not that perfect anymore – that’s ok, just try some other formats and see if they match better your current situation.
With these two important things out of the way, let’s dive in and figure out your next perfect weekly format.
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Supplies For Creating Weekly Spreads
As always, let’s first of all remember – you only need a notebook and a pen to Bullet Journal, so don’t overthink much here.
However, if you want to upgrade and maybe add some more spark and color to your journal – I’m here to help you fill out your shopping list.
I get most of my supplies from Amazon. I found that with Amazon Prime I usually get a better price and a two-day free delivery (to my friend’s house. It takes about a month to get from there to Bolivia where I currently live).
Ok, the truth is, I could talk about stationery forever. Collecting stationery and actually using it are two different hobbies, and I’m proud to say I do both.
However! This is not a stationary post, so let me dash through some of my favorites for a weekly spread creation before we go into the actual meat of this post.
Black fineliners are the bread and butter of my journal and I can’t recommend them enough. Smooth, with very black ink, waterproof, and usually available with different tip sizes – fineliners will transform your weekly spreads!
For a more budget version, I can recommend Stabilo Point 88, which is also great and comes with tons of colors.
There are so many amazing markers to add color to your journal! My current favorites are Crayola Super Tips.
Rulers and Stencils
Rulers are of course a must-have if you want to have perfectly straight lines, even though I still manage to screw it up from time to time.
There are also awesome rulers like this Westcott one that can help you add more fun shapes to your weekly spread. I love using it to create perfect little boxes for my to-do lists, as well as circles for dates.
Finally, stencils can really cut down the time you spend creating your weekly spreads. A while ago when I just started journaling I got these stencils off Etsy and they really were a game changer!
Ok, enough about stationery, let’s talk about weekly spreads!
Daily Boxes Weekly Spread
This is probably the most common weekly format, and the easiest to create.
The common denominator here is that this is usually a two-page spread with 7 boxes for 7 days of the week, or maybe 6 for 5 days of the week and one for the weekend.
I love that with boxes you can also customize them according to your theme.
The great thing about this format of weekly spreads is how much you can customize it – you can create vertical or horizontal boxes.
You can make them bigger or smaller depending on what your planning needs are.
If you want to make your setup even quicker you can skip drawing the boxes and just go for daily headers. This is something I often do since I don’t really like drawing lines.
On this page, I also used stamps for headers – a great way to create beautiful headers without the need to be a lettering pro.
If you wonder, these stamps are from Everyday Explorers, which is my favorite place to shop for stamps at the moment.
A vertical box weekly without actual boxes – probably my favorite format ever.
A cool trick for creating these weekly spreads is to use your grid guide – it will help you to quickly divide the page for creating the boxes.
- They are super customizable
- There is a lot of inspiration for these types of weekly spreads
- Your week looks more organized with all the tasks fitted in daily boxes
- Easy to set up – the basic setup
- Because there are many variations, it might take time to figure out which one works the best
Setup time: 15 min to 1 hour
One Page Weekly Spread
This is a very similar format to the weekly with daily boxes, but here it occupies just one page.
This type of weekly spread is very easy to set up, and sometimes it might be precisely what you need.
I like using one page weekly when I use a larger journal like Nuuna. It simply gives me enough space for all my tasks on just one big page.
I also like using one-page weekly spreads when I’m just too busy – one page weekly is easy to set up, it doesn’t require a lot of decoration, but at the same time, it has enough space to write two-three main things to do every day.
- Simple to set up
- No creative skills required
- Very clean and productive layout
- No space to do more with your weekly setups (trackers, weekly to-do list ets)
Setup time: 15 minutes
Dutch Door Weekly Spread
Dutch door weekly is a very fun and creative concept. Even though personally I don’t use them much, I still see the benefits of this setup.
To put it in two words – to create a dutch door weekly you cut out a part of your page so you get more space to plan during the week.
The scary part here is, of course, to cut your journal. But believe me, it’s not really that hard, and you end up with a weekly spread that gives you so much more space for planning.
It’s a great weekly spread if you want to include something more, like daily journaling, doodle prompts or daily gratitudes into your weekly spread.
- Lots of space to include different things in your spread
- You can do daily gratitudes, creativity challenges, and journaling on the same page as your daily planning
- You have more space to be creative
- You need to actually cup your journal pages
Setup time: 1 hour
Running List Weekly Log
This is a very simple concept: you have your long list of things to do, and on the side, you have a little table where you can note which day you actually completed the task.
The best way to set it up is to write on the left side with the first letters of each day horizontally, and on the right side, you can go and write your tasks.
Once you complete the task – just color the box that correlates with the day on which you completed it.
To keep track of the dates, you can add a banner with the dates for the week.
I found that this format usually works very well if I add a one-page weekly since I usually have tasks that are specific to a particular day.
- Fast and easy to set up
- Can increase productivity
- Easy to see all the weekly tasks and plan your week accordingly
- Might be difficult if you have day-specific tasks
Setup time: 10 minutes
Plan As You Go Weekly Spread
This is actually the original Bullet Journal concept, and even though I’ve never used that format myself, it might be something that works for you.
This style ensures that you don’t waste space in your journal, as well as always having enough space for however busy your day is.
With this style, you set things up as you go day by day, so you always spend just as much space as you need for all the tasks for the day. All you need is each day create a header for the day, and you’re done.
- No need to set up anything in advance
- No waster of space on the days when you don’t have many tasks
- Very fast to just start planning right away
- Don’t have the overview of the week
- Don’t have the weekly to-do list
Setup time: around 5 minutes daily
Find Your Perfect Weekly Spread
Finding your perfect weekly spread takes a while. You just need to try all of them and find what works for you at the moment.
BUT! If you want to experiment without spending a lot of time setting up different weekly spreads, I got you covered with my printable weekly spread bundle!
This bundle has 4 types of weekly spreads, excluding the dutch door, of course, so you can easily print them and try in your journal to figure out what’s best for you.
Get your Bullet Journal weekly spread bundle from my shop HERE.
Let me know in the comments what kind of weeklies are your favorite ones!
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