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Today we will be talking a bit more about weekly spreads and I’ll leave you with tons of inspiration on how to add fun and variety to your weekly logs.
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Even though weekly spreads are not part of the original Bullet Journal system, they became essential very fast in the community.
The beauty of the Bullet Journal system is that you can use it any way you want and customize it to your needs. There is no right or wrong way to journal, just your way. So if you feel like using weekly spreads – don’t obsess by the fact that Ryder Carroll doesn’t use them, you do you!
Weekly spreads as you can guess is something you set up every week to plan your day to day stuff. I’ve been Bullet Journaling since 2018 and I must say even though they are an amazing tool to stay organized – it can get pretty difficult after setting up weeklies for so long to come up with something new and interesting looking.
Let me clarify – if you find one kind of spread that works for you, just stick with it. You don’t have to keep changing and experimenting if you already have something that is perfect for your needs.
However, first of all – our life changes and well sometimes weekly spreads have to change with it. Some weeks I know I’m busy so I make it pretty simple and leave a lot of space for my daily tasks. Some weeks I don’t really have much to do so I can work more on other things, and I might add a sleep tracker or a meal planner to my weekly instead.
Secondly – I really like to make my Bullet Journal fun. I want it to bring me joy when I open it and I love to use it as a creative escape. So I always try new things – decorate with different colors, with different doodles and such.
This post is to help both you and me. Here I’ll talk about all things weekly spreads, but most importantly we will walk through different ways to set up your weeklies, different ways to decorate it and of course I’ll be adding a lot of weekly spreads from different creators to draw inspiration from.
Ok, let’s dive in!
What Is A Weekly Spread
Did I just confuse you with my huge opening statement? I didn’t mean to. Let me clarify everything.
First of all, if you’re here for the first time and not sure what the Bullet Journal system is, to begin with – check my detailed guide What Is A Bullet Journal? Beginner’s Guide To Bullet Journaling.
This guide will explain to you EVERYTHING Bullet Journal related, and you can come back to this post later.
If you’re already familiar with the system, let’s go back to talking about weekly logs.
A weekly spread is a spread in your Bullet Journal where you plan your week. There are so SO many things you can add to your weekly, but the basis is always the same – you have boxes for each day of the week to write your tasks and usually a to-do list to write the tasks you haven’t assigned to certain days yet.
Unlike a monthly spread where you plan out events for your month and have a huge to-do list, weekly spreads allow you to micro plan day by day.
Another advantage of a weekly spread is that you get an overview of the entire week, so it’s usually easier to plan your days and schedule tasks more evenly throughout the week.
Before we get into different weekly spread designs, here are a few ideas on what you can add to your weekly spreads.
What To Add To Weekly Spread
The weekly spread is like a Lego castle, you really can add there anything you want and need.
I know it can get pretty confusing when you can do anything you want, so here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Daily boxes
- Weekly to-do list
- To-do next week
- Meal plan
- Habit tracker
- Sleep tracker
- Study tracker
- Daily gratitude
- Weather tracker
- Favorite moments
- Self-care checklist
- House chores list
Basically, anything you can think of can be added to your weekly spread, just think of what you might need and add it.
Ok, Let’s get into the most fun part – Bullet Journal weekly spread inspirations.
Colorful Weekly Spreads
My first list had to be colorful weeklies. I love these, color always adds more fun and excitement for me.
Also, it’s always a fun way to add a theme to your month – just use the same colors on all your spreads and there you go – the monthly theme is done!
For a more budget version you should definitely try Crayola Super Tips, they also have tons of great colors and can be used for not just coloring, but also brush lettering. Double win!
When we say colorful spreads there are a few ways to go about it. First, you can simply decorate your spreads with colors and maybe some pretty fonts, just like these pages below. Another way to create colorful pages is by adding colorful doodles.
In case you’re not a master doodler and aren’t sure if you can do it – believe me, you can! Simply check my post Learn To Doodle: Beginner’s Guide To Bullet Journal Doodles.
Minimalist Weekly Spreads
The minimalist Bullet Journal style is gorgeous. As you guessed from the name it means that every spread is stripped to essentials and has almost no decorations and any extra flourishes. Less is more.
If you want to learn more about this Bullet Journal style check my post Simple But Stunning Minimalist Bullet Journal Inspirations.
Just like with the design, minimalist spreads usually require just a notebook and a pen.
Pretty much any pen would work, but I’d recommend getting a good set of fineliners, such as Sakura Pigma Microns or Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens. Getting a Tombow Fude brush pen can be also great since it will allow you to add some brush lettering to your weekly spreads.
Simple Weekly Pages
Let’s say you want to have pretty simple pages that wouldn’t take a long time to set up, but you also don’t want to go full minimalist.
Don’t fret! There are very simple weekly spreads that will take you no time to set up but still will have some color and fun in them.
When you’re looking for something like that, it’s always useful to use some help, such as stencils or washi tapes. Or maybe even stickers (my favorite ones are from Etsy)! It will take you much less time to set the page up but will still add some character to it.
One Page Weekly Spreads
This has been my obsession lately! One page weeklies are great if you have a non-busy week and kind of just need to keep track of some major events or projects.
Alternatively, it can be a great choice if you have a larder size notebook, like my Nuuna or if your journal is B5. You simply might not need that much space and one page can be enough.
Dutch Door Weekly Log
This type of page is for the times when you need a bit more space in your weekly spread but still want to have a complete weekly overview.
Yes, to create this spread you’ll need to cut your journal, cut believe me it’s not that big of a deal once you do it.
The key here is not to cut the same part every time, because this might unbalance your journal. If you’re planning to use dutch doors more than just once – simply organize it differently so another part of the page is cut.
What I use to create dutch doors in my journal is a paper cutter and sewing scissors for some precision work. Sometimes I could use washi tape to help hide the imperfection of cutting and add more stability to the binding.
Circle Weekly Spreads
I tried those and really there is no practical reason to use such a format. However, it is super fun to create them and they do look very original once you’re done.
I have both – this stencil from Jayden’s Apple and an amazing and super affordable circle maker from Helix. I think the Helix one is actually my favorite – it’s pretty cheap and has so many different circle sizes.
Weekly Spread With Everything
Sometimes you might need to track a lot of things in your life, and this type of weekly spread can be helpful.
I usually add my trackers to my monthly spread, meaning I have one tracker per month, not a weekly one.
However, it’s really easier to monitor and follow through when it’s in shorter periods. If you start a diet it’s easier to talk yourself through it week by week than the entire month.
Plus some weeks you might need trackers, some weeks you might not.
If you’re in a hurry when setting up these weeklies, it could be useful to have some mini habit tracker stickers or stamps.
We actually have mini habit tracker printables in the Resources Vault, so you can get them there, print them out, and just like that, setting your weekly spread will be much faster.
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Weekly Spread For Work and School
It might seem like Bullet Journaling is just for your personal life. But nuh-uh, you can actually use your Bullet Journal for school and work!
So your weekly spread can absolutely include elements that help you with your work or school, such as a study tracker or a separate work to-do list. Just check these spreads below.
Artistic Weekly Spreads
I left these for last since these are so gorgeous.
A lot of people are using their Bullet Journal as an artistic outlet and it’s amazing. Honestly, I’m so stunned by how these pages look, I’d probably just put them into a frame.
Printable Weekly Spreads
Printables are a great way to save time and to experiment with different styles. This I feel like is especially important for weekly spreads.
So, if you’re up for trying out printables I have something special for you.
First of all, we have tons of free printables in our Resources Vault, including weekly spreads, so just sing up in the form below to get access.
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