When I started bullet journaling, I really tried to commit to using ‘dailies’. I was in awe of their beauty as I feverishly searched Pinterest for ideas before cracking open my purple Moleskin. Weather trackers. Time trackers. Moon trackers. Hand lettering. Color coding. OH MY!
I was so excited to get started and jumped in with both feet. My first daily was magnificent, pretty, and filled with every tracker you can imagine.
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However, life happened and I quickly discovered that ‘dailies’ just weren’t for me.
I prefer to see my week at a glance, and I often have things in mind for a few days ahead that I need to get down on paper. Now many people have developed alternative methods to make dailies more manageable, like a brain dump spread or keeping them simple. I chose to move towards weekly layouts instead.
Over the summer I decided to try a new weekly layout, without repeating any, for 6 weeks.
Through lots of trial and error, I have found layouts that worked and layouts that were better off never being drawn.
Let’s take a look at three of my favorites, ranging from most complex to simple in terms of time to set up:
Most Complex: Dutch Door
Although this is a weekly layout, it essentially follows the “daily” style with a little prep work at the beginning of the week. It fulfills my need to have a very visually appealing layout, but it took more time than any other daily I tried. I referenced @alexandraplans Youtube video (https://youtu.be/evYzK_-e5LM) on how to set up this layout before I tried it myself.
My first attempt was…. Interesting. After measuring the area to cut out at the top, I used a scissors to cut down at the binding. I found that using a scissors didn’t allow me to get close enough to the center of my Leuchhterm, so it left a tiny edge of paper. (It was small, but it drove me crazy!)
I reached out to people both on Instagram and Facebook on better methods and combined a few to find what worked for me: a box cutter and a small piece of cardboard. It gave me the smoothest cut, without cutting through extra pages, and left no edges behind!
Mediocre Complexity: Grid layout
I stuck to this weekly layout for about 2 months after my trial run of changing things up! I love that I have space to add doodles or special events, can add washi tape to the top, bottoms, or sides to liven it up, and can add water and meal trackers if I choose.
My favorite part is that my weekly events, like appointments, meetings, and events, are separate from my tasks for each day. Why did I quit using this? Time. I’m currently in my busiest time of year for work and personal life, so I needed to take a break and simplify things. Which brings me to my current weekly layout.
Keeping It Simple
I refuse to give up on bullet journaling, even when life is crazy, so this layout has been a life saver! Draw a couple lines, throw on some washi tape because I like it to be pretty, and I’m ready to roll!
I actually timed myself this week, and set up took 9 minutes! Definitely something I can handle, especially while sitting in bed catching up on my DVR. I don’t like that my events aren’t separate from my tasks, but adding color coding to my symbols has helped differentiate the two.
All in all, I have stuck to weekly layouts for quite some time! They help me see my week at a glance, allow me to plan ahead with tasks, and can be customized for my weekly needs; the type of layout simply depends on life (and time).
What weekly layout has worked best for you?