You all probably know that the best thing about bullet journaling is that you can customize it to suit your requirements. I’ve been bullet journaling for about a year and a half now and have been tweaking my weekly spread since I started.
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I’ve finally settled down on the format that suits me the most (for now at least!).
- A dot grid notebook (my favorite is the Leuchtturm 1917)
- Pentel fude brush pens
- Fineliners in black and other colors
Here are the reasons why this weekly spread works for me:
1. Week at a glance
I like to see my week on 2 pages at once rather than over multiple pages. At the same time I like to have a running master list of tasks for the whole week. So what I’ve done is I’ve folded the page with the in the middle in half so that I can see the master list as well as the week at a glance.
2. The magic master list
The master list in the middle works like a charm because I’ve separated my office, home and art tasks on separate boxes so that I can pick from these when I’m scheduling my tasks for the next day. This works great for those with multiple roles – which is for most of us I guess!
If I flip open the folded master list, at the back of this master list are 3 sections. Instead of having a separate spread for gratitude journalling, I’ve set it out so that I can note the things that I am grateful for, for each day of the week. This has helped me immensely and has left me generally feeling more content and happier. I’ve also added a meal plan to the back to take out the guesswork of what to cook over the whole of the week.
3. Scheduling your to-dos
Since I have multiple roles to juggle with, I used to find that I would jot down an unrealistic number of to-dos for the day. I found that the best way to deal with this was to schedule my tasks in throughout the day along with meal breaks and personal tasks so that I would know how many tasks I could realistically handle in a single day .So the tasks are placed on the left and the schedule on the right. This scheduling and list combo helps me not obsess about the number of tasks I could have done because I then know that I can only humanly do a certain number of tasks according to my schedule.
This is THE most useful way I’ve tweaked my weekly spread and has helped me become insanely productive.
Moving forward from this customized spread, I think the next tweaking I’m going to do in the future is to replace the ‘Notes’ section with an Exercise log to note down the exercise details (like number of reps) I do on a particular day of the week.
Do go ahead and try this weekly spread for this week and see whether it suits you. If it doesn’t – just tweak it until it fits!