Try one of these three super simple weekly layouts in your bullet journal. Each of them takes less than 15 minutes to make and has room for customization.
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Sometimes I have a couple hours to think up and draw out the perfect weekly layout. Other times, I’m throwing together my weekly setup late Sunday night and rushing to get it ready for Monday. If you’re anything like me, time can be one of your biggest obstacles when it comes to creating layouts in your bullet journal.
So, I spent some time trying out different layouts and throwing together some staple spreads that can be drawn in 15 minutes or less. I wanted these spreads to have enough room for any and all daily activities. But, I also wanted a spread that I could add decoration to later on.
How to Make Creative Layouts in Your Bullet Journal When You Don’t Have Much Time
Some of you may know by now that I launched my E-Course, Rock Your Journal. It’s designed for the journalist that has the hang of how a bullet journal functions, but wants to add some pizzaz– I’ve always wanted to use that word! I cover simple but decorative lettering styles like faux-calligraphy, block letterings, and overlapped words. And, I’m teaching students how to start their own doodle practice, how to creative headers and banners, and how to doodle floral elements.
Anyways, I’ve had over 120 people sign up for my course during the Pre-Sale and many more who are interested. But, a common struggle a lot of people are dealing with is that they don’t think they have time to add decorations, doodles, or fancy lettering to their bullet journal. And I want to clear the air on the subject.
I am a work-at-home mom of two girls who are home with me all day. I do all the cleaning, laundry, cooking, and all the work for this site. So, in all fairness, I don’t have all the time in the world to be drawing either. But, I have a simple method that allows me to create whatever I want.
Instead of going into a spread with the mindset that I have to finish it in one sitting, I allow myself to do it in multiple chunks. I always try to get the basic layout/framework done in one sitting. Then, I add my headers as they are my second priority. And finally, I go back and add in some doodles and color when I have time.
The Framework of Simple Weekly Layouts
I want you to think of the last time you were scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest looking for Inspiration. This morning? Oh, me too! Well, think about what was going through your head when you saw that super intricate weekly spread with stunning headers and illustrations. Were you wondering how long it took to create that spread? Did you think about how you would never have time to create something like that?
You aren’t alone if those are the thoughts running through your mind. But, I want to help you break it down. Let’s take that complex and intricate weekly spread and break it down to the basic framework. When I say basic framework I mean the boxes that make up the days of the week and the headers for each of those days. That’s what you need to have a weekly spread, right?
So, before all the illustration, color, or added decoration to the headers, you have a basic weekly framework. And today, that’s what I want to show you. I have 3 simple weekly layouts that are quick and easy to draw. Once you have the important part done, you are free to add decoration as you have time. All 3 of these layouts provide good structure, but the flexibility to add decoration. And if you’re really in a hurry, you can snag the printable version of these 3 weekly layouts at the bottom of this post!
3 Simple Weekly Layouts That Take 15 Minutes or Less to Create
All three of these layouts take less than 15 minutes to create and only require very minimal supplies. I used my black Staedtler Pigment Liners, Crayola SuperTips(the affiliate link here takes you to the 100-pack on Amazon which is WAY cheaper than anywhere else) and a ruler. That’s all. But, you can use whatever pen and markers or colored pencils you have on hand.
The first layout is a two-page vertical spread. In my example, I have not added boxes around where you would write your to-do lists. In the printable version, I have added these boxes in. You can see that there is plenty of room along the top of both pages to add decoration, a mini-calendar, a tracker, illustration, or large header. Or, you can leave it blank for an open and minimalistic feel.
The second layout is a single page weekly spread with a horizontal layout. Each day has a short box for tasks, notes, meals, etc. You can add up to two columns of information in these boxes to maximize space. Then, the left-hand side of the page can be used for a small delicate header plus goals, notes, meals, etc.
The last layout is another two-page spread with a horizontal layout. These boxes offer quite a bit more room, where you could add daily meals, workout plans, notes, and even a bit journaling inside. The first page leaves plenty of room to get creative with your header and add some illustrations or color.
Printable Weekly Layouts
Want to snag the printable version of these simple weekly layouts? Join my VIP Resource Library and you will get access to all of my free printables including these 3 weekly layouts. I update it regularly with habit trackers, weekly layouts, monthly setups, printable stickers, and more.
Once you sign up, look for a confirmation email to confirm that you subscribed. After confirming your subscription, you will receive an email with the password to the VIP Resource Library. Then you are free to download and print any of the printables within the Library.
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