Looking for new weekly spreads to try in 2018? Have a look at some of my favorites from previous bullet journals.
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Since starting bullet journaling, I have never stuck to just one weekly spread. A major reason why I love the bullet journal system so much is because of its flexibility. If I’m feeling ultra-creative, I can create an intricate weekly layout and take as much time as I like doing it. But if I’m in a hurry or just want to keep it simple, I’m free to do that as well.
I’ve been using the system for over 2 years now. So, ultimately, I have roughly 200 different weekly spreads. It’s actually kind of impressive thinking about it–sorry, I’m gloating. But, over those two years, there are a few weekly layouts that stand out to me.
I’ll be sharing 7 of the weekly spreads that I feel were most efficient with space and design, and also share what I used to create each of them.
7 Weekly Spreads to Try in 2018
Small Vertical Boxes
The first weekly spread is actually from my current 2018 journal. This spread includes 7 vertical rectangular boxes for each day of the week. Along the left-hand side, I have a notes section for thoughts and tasks. I like having this section to write about random stuff that doesn’t fit under a specific day. And I prefer to keep it a part of my weekly spread rather than an entire page because I’m more likely to see the notes on this page.
I also included a weight tracker for each day because I’m working (really) hard to reach my goal weight before my wedding this summer. On the right-hand side of the page, I included my weekly goals and a section to write in my daily workouts.
Horizontal Boxes + Large Meal Planner
This weekly spread is health and fitness focused, with a large half-page meal planner and workout planner on the right page. I don’t usually have more than 5-6 tasks or notes to write into my daily boxes, so the limited space wasn’t an issue.
I also included a small habit tracker for the week, which was nice because I didn’t have to flip pages to fill it in. Each item is represented by a small icon. From left to right the icons represent: yoga, get outside, journal, and cook at home.
Horizontal Weekly Spread
I have used this style spread a few times because I love the layout so much. My daily boxes for tasks and events extend across the left-hand page. The, on the adjacent page, are corresponding daily meals and workouts. Both of these boxes could be changed out for things relevant to your life. Perhaps you could change one to work-related tasks, and the other to daily affirmations.
In the small column on the far right-hand side, I have enough room to write in my weekly goals, which I include in almost every weekly spread and any blog-related tasks I want to get done that week.
Weekly Overview + Dailies
This spread spans 4 pages but provides plenty of space for daily tasks, meals, habit tracking, affirmations, etc. How it works: the first page is a weekly overview. This is where I write any big tasks or events for the week. It’s helpful to quickly glance at this page and see the important stuff without sifting through each day. It also includes my weekly goals, tasks, and notes.
The following pages are expanded daily views. This is where I write in small tasks like laundry, shopping needs, etc. I also provided myself space to track if I ate healthy for each meal, a positive affirmation, my daily workout, and a time tracker, which I didn’t end up using as much as anticipated.
This weekly layout is on the list because I think it is one of the most visually appealing spreads. While the purpose of the bullet journal is to make your life more organized and productive, for me personally, creativity is equally important. It keeps me motivated to use my journal and allows me to relax and have fun.
There is a triangular shape for each day of the week, followed by three additional triangles for work, goals, and notes. While this spread doesn’t provide the specifics of meal planning and workouts, I had plenty of room to write in any details under each day.
Vertical Boxes with Built-In Habit Tracker
The last week of 2017. This spread is similar to the vertical boxes weekly above. But, this spread includes some different features, including a larger notes section, and a weather tracker. One of the things that I liked about this spread most was the habit tracker build into each day. Each small box is labeled with a letter representing a habit. I hadn’t previously used a daily habit tracker, but it was nice to see each day individually.
I also included a space to write in tasks and events for the following week. I mainly use this section to write in any bills I have coming due. But it can also be used for events, birthdays, dates, etc.
Long Vertical Boxes
The final weekly spread in this round-up is one I completely forgot about until I was flipping through my old journals. I am going to be using this layout again very soon. It includes a large box for each day of the week. The weekend is combined into one box. Beneath each daily box is a mini habit tracker for water and vitamins. And below that is my spending log for each day where I recorded the amount spent and where.
My favorite feature of this layout is the to-do list. It’s separated into three rectangles labeled H, M, and L. Those letters stand for High, Medium, and Low priority. If you ever get overwhelmed looking at your to-do list, I suggest trying this method. Categorize your task by priority so you know what can be left undone and what needs to get done ASAP.
Which of the above weekly spreads was your favorite? Will you be recreating any of them in your own journal? Let me know in the comments below.
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