Today I’m sharing 5 ideas for weekly spreads for your bullet journal! These easy layouts are perfect for beginners or journalers looking to switch things up a bit! :)
For my first spread, I started with a basic layout that I use often: it has a mini calendar in the top left corner with the week of the month highlighted, and seven long, horizontal boxes for the days of the week. Some people like to use just six boxes and combine Saturday and Sunday into one “weekend” box - that’s up to you if you want your boxes to be a bit larger. I actually like having an odd number of boxes because it creates the perfect space for me to have a little section for my to-do list and meal planning for the week. Of course, you can swap out these sections for anything else you need (assignments, events, chores, etc.)
There is also some space at the top for decorative elements. On this page, I lettered a quote and drew some wildflowers that go along with my April theme.
My second spread is similar to my first one, but it’s even simpler - it is probably the most basic of the five I’m showing you today, so if the first one seems too complicated, try this one out!
Some easy swap outs that made this spread easier:
Use washi tape as decoration
Instead of drawing full boxes for each day, create a border using a colored pen/marker
Next I created a layout with very different box dimensions. Instead of wide horizontal boxes, we’re going for tall, skinny boxes in this one. I made sure not to create full outlines for each of these boxes to save space - this makes a big difference when trying to fit lots of vertical boxes on a page!
At the top, I included the date range instead of the mini calendar from the last two spreads - just something to switch it up a bit and to have a quicker option.
My fourth layout example is from my February setup, where I created square-ish boxes. This is one of my favorite setup dimensions because it is perfect for listing a good number of short bullet, to-do list style items, which is how I usually plan my days.
What’s special about this layout is that I also included mini habit trackers for each week. This is a great option if you are like me and don’t like monthly habit trackers, but still have a few habits you want to cultivate! I found that keeping a mini tracker like this was great to help me focus on a few important things instead of getting overwhelmed with a huge list of things to keep track of each day.
For my fifth layout, I went for a completely different style to try something new, and I love how it turned out. Instead of sticking to rigid pen grids and illustrations, I wanted to try more of a collage-styled spread. I started out with some printed photos, washi tape, pages from an old book, and some tracing paper that I crumpled up for texture. I just played around with these elements and layered them on top of each other, and then taped them down with double sided tape.
Then, I wrote each day of the week around these different elements. This kind of layout leaves less space to plan for the week, so it’s great if you don’t usually have a lot to write down in your weekly spreads. If you need more space, you can always split your week into two spreads!
It’s always fun to switch up your weekly layouts - and this also helps you figure out what works for you best - so I hope you got some inspiration from these examples!