OK, I have a confession to make! You all know that I’m a HUGE fan of bullet journals… in fact, it’s almost a cult-like obsession! Well, my confession is that I’ve only very recently started using my bullet journal as my planner too!
Yes, I know the whole idea of a bullet journal is to track your daily appointments, goals, priorities and then check them off as you do them or migrate them to the next day. This sounds so great in theory, but it just didn’t work out for me.
Bullet Journal Basics
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For a while when I first started a bujo, I did daily pages but I just didn’t stick with it. I think my problem was that I was obsessing over how each page looked and spending far too much time making it “perfect”! I just don’t have enough time in my day for that!
So I found a planner that suited my needs and used that instead.
The problem was that I then had 2 notebooks to carry around with me – my bujo and my planner. I hate having a heavy purse, so I’d end up leaving my bujo at home. It honestly felt like I was leaving my baby home alone some days when I did that!
Time for a Change
Now I’m about to finish my planner (next month), so I needed to make a decision – do I get another planner (and keep leaving my baby at home!) or do I find a better way to use my bujo?
I decided it was time to help my baby grow, and start creating my own bullet journal weekly spreads! The beauty of a bullet journal is that you can customize the page to be exactly how you want it.
Need a big note section? No problem. What monthly goal planning? Go for it! Want to track your habits? Sure, why not!
Side note: I still love my planner and the layout is perfect for me. BIG notes section for each week and smaller daily boxes.
I don’t really have a daily to-do list as my days are so hectic, that I never know when I will have time to do something, so instead I have weekly to-do lists.
They’ve actually updated their design this year and I love it EVEN more than before! It even has a habit tracker section for each week!
The ‘Perfect’ Bullet Journal Weekly Spread
After I decided that I wanted to switch over to my bullet journal full time, I then needed to find the ‘perfect’ bullet journal weekly spread to suit my needs.
I knew that I couldn’t keep up with a new spread every day, and a monthly page just didn’t give me enough space to record everything. So I turned to Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration for my bullet journal weekly spread.
There are hundreds and hundreds of weekly layout ideas on the internet. If you can’t think up your own design, then I can guarantee that you will find one (or 100!) that suit your needs with a quick search on Instagram or Pinterest.
This cute layout above by my friend Rachel at Planning Mindfully has a good sized notes section and I love her doodles… but would I really have time each week to do something so pretty? (Isn’t she an amazing artist?!)
This one by Mireille is much simpler, but it doesn’t have much space for notes. Still not quite perfect for me.
This bullet journal weekly spread by Jaclyn is definitely getting closer to my ideal, but I feel like without the beautiful lettering it just wouldn’t be the same. But I do LOVE the “next week” section! Super helpful!
As you can tell, I spent many many evenings looking for the “perfect” spread but I always found something that wouldn’t work for me.
Well, I guess it’s lucky that bujos are so personalized then!
Dutch Door Spreads
As I was exploring for ideas, I was reminded of a great bujo hack of making a “dutch door” page.
What on earth is a Dutch Door?
The basic definition is that a dutch door is a door that is cut in half, like a stable door. In a bullet journal, it means a page that has been cut or folded in half.
Why would you want to do this I hear you ask?
Well, there are lots of reasons, but the most popular reason is so you have a central reference part of the page and then turn the lower (or upper) part of the page to view more detail.
Huh? What? I guess it’s easier to show you than try to explain!
Does that make it a bit clearer?!
As you can see, it’s an attractive and practical way to make the most out of our bujo pages. This definitely appealed to me – I’m all about attractive and practical!
So now I had a feature that I REALLY liked, it was time to design a bullet journal weekly spread that would work for me!
Weekly-Monthly Dutch Door
I knew I needed the following features in my new spread:
- Monthly overview
- Habit Tracker
- Weekly pages
- Large notes and goals section
- Simple design
- Attractive design!
After a few rough sketches, this is the design that I finally picked!
Of course, I had to use flower doodles for April! I also included my mom’s favorite Spring sayings – “April showers, bring May flowers”.
I cut off the top part of four pages (using a very sharp craft knife). The lower sections are for the bullet journal weekly spread and the top section is for the monthly overview.
I included a large section at the beginning of the month to write my goals, to-do list, and wins!
Having a section for wins was super important to me because I love celebrating success, even if it’s only small! A win is a win!
Here you can see the monthly habit tracker across the top. I picked 4 areas of my life that I REALLY wanted to improve and included those. So during the month of April, I will be tracking:
- My mood
- Water intake
- Daily meditation
You don’t need fancy lettering or artwork to make a bullet journal look nice. I freely admit, that I’m no artist, but I do love to doodle flowers!
Plenty of space on each day to write important notes, appointments and, of course, my meal plan! (I love meal planning!)
I’ve only been using it for a few days, so I’ll let you know how I get on with it, but that’s the beauty of bujos! If this design doesn’t work out for me, I can switch things around next month!
What are your favorite features for a bullet journal weekly spread? What are your “must-haves”?
Supplies used for this bullet journal weekly spread: