Bullet Journal Weekly Spread ideas
There are tonnes of bullet journal weekly spread ideas online.
In fact, at the time of writing there are almost 40,000 images with the #bulletjournalweeklyspread hashtag on Instagram!
But if you’re new to bullet journaling, you may not have tried a weekly spread yet.
Perhaps you have just stuck to the monthly ones.
If you’re looking to create a weekly spread for the first time, but not sure where to start, this post is all about bullet journal weekly spreads for beginners, so you can start planning and tracking your weeks!
What is a weekly bullet journal?
Weekly bullet journal spreads are bullet journal pages that map out your week.
Bujo weeklies tend to be a one or two page spread that contain a section for each day of the week.
Just like daily or monthly spreads, you can plan, track, and make notes of what’s happened in your life in a weekly spread.
But they are mostly used as a place to plan your upcoming week.
Believe it or not, weekly journal spreads are not part of the traditional bullet journal system.
But they are a great way to plan for the week ahead, and combine with a monthly log (it’s also fun to carry over a theme from your monthly bujo log, if you have one!).
So if you’re a beginner, it’s a great idea to start a weekly log.
Bullet journal weekly log vs monthly log
You might be wondering what the difference between a weekly bullet journal spread and a monthly one is.
The clue is in the name; one is for planning/ tracking by month, whereas a weekly spread is week by week within that month.
Monthlies are used for a general overview of the entire month.
Traditionally, monthly spreads always include:
- A calendar overview of that month
- A monthly to do list
But you can also plan for specific events in a monthly spread, write down the things you’d like to do/ achieve for the month, track things over the month, etc.
Whilst weeklies are similar to the monthly bujo spread, a weekly spread gives an overview of the upcoming week specifically.
And of course, you tend to make then each week, whereas a monthly spread you plan once a month (and then fill in throughout the month).
The two actually go hand in hand; a weekly spread breaks down your monthly plans and tasks into weekly bites, which are more manageable.
Bullet journal weekly vs daily – what’s the difference?
Now you know the difference between a monthly and weekly spread, you may be wondering what the difference is between a daily bullet journal spread vs a weekly one.
Whilst a weekly spread helps to break down the monthly tasks, the daily spread helps to break down your week.
The weekly bullet journal spreads are created weekly for the upcoming week, and the planning for dailies can be completed weekly too.
But the journal part where you track what happened each day will be filled in at the end of each day.
So daily spreads are completed more regularly than weekly spreads.
Often, you do not need to start a daily spread in advance; this allows you to create as much space as you need, depending on what happened during the day.
Somedays, you will have lots of content you want to note down.
Whereas other days, you will not have much to put!
Should I journal daily or weekly?
Lots of people get stressed over whether they should be writing in their bullet journal weekly, or daily.
Remember, a daily spread can do most of what a weekly bujo spread can.
Both can help you plan your time, set daily goals, give space journaling and thoughts, and track your moods.
But, there are differences between the two.
Some questions you should ask yourself when deciding are:
- What are your Bullet Journaling goals? What do you aim to achieve by writing in a bullet journal? Do you want to look back at what you did week by week? Or do you want to see your activities on a more specific level, day by day?
- What do you want to track in your logs? If you want to track things you are doing daily (e.g tasks you have completed, thoughts for that day, etc) it is better to do this daily, so you are noting your feelings whilst they are still relevant, and tasks you have just completed that day. Plus, you can make sure you have enough room for each day, if you are creating them daily. If you are more interested in noting more weekly activities however, it is better to do a weekly spread.
- How much time will you have for planning? If you’re a busy person (aren’t we all), you might not have enough time to plan a whole bullet journal page every night. In which case, it would be better to dedicate one night a week where you plan a weekly spread.
The other way to decide if you should journal daily or weekly is to look at the pros and cons of each.
The pros of a weekly bullet journal spread
- There is less planning, as you only set up the spread once a week.
- When looking back, you get to see an overview of your week at a glance.
- It’s easy to see the progress you’re making during the week as you fill out the weekly spread, as well as if you move tasks to different days.
- You do not have to write too much for each day of the week.
The cons of a weekly bullet journal spread
- You don’t have much room, so you can’t go into detail with planning each day, or journaling daily. There also isn’t as much space to add other elements, or draw and be creative.
In comparison, here are the positives and negatives of a daily bullet journal spread.
The pros of a daily bullet journal spread
- Because are completing it daily, you can add as much space as you need day by day. This means you have more space to draw and be creative, as well as adding more detail to your to do lists.
- Because you are completing a full week in small daily chunks, it allows you to be more focused on tasks for each individual day.
- Bullet journaling daily helps you to get into a rhythm and solid routine.
The cons of a daily log
- You have to allow enough time every day to journal, as you need to create a new page daily. This can be time consuming.
- You can’t pre-plan pages, because they are usually done the night before. This means if you know you are going to have a busy day in the week and you won’t have much time to journal that day, you fall behind.
- Whilst it is good to have plenty of space to work in, having too much space to write in each day can be overwhelming (especially for beginners).
- Because you decide how much space you want for each day, some days will be bigger than others, meaning your days will be uneven.
Hopefully, this will help you decide which is right for you.
But remember, there is no set rule; you can do weekly spreads, daily spreads, or both!
Just try them out, and see which system works for you.
How do you do a weekly journal?
A weekly journal can be really simple, and doesn’t have to take very long.
You simply draw a weekly layout before each week begins, including small sections for each day.
Then, you add tasks and other things to each day.
When you set up your weekly, you can also reference your monthly log, and move things from your monthly into your weekly (e.g if you were going on holiday for a week this month, you can reference this during that week in a weekly spread).
What should you put on your weekly spread?
The joy of bullet journal is that your bullet journal is completely customizable.
So you can decide what goes in your bullet journal.
If you’re just starting out, it can be really difficult to keep up the habit of bullet journaling if you’re putting lots of work into it.
So if you’re new to bullet journaling, start off with a very simple weekly spread.
Weeklies can literally just contain a simple overview of the week, with the days of the week with their dates, and notes.
Then, once you’ve started to get the hang of it and are journaling regularly, you can start using different layouts, collections, and spreads, and seeing what works for you.
What to include in a weekly bullet journal spread
Here’s a list of ideas for a weekly bujo spread:
- The days of the week with the date
- Calendar for the month
- Appointments on certain days
- Special dates for that week (birthdays, etc)
- To do tasks for the week
- Important notes
- Weekly habit trackers
- Weekly water tracker
- Exercise tracker
- A meal plan for the week
- House chores list
- A review of the week
- Plans for the upcoming week
Bullet journal weekly spread ideas
So now you know all about bullet journal weekly spreads and how to make your own.
Here are some bujo weekly ideas to inspire you!
Remember, there are so many different looks and bujo themes.
So I have tried to include as many as possible!
Minimalist bullet journal weekly spread ideas
Simple weekly spreads can contain just contain an overview of the week.
These minimal designs tend to be much easier for beginners, to help keep your bullet journal functional and stop it being overwhelming.
Check out some minimal weekly spread ideas below!:
The above minimal bujo spread simply has the days of the week, the date, and a space for notes.
This is very simple, and does not make any reference to a monthly log.
But sometimes, that is all you need!
Especially if you are a beginner.
This spread, whilst still minimal with only the dates, days of the week, and notes for next week, has a bit more creativity thanks to the gorgeous flower drawing.
Colourful Bullet journal weekly spreads
If you want a colourful weekly spread, you don’t need to use a lot of colours!
You can just pick one colour to use throughout the spread, like in this purple weekly layout.
If you don’t want to stick to one colour, try using lots of them!
This colourful bullet journal weekly spread uses lots of different colours, alongside interesting text and illustrations.
It’s really full, and looks fun!
Another way to make your weekly spread nice and colourful is to use watercolours.
You can see in this spread above, watercolours can help keep your bullet journal vibrant and fun.
2 page Bullet Journal Weekly Spread
Whilst single page weekly bullet journals are concise and simple, usually you will find you have enough information to fill a 2 page weekly spread.
(In fact, a large majority of the bullet journal weekly spread examples you will find online will be spread across two pages).
Check out some double page weekly spread examples below:
Above is a beautiful example of a double page bullet journal weekly spread.
There is plenty of information, and the colours and illustrations give it a summer feel.
I love the pastel purple!
Bullet journal weekly spread for students
If you’re a student, bullet journaling is a great way to stay on track with your studies.
You can plan revision time daily, make note of your class timetable, and note when you have upcoming exams.
Check out these bujo weekly spread ideas for students below.
Work or school weekly planning pages
This spread is specifically for making notes of exam information and essays in a bullet journal.
There’s room to note information about the exam, the date, and the grade you get, as well as the length of your essays and the due date.
Bullet journal weekly spread with time
If you are a student, a bullet journal with time is important, so you can note down your weekly timetable.
Check out these bujo weekly spreads with time below:
This bullet journal spread is a great spread for students to try.
It has a clear schedule with a key, so you can note what lessons you have each day.
This weekly spread has plenty of room to write a timetable.
There is also space at the bottom to note what work is due that day.
Productive bujo weekly spreads
Perhaps you are not a student, but you would still like your weekly bullet journal spread to be productive?
If so, check out these weeklies for productivity below!
Another way to make sure you have a productive weekly spread is to have a single page to track the days, and then dedicate another page to track and log activities.
You can see in the bright yellow spread above there is a whole page dedicated to being productive; there’s a notes section for the week, a place to log upcoming events, a checkbox to do list, and even a small habit tracker with multiple habits to track throughout the week at the bottom left!
Floral Theme Weekly Spread
If you’re looking for themes for your bujo weekly spread, a floral look is a great idea.
Flowers are easy to draw, and there are so many different looks you can create!
This floral theme weekly spread is stunning!
It’s really simple, with just the days of the week and the date, but the flowers are a big, bold statement.
There is also plenty of room to plan and journal for each day.
Remember, you don’t have to stick to drawing and doodling in your weekly spread!
This floral weekly spread uses stickers and washi tape to give it a cute, flowery look.
Vertical Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads
When creating a bullet journal weekly spread, you need to consider the layout.
Specifically, if you want your spread to be vertical, or horizontal.
Check out some vertical bujo weekly spreads below!
I love the colours and drawing on this vertical spread above.
It also contains a lot of information, despite there being a lot of illustrations!
This spread has been split into 2 vertical sections on one page; one half is for planning each day of the week, and the other contains beautiful illustrations.
This is another stunning vertical bullet journal weekly spread idea.
The spread itself is very simple, with just the date for each day and room to write about that day.
But the cute illustrations with the block colours help to give the design a full look.
So don’t feel you have to spend hours drawing and shading to make your spread look full and fun; this is a perfect example creating a wonderful, exciting spread, with just a few colours and drawings.
I also love the colour scheme used here – purple is my favourite colour!
Horizontal Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads
Alternatively, if you don’t enjoy the vertical weekly spreads, you can try a horizontal bujo weekly spread.
Check out some horizontal spread ideas below:
Again, you do work your way down the page for this weekly spread.
But because the boxes take up the width of the page, it is a horizontal weekly spread.
I also love the leaves on this design!
Turn it bullet journal weekly
Another quirky way to lay out your weekly spread is to turn your bullet journal on its side.
Check out the examples below!
This bullet journal has been turned on its side, and then a simple design for a weekly spread has been fitted onto one page.
Block Layout Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads
Including blocks or boxes in your bujo weekly spread can really help to break up the page and make it look neat.
You can also put more emphasis in the design for certain blocks, so they stand out more.
This design is handy for beginners to be able to see exactly where they need to write.
Check out some block layout bullet journal spreads below:
Above is a great example of a weekly spread with boxes.
There are clear sections to write in for each day.
Creating a weekly spread with sections is a great idea if you’re a beginner.
As it gives you a clear space to write in, so you can be certain each day will be evenly spaced.
Blocks don’t have to be visible
Whilst it can be very helpful for beginners to have visible blocks to write in, you don’t need to actually draw the boxes in if you don’t want to.
Here are some examples of bullet journals with blocks that have not been drawn in:
This is another weekly spread by a freckle a day.
The spread also has plenty of room to plan and track each day of the week, and despite there being set space for each day, there have not been actual boxes drawn in the spaces.
The above weekly spread again has clear sections to write in for each day of the week, but these are not boxed in.
This means it’s option how much or little is written under each day.
(Side note: I also love the camping theme!)
This is another great example of a block layout for a bullet journal weekly spread, but without the blocks being visible.
There is clear space underneath each date of the week to write about that day, but there is no box, meaning the writing for that day is not limited to a set space.
The images at the bottom right are also a special touch!
Dutch Door Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads
Last on the list is dutch door weekly spreads.
A Dutch door bullet journal is when out of a set of pages, the outside pages remain stationary, whilst the inner pages are designed to move and be turned.
Typically, the inside pages are cut thinner than the outside pages, so more of the outside pages can still be viewed, even when the inside pages are not being turned.
Below are some examples of dutch door weekly spreads:
The section on the right with Thursday and Friday on is actually a much smaller page.
Turning it reveals the weekend days on the next side, followed by the start of a new week!
It is a clever way to go through each week, whilst still having the content on the outer pages (the quote on the left and the images on the right) visible.
This photograph shows the dutch door being turned; the pages in the middle are turned to show days throughout the week, whilst the month on the left and the events for that month on the right stay visible.
A round up of BuJo Weekly Spreads
I hope this post has taught you all about bullet journal weekly spreads.
And you now have plenty of ideas for your own bullet journal!
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