Bullet Journal Weeklies
I was going to talk about insomnia because I woke at 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep… but we’ll go with something practical today instead of me moaning again, I think.
Where did we leave off with the bullet journal basics? Monthlies?
*goes back to check*
Nah, task lists. Ok. Well let’s look at what happens with Bullet Journal weeklies.
These aren’t in the original bullet journal system – Ryder Carroll just goes from a basic monthly list onto his dailies. We’ll get to them soon enough don’t worry.
Personally, I like to keep a simple weekly plan.
Again, there’s a little repetition from the monthly → weekly → daily system, but I actually LIKE that. It helps bed things into my brain, sets the week up really clearly, and the process of writing a simple plan calms and reassures me that I’m not forgetting anything.
If you don’t have to deal with an anxiety condition, feel free to skip the weeklies and hop directly from monthly to daily lists and notes, if you’d prefer that.
If you do… maybe just give it a try. With a little time, it really does build that trust and allow your anxiety brain to let go a little of ALL THE THINGS we usually feel we have to hold on to and keep track of.
My Bullet Journal Weeklies
One way to do a simple weekly spread in the bullet journal (bujo) is to split a page in half vertically (down the middle), and then divide it into 7 sections for the days of the week horizontally (across the page).
On a standard A5 lined notebook page, there’ll be about 26-28 ruled lines. Leave a line or two for a title and page number, draw a line across, then drop 3 lines and draw another line across, that’s your Monday. Do it again for Tuesday, Wednesday and so on through to Sunday, and you’ll be at about line 22 or 23.
That leaves you a little space at the end of the week, which we’ll get to.
Draw that line down the middle if you want to (it’s not necessary, but helps with clarity) and split it to events on the left side and tasks on the right, or vice versa. You do you.
Write in the days of the week, and the date, in each box. On top – don’t forget the page number, and add the title ‘Week of Xth to Xth’ or whatever so it’s easy to get what’s on the page at a quick glance.
There you go. Weekly spread in your journal.
Check back to your monthly, and pull in whatever events or reminders are current to this week.
Check back to your master task list, and pull in whatever you want to pop on to a specific day of the week, or anything that has a deadline for this week.
In that leftover space at the bottom, you can put in anything you want to track. I think I said I don’t do well with big monthly trackers, though they might work for you.
They sorta overwhelm me, and when I inevitably forget or get off track and there’s gaps, they glare at me and make me feel like shit for the whole month. I always end up abandoning the tracker.
But a weekly tracker is usually ok (fucked up this week? Never mind! Next week = fresh start!).
So yeah, on these pages (dedicated pages are often called a ‘spread’ coz the topic might stretch over 2 or more pages) I track things I want to do a certain amount of times per week, eg.
- Take a Daily Walk: M __ T __ W __ T __ F __ S __ S __
- Instagram Post: M __ T __ W __ T __ F __ S __ S __
- Reading for Fun: M __ T __ W __ T __ F __ S __ S __
It can be left at that there, or you can put stuff pertaining to that week on the facing page – goals, a brain dump, meal plan, or general organisational notes. Whatever. Make a space for whatever you think you might need or might be useful.
If you don’t use it, fuck it. No harm. Fill the space with stickers or decorative (washi) tape, print an inspiration quote and stick it in… or just leave it blank. Nobody minds!
The point is to have the system there for whatever you need to put into it, or use it for. You’ll only find that out by experimenting and figuring out what’s going to work for you, as you go.
There’s a place to put things, and nothing gets left behind or forgotten.
And, cue, Brain building trust and relaxing a bit in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1.
All the best,