It's the start of a new week and that means that I get to do a new weekly spread! My weekly spread is quite simple, especially if you've ever seen some versions of how people can do them. Just look at Pinterest.
Sometimes I want to experiment and try one of the fancy new ones, but I know that I'll just end up going back to the tried and true version I have now.
I had a completely different set up last year with my first bullet journal, and again at the beginning half of this year when I was still in school. However, no matter how many iterations of the weekly spread that I've gone through (at this point, it's been about 5), there are a couple elements that I have kept the entire time I've been using this method, and these are what I use in my weekly spreads now.
+ Key and Color-coding
The first element that I started out using and continue to use is my bullet point key and my color code. My color-coding, as you can see in the picture, changed after I left school, but I still definitely use it. It's useful to me to see things at a glance, and the colors let me very quickly categorize my to-do items. Seeing the colors also just helps different tasks jump off the page for me, as opposed to writing everything in black ink. A lot of these to-do list items are colored the same between my bullet journal and my digital calendar. That continuity helps too. Certain colors have always been the same, like purple is for personal stuff, and pink is for important events. Those things haven't changed for me in years.
+ Daily To-Do List Space
This is my weekly spread, which I changed to accommodate my post-grad life. Before graduation, I had a much different layout, with less space given to each day. It was more a way to organize events, appointments, and deadlines. I had a different space to write my to-do lists.
I like using the larger blocks for each day and then purposefully creating a smaller and more condensed to-do list. This is where I use my color-coded bullets to plan my to-do lists. I try very hard not to have more than 5 things to accomplish each day. Any more than that, and it is too much for me to get done.
+ Chores/Favorites/Meal Ideas/Exercise
On the right side of the spread, I have four quadrants. I used to do more boxes and stuff, but I don't always love sitting and drawing little boxes for hours. So this works better.
Left to right, the first section is my weekly chores section. These are tasks that I know I have to get done during the week but I don't know what day I want to get them done one. When I figure out what day, I usually jot it down next to the task, just as a reminder. These are tasks that I don't necessarily need in my daily to-do lists, so instead, I schedule the time in on my digital calendar. (If this system seems crazy, believe me, it makes perfect sense to me - this is the beauty of a bullet journal.)
The next section is my favorites section. I have used this idea since I started using a bullet journal. I love being able to look back and see the different media I was reading, watching, and listening to. It's a time capsule, of sorts. It's one of my favorite parts of my journal.
The bottom left section is where I write down meal ideas. I like to write a general idea of different things I want to eat during the week that I can refer back to when I sit around before a meal thinking about what on earth I want to eat. This used to be a page before my weekly spreads, and I would never reference it, so now I've moved it here.
The final section is for exercise. I just write down my exercise schedule. It's a way to help keep myself accountable to the habits I am trying to form in my life. A solid exercise routine is one of them. Again, this was a different element before, where I would just write 'exercise' down on the days I wanted to be exercising. But now that I've given it more space and actually write what it is that I am doing, it is much easier to stay accountable.
And that is my bullet journal! I went through why I started using this form of planning and organization, and what kind of spreads I use each month, and now I finished up by talking about what my weekly spreads look like.
I really want to continue this series, and considering that I'm getting a new journal soon (almost at the end of this one!), it's a perfect opportunity to show you more and different spreads that I actually use, especially the ones that I stick at the beginning of a journal.
I love sharing this type of content - I'm a little bit of an organizational junkie, if I'm being honest. So, stay tuned for the next installment in this love story!