Weekly spreads are the part of bullet journaling that is most like a planner. WHICH I LOVE! Writing things I want to do down helps me to achieve my goals without my brain train making stops all along the way.
Finally I have found a system that works for me as far as weekly spreads are concerned. It is a combined weekly/daily spread!
There are many spreads I have experimented to try to find “the one” and now that I have, I will share the exploration I have gone through and the casualties that have fallen along the way.
Here is a video of me explaining this evolution
Experiment 1: The Full Page Daily
My first Bullet Journal daily was setup on a full page. This came with a 2 page weekly spread which did not work for me at all. From this point on I combined them so that I wouldn’t have to rewrite things over and over again and constantly flip back when I am planning for the day. Unfortunately I used this spread for weeks before I realized how I should adapt it for my personal use.
This is the weekly spread counterpart I used with my dailys. As you can see. I didn’t ever fill them up and they ended up being a useless waste of pages! Thats ok though. It was all for the sake of discovery!
Experiment 2: The Daily/Weekly Combined
Here I experimented with how many days I wanted to have on a spread. While I had a full time job it made sense to divide my weeks and weekends up in 2 different spreads. During the week I would have a shopping list and assorted other weekly lists I needed. I always experimented with different patterns as my day labels, here is a spread with a bumble bee theme!
Since I am also beginning my minimalism journey I decided If I ever found something that I liked (paper-wise) that I would just glue it into my bullet journal. This doesn’t only fill up empty patches but it lets me experience the things I find and relate them to the time I found them. These stamps I have had for years not knowing what to do with them. Now after going through my jewelry, I found them (why they were with my jewelry I will never know)! SMACK. Glued into my Bullet Journal! Now I don’t need to come up with a project to use them on.
Every once in a while I am super happy with a spread that I do. This Halloween spread is one that makes me happy every time I see it! I got all the designs from an envalope my grandma-ma sent me. (she is the collage artest of the family, so I stole all the cut-outs and slued them in here!
Experimenting to Find Perfection
Here I was trying out using stamps as my headers, but these stamps proved to take up too much space for me to justify their use here. I feel these stamps are better suited to lists that you want a large title on.
The Final Perfect Weekly Spreads
This is the style of spread I use now. On this example I have 8 days on 2 pages, but I generally just have one week, Monday through Sunday. I write super small so I can easily fit everything I need on this type of spread! This way one journal can last me quite a few months!