When I first started bullet journaling, I was pretty content with sticking to Ryder Carroll’s rapid logging system. I experimented a few times with weekly spreads over the years, but always found myself always coming back to rapid logging as it was the most efficient method for me, both in regards to space and time in an A5 or smaller journal.
In my current journal, I have used rapid logging on occasion, but I have found myself much more drawn to utilizing weekly spreads, perhaps due to having more space on the page in this journal than I have in the past.
After many experiments, I’m excited to share with you 6 different weekly spread designs. Keep reading to find some ideas for your next weekly spread!
1. My First Attempt At Time Tracking
This spread was my first attempt at incorporating time tracking into my daily and weekly planning. I think time tracking can be a useful tool for getting control of your time. As you can see, the main bulk of the page was dedicated to an hourly time tracker. It also included places for events and tasks, and along the side I was also able to track my habits, sleep, and mood for the week. It was a bit cramped for my taste, but overall, a really functional and detailed spread.
2. Improved Time Tracking
This was my second attempt at time tracking, but I took a totally different approach. Using a color key, I scheduled every event of my life (sleep, work, routines, commuting, tasks, appointments, errangs, meals, free time, etc.) on a much larger vertical time tracker across two pages. I loved this layout because it was a highly visual representation of my time and it helped me to get more done in my day. The extra space was just enough to track some habits.
Here is another example of this time tracker spread in use.
3. Another Time Tracking Experiment
This version of time tracking was much less successful than the first two. The idea behind this one was to highlight the hours according to the color key, which certainly saves space, but it didn’t allow for much planning or keeping track of details related to events, and I also lost space for tracking habits. But the good point of this layout was having plenty of space to write tons of tasks.
4. How About Time Blocks??
For this spread, I decided to move away from rigid time tracking and instead used general time blocks to organize my tasks, keeping events highlighted at the top of the page. Underneath, I was left with plenty of space for habits and a sleep/mood chart. This spread is a good solution for those who don’t need to track their time by the minute but still want to see a general picture of their day.
5. The Whiteboard Method
When I discovered these whiteboards by istyle (the same company that produced this journal), I was thrilled! I loved that one side was dedicated to time tracking and had places for listing important tasks. Not pictured here is the opposite side which provided an overview of the week. I think this could be a great solution for the right person, but it ultimately didn’t work out for me. I realized that I prefer to keep a permanent record of my days on paper. Also, wet erase markers can be a bit of a hassle.
6. A Week On A Page
Earlier this year in March, I experimented with a week-on-a-page setup and was pleasantly surprised. I left out time tracking all together and still felt rather organized. I had a space for special notes, an ongoing task list, and weekly table for events and meal planning.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to weekly spreads! I hope you found a spread that will work for you, or you’ve become inspired to create your own! Let me know which one was your favorite in the comments, and check out the video below. Thanks for reading!