5 Things to Include in Your Weekly Spread
One of my favorite times of year was standing in front of the shelf of planners in July, looking over every one and deciding which one I would use for the rest of the year. No, I’m not exaggerating. It gave me so much joy!! I loved bringing home a new planner and writing in all the dates for the upcoming year!
But to be honest, I never found the perfect planner. Then I discovered the bullet journal. Finally, I get to make my own planner! Check out Bullet Journal 101 if you’ve never heard of it!
My first bullet journal was all over the map! Some two page spreads were a fail, some were rushed and looked terrible. My perfectionist self had to breathe through those moments when I made a 6 day week calendar (I forgot Monday again) or accidentally dated a whole month ONE day off. But by my second bullet journal I started to figure out what works and what doesn’t work.
Now I’m on my third bullet journal and my weekly spreads pretty much all look the same. I’ve figured out exactly what I need to include to keep up with my to-do list and appointments.
Here are 5 things to include in your weekly spreads:
1. Dated boxes for appointments
Include a box for each day of the week and date it. This is the most important part of your weekly spread. It should be drawn first so that you can design around it. Use this space to write in your appointments! You have committed your precious time to a meeting, even or appointment and it’s time to show up (or remember to show up!). My boxes are pretty small, because I’m a teacher and I have the same schedule everyday.
Second most important? Your to-list or task list. Use bullet form and check it off as you go, or migrate it to the next week. This is what helps prioritize your time and keep you on track.
3. A habit tracker
I’ve used a monthly habit tracker and a weekly one, and I love the both. If I’m setting new habits and need the constant reminder, then I usually put it in my weekly spread. That way those little empty spaces are right there for me to see everyday! If you prefer a monthly habit tracker, check out this post for my free printable habit tracker.
4. Space for notes, quotes and inspiration
This is the part that so many planners are missing! Leave yourself room to create! Write down what is inspiring you this week! Write down your favorite quote, mantra or bible verse to keep you going! You can use this space to write out a meal plan, a new recipe, or a genius idea you had that you want to look at later! Some people label this brain dump- but ...dump? Gross. I like to label it “Inspiration.”
5. Future dates
If you’re feeling really brave, you can include a tiny calendar as well! But give yourself space to write any dates that need to be included in your next weekly or monthly spread. Sometimes, I haven’t had time to make the next months spread, but in a staff meeting, important dates are rattled off. That’s where this sections becomes handy. Then when I make the new monthly spread, I can just check back to find those dates.
If you love the idea, of having a bullet journal, but you don’t have the time to commit, I hear you! So I’ve made a printable planner! It includes a yearly page, monthly calendars and a weekly spread template for each month that includes all of these important items! Check out Printables by Toni on Etsy and get your mint, tropical or succulents 2019 planner!
How do you stay organized? Leave a comment : )