I shared in the past how I set up my monthly bullet journal spreads. This week I wanted to share with you how I usually do my weekly bullet journal setup. I say usually because depending on how much I have going on in the week, the spread might change. But for the most part, my weekly spread stays the same. And that’s what I’m going to show you today.
Like my monthly spread, there are a few key things I plan for each week. Every single one of them helps me have a productive seven days. Though I’ll admit there might be a day or two where I’m a tad lazy and don’t get everything done. And that’s fine!
What are the main things I include in my weekly bullet journal setup?
There are four things I plan for each week. The fourth — as you’ll notice later — is listed as optional because I don’t always add it in. This could be for a number of reasons, which we’ll get to soon. Let’s talk about the first thing I always write on my weekly spread and that’s the number of the week.
#1 — The number of the week
I never used to put much stock in the number of the week until I started following Plan For Productivity. In her weekly bullet journal setup, Andrea (the owner of PFP) always writes the number of the week. She does this because it helps her track her goals better. We all know there are 52 weeks in the year. So if you’re on week 34, that gives you 18 weeks to work on any goals you want to accomplish.
Could the month and date tell you how much time you have left? Of course it can. But ever since writing the number of the week, I find myself planning better. I know that if I’m in week 34 and I have until week 40 to complete a goal, I have to make that my priority. I’ll make sure to dedicate more time to it.
If I see that it’s August 17 and I need to complete a goal by August 31, I feel this weird sense of pressure. I’d much rather plan by weeks over days. It gives me more flexibility. That’s why I highly encourage you to start writing the number of the week on your weekly spreads if you haven’t already.
#2 — My top 3 priorities
Underneath the number of the week is where I plan out my top three priorities for the week. I pull my priorities from my monthly goals list. You can read about how I set up my monthly bullet journal spread here.
When I sit down to do my weekly bullet journal setup — which I always do on a Sunday — I look at my monthly goals and ask myself:
- What do I need to focus on this week to bring me closer to completing that goal?
I give most of my goals deadlines, which I keep track of on my Trello board. But if they’re listed as August goals, more than likely, I want to finish them by the end of the month. Most of the time my monthly goals are part of larger yearly goals. That means I want to complete this part of the yearly goal this month.
As you can see, I signify each priority by color.
Yellow is for my One Page a Day Journaling account. This is a passion project and I want to launch the website this week.
Purple is for writing-related goals. I’m currently working on a non-fiction project. My goal is to have the sample chapters drafted this month.
Finally, green is for my copywriting business. I have some bandwidth to take on a few more clients so I’ve been spending this month cold emailing people.
My top three priorities don’t change that much week to week. Especially if they’re part of larger goals. But sometimes I might have a smaller goal I can accomplish in a week and that would go in my top three priorities.
#3 — Any relevant notes
Beneath the squares that represent my top three priorities, I leave some space for any notes. These might include actionable steps I need to take or anything I need to know about the priority itself.
For example, underneath “OPAD website launch,” I have a note that says “promote freebie on Pinterest.” Once the website is launched, I plan to build an email list by offering an exclusive freebie. I can’t do that until the website is launched, but I want it on my radar so it goes under the relevant notes section.
Since I handwrite my first drafts, I wrote “transcribe Ch. 1” beneath “Write sample chapters.” This reminds me that I need to type that chapter into my computer.
You can choose to have this notes section in your weekly bullet journal setup or not. Some weeks I don’t write any notes and other weeks I have a ton that I use a sticky note for additional notes. The point of this section is to remind you of any steps you need to take or any realizations you’ve come to.
#4 — Important due dates (optional)
The fourth item I sometimes include in my weekly spread is important due dates of the week. These dates might include:
- Client projects
- Social media content
I only include dates if they’re part of the current week. This gives me a quick, birds-eye view of what’s coming up. I’m usually ahead of schedule when it comes to my client work, but I do like to include their due dates in case I’m running behind.
This section would go beneath the notes area. I’ll label it as “DUE” and signify the day of the week with the first letter. Besides that, I’ll write the project or event due on that day.
If something important is coming up in the following week, I’ll add an extra little box that says, “Next Week.” There, I’ll write anything I need to have on my radar. I try to be a week ahead of schedule when it comes to certain things. This is just how I work and it means less stress because I always know I’m ahead of the game.
How you plan and how you create your weekly bullet journal setup will be different. It should be different. The thing I love most about bullet journaling is the ability to change a spread if it isn’t working for you anymore. When I look back at my old journals I’m amazed by how many different spreads I’ve tried over the years.
But that’s why the bullet journal method is so popular. It’s flexible. You can be as creative or as minimalist as you want. And while the look of my weekly spread will change, these are the main things I always make sure to plan out. The night before I sit down and write my daily to-do list. This too is color-coded with specific symbols to signify a task’s importance. You can read about my to-do list template here.
If you have any questions about how I plan my weekly spread, don’t hesitate to send me a message. Or comment below. Because I want to know: What does your weekly bullet journal setup look like? Do you use the same spread each week or do you mix it up?