A couple of weeks ago I explained how I use my bullet journal to plan for the week ahead. I love using my bullet journal but I do remember how overwhelming it was at first. Seeing the stunning layouts on Pinterest (my bullet journal inspiration board is here) and wondering where to start. Which notebook/pens did I need and did I start with drawing a daily or weekly layout? To answer the notebook/pens question, any will do to get started. The supplies I use or have used in the past are linked further down the post. Any purchases made through those links will give me a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog.
A simple weekly layout
I prefer to draw one weekly layout rather than daily pages. Its easier, I sit down at the weekend and draw out a layout that will get me through the whole week. I normally spread it out over 2 pages as shown in this post. For this post I’m going to draw a really simple weekly spread on one page, perfect for beginners! Just grab a notebook and a pen and copy me!
- Very easy, perfect for a first attempt!
- Quick to do
- Can see your whole week at a glance
- Not much space width ways in each box. A spread set over 2 pages would provide more room.
You will need
- A notebook. Any will do but my instructions will be easier to follow with a dotted notebook. This spread was drawn as an example in my old Bullet Journal by Leuchtturm1917. These days I use a Lemome journal. Both are linked below.
- A pen. Any pen or use a pencil first if you prefer. I use micron pens, this spread was drawn with the 03 pen from the set linked below.
- A ruler.
- Washi tape. Optional, I used washi tape to add a bit of colour but it works fine without it too. The autumn leaves tape I use on this spread is part of the washi tape set linked below.
- First up, turn to the page you will be using. From the top of the page count four dots down and mark the first dot on that row with your pen.
- Follow the row all the way along and mark the last dot on the same row.
- Go to the bottom of the page and mark the first and last dot on the bottom row.
- Join the four dots together using a ruler to make a large box. Now flip your notebook sideways.
- If you are using washi tape, roll a length across the top of your box. Now your page should look like the picture below.
- Now we are going to make 7 sections, one for each day of the week. Starting from one side of the page count 5 dots along then draw a line from your washi tape (or top line) to the bottom line.
- Do this until you have 7 sections. There should be 4 dots inside each column with a line on either side. Look at the photo below for reference.
- Now write the day of the week at the top of each column. I put the letters between dots 2 and 3 to keep them centered. You now have a section for each day of the week! All that’s left to do is fill up our schedule.
- I’ve added a few things as an example. The bullet points are tasks. Turn the dot into a cross when it is completed.
- Triangles are appointments. Shade the triangle in when it is done.
- Circles are events. Shade the circle in once it has passed.
So there you have it! One quick and easy weekly layout. Hope its helpful for someone out there. If you want more step by step bullet journal posts, let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.