Bullet Journal weekly spread for beginners

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.

Bullet Journal weekly spread for beginners

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!

Level: Beginner

Pros

  • Very easy, perfect for a first attempt!
  • Quick to do
  • Can see your whole week at a glance

Cons

  • 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.

Instructions

  • 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.

Take care,

Hayley x

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Goals for October

October already? I shouldn’t complain, autumn is my favourite season. I would much rather wear a cuddly jumper and curl up with a hot cup of tea and a good book than sunbathe in shorts and a crop top. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when its sunny up to a point but once I get too hot I feel frazzled and grumpy. This summer was crazy hot so although I was very happy to get a decent tan, I’m inwardly celebrating that colder weather is coming!

I’ve been having a think about what I want to achieve in October. The blog is still a baby, just nine days old so I want to focus on being consistent with posting and growing an audience. So its not just me sitting here chatting to myself! Problem is I don’t know what a challenging yet still realistic target would be, I’m very much learning as I go along. Which is good in a way because that was the whole premise of Educating Hayley in the first place! However it does mean I’m a bit clueless at the moment…

Blog goals

  • Post at least twice a week
  • Get to grips with Twitter and Pinterest
  • Have 500 site views over the month

Habits goals

I’m keeping my focus on better sleep and how much caffeine I’m drinking. I also want to get back into reading, I don’t make time to sit and read a book anymore. Time to change that.

  • Keep tracking sleep and caffeine intake in my bullet journal
  • Stick to no more than 3 caffeinated drinks a day
  • Finish reading at least two books

Planning goals

I’m making this month the month of organisation! Moving to another city is imminent,  as soon as I secure a job I’ll have to pack up and drive to Yorkshire. At the moment its a waiting game. I hate waiting games! But if I can get the majority of my things sorted out and ready to go then that’s one less thing to worry about.

  • Pack up anything that I don’t need right now, summer clothes etc.
  • Make a page in my bullet journal for everything that needs doing before I move.
  • Declutter, declutter, declutter!

I’m going to make that do for this month. Hopefully I can reach all these goals and set bigger ones next month. I also hope to have moved by then but I have no guarantees. What are your goals for October? Let me know below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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Planning for the week with a Bullet Journal

Its no secret that I’m not naturally a super organised person. I wish that I was because life feels so much easier with a bit of order. One thing that has really helped me in the past is a bullet journal. When I had it in my bag I felt in control because I knew that all my to-dos, events, appointments and shopping lists were right there. When life was hectic and my brain was frazzled, my trusty bullet journal would be there to keep me right. Over time though the habit slipped and eventually stopped altogether. Now feels like the right time to bring it back, especially now that I’m going to be tracking habits and trying to simplify my life.

What is a bullet journal?

Its a system for keeping track of dates, tasks, appointments and pretty much anything else you want to keep track of. Designed by Ryder Carrol as a quick and simple way to log information, it can be as simplistic or as complicated as you wish. The original tutorial, filmed by Ryder himself is below and explains how it works and how to set your journal up.

As the idea of using a bullet journal spread and became more and more popular, some of the more artistic users adapted the daily, weekly and monthly pages to suit themselves. This resulted in the beautiful and creative spreads that are all over Pinterest and Instagram. Have a look on my Pinterest board if you want a few examples.

What I love about the Bullet Journal is that you can adapt it to suit your needs. I wish I was capable of producing the beautiful pages on my Pinterest board but I have neither the time nor the artistic ability. Below is how I use my bullet journal and how I’ve adapted it to work for me.

My Bullet Journal

Please excuse the flash mark on the above photo, I had some lighting issues. I must add photography to my list of skills to improve. If anyone knows of any good online tutorials or courses, please send the links my way and I’ll look into it soon! I use a dotted notebook for my bullet journal as that’s what I prefer but any notebook will do, especially if you are just starting out and learning what works best for you. I use weekly spreads instead of dailies, the reason for this is I draw out my spread at the weekend and then its ready to go for the whole week. Once I found a design that worked for me I stuck with it and after a few weeks I could draw it out in autopilot in about 10 minutes. Possibly less, I’ll have to time myself one day!

I lay out the days of week in the top part of the page. I like this layout because my whole week is in front of me, I can see what I have to do on which day, when my appointments are etc. The bottom part of the first page is my meal tracker. Lets zoom in a bit.

 

Going down the grid are the days of the week. Along the top are Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks. The last column with the badly drawn teacup symbolizes how many caffeinated drinks I have had that day. I don’t normally drink coffee so I’ve always thought that my caffeine intake was fine but I drink a lot of tea. When I started counting how many cups I was drinking a day I was shocked to find that it was often 6+. So I’ve started alternating with decaf and aim not to drink more than 3 regular cups of tea a day. In each little box I jot down what I have eaten that day. It keeps me accountable so I can’t eat lots of rubbish and pretend it didn’t happen, we’ve all been there… If I eat it, its getting written down.

I’ve just restarted bullet journaling but I’m already feeling more in control just by having a place to note everything down. I might tweak the layout over the next few weeks but for now its working well for me. Do you use a bullet journal or do you have a different way of planning your week? Let me know below.

Take care,

Hayley x

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