Setting Up Weekly Log in Your Bullet Journal


If you have watched the original bullet journal video by Ryder then, you probably must have observed that there are two main logs for planning - a monthly log and a daily log. Did you notice one more thing in this video? It did not have a weekly log! (I'm surprised how Ryder did his awesome planning without weeklies!)

Oh! But why are you stressing so much on THE WEEKLY LOG, Shweta? Well, the reason is that I love weeklies. They are a huge time saver. And if you use it correctly, you can create a killing plan for a week ahead! No, I'm not exaggerating! Well, a little bit :D But yes weekly log are great planning tool in Bullet Journal. I will tell the reason in few seconds.



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Before I walk you through my weekly spread evolution and how I found my perfect weekly layout, I would like you to know why I considered it at first place.

Reason #1

The weekly log gives a bird's-eye view of an entire week. As the monthly log gives a concise view of the entire month, weekly log help in getting a wider view of the entire week. Weekly log adds more details in monthly view. The monthly log is used to get a broader view and did not hold details in it. When the monthly log gets directly spanned into a daily log it can be a bit incomplete. Here is where weekly log can help out. In the weekly log, you can add more details and get a deeper view of the week before diving into dailies. This step-by-step approach is really helpful in planning a productive day!


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My 1st weekly-cum-daily spread


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Reason #2

While planning dailies, upcoming events like party, wedding, vacation, dinner date, holidays and so on tend to distract. This happens to me several times. Mainly when there is a vacation in few days. I just keep dreaming of it and feel dumb at the end of the day for not completing my tasks of the day! Hence, the weekly log shut out the view of the entire month (at least for some time) and help me in concentrating more on working and not dreaming! Does this happen to you too?

Reason #3

Recurring tasks are a bit hard to handle in any kind of planner. But in bullet journal, a weekly log is the great way to handle weekly recurring tasks. If you have read my Weekly Spread Ideas series, I continuously talk about pre-scheduled tasks. These pre-scheduled tasks are nothing but weekly recurring tasks and few already planned tasks (like appointments and meetings). When there is a weekly log setup, it is easy to drop these recurring tasks on the determined days! This is very easy idea to keep weekly recurring tasks under control. I also have a tracker for tracking weekly and monthly recurring tasks.


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Reason #4

There are few tasks that are needed to be done in the week but with no specific date attached to it. Such tasks neither fits in monthly log nor in dailies. And eventually gets slipped out of the schedule. Weekly spreads come handy in such situations. Such undated tasks can be written in weekly task/notes section of the weekly log and can be tracked easily. This way you never miss any random task that doesn't find a place in your monthly or daily log. This is one of the main reasons I prefer using weekly log.


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...And Reason #5

The flexibility of bullet journal allows you to add (and remove) any logs that will increase your productivity. Even though weekly log is not part of original bullet journal you can find so many bullet journalists using it and sharing their awesome layout ideas all over the social media. Even I have shared my weekly spread evolution here.



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So now that you know why having a weekly log is a time saver, let's dive into how I found my perfect weekly layout.

It all started back in January (2016). As I was completely new to planning and planner stuff, I started as suggested in the original bullet journal. (I have never used any kind of planner or planning printable before this). That time I had no idea that the weekly log even exists! Starting with a simple daily log, I continued it for about two weeks with no intention of changing it to a weekly log.

I just kept all the layouts as simple as possible. But something felt missing in the planning process. Few tasks seem to slip out of mind as they had no place to go (as in reason #4). So I wandered around the internet to find ideas to solve my problem. And then I stumbled upon the idea of a weekly log as a solution to my problem. So I decided to create a weekly log. Again it was an experiment I did.

In weekly logs, I got a chance to pre-schedule tasks for that week. This pre-scheduling gave me an idea of how much time I have at hand to schedule other tasks for the day. Now even when any task arises in between I was able to schedule it looking at the weekly log. Plus I had a place to note it down.

Unknowingly my dailies started converting into the weekly-cum-daily logs. Using a two-page weekly spread I felt no need of a separate daily log. I even tried keeping weekly and daily separately but, it was a complete failure! Lesson learned. So, I continued with weekly-cum-daily log tweaking it as needed.

During the process, I kept experimenting with different weekly spreads to match my changing routine. I kept on adding and removing sections in the weekly log to find what works and what not. Like I did for notes and goals sections, to find whether including or excluding them makes any difference. And now I don't need either of them. I write notes on a separate notepad and goals in the monthly log.

I got my weekly log inspirations from Kim of Tiny Ray of Sunshine. She has a brilliant post on weekly layouts ideas here. You have to check it out.


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Some weekly log layouts I experimented


I don't have different planners for work and personal planning. My every day (personal + work) is planned in my bullet journal only. While planning the next day I just write tasks as they come to mind, irrespective whether they belong to personal or work. I struggled to find tasks written this way. Actually, I wasted time reading them every time I had to take next task from the list.

So to distinguish between personal and work tasks I divided days into two sections namely, work and personal. This change made such a difference I can't tell you enough. Sometimes only simple tweaks can help you in a big way. But, now I don't use the division method since I switched to color coding my tasks. So, you see I just kept learning new ideas and tested them if they work for me or not. And now I'm happy and more productive with my color coding system. Are you happy and productive with your color coding system? If not, this post can help you to find one.


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Also, it is important to experiment one thing at a time. And depending upon what works keep or remove it!

So, after this great evolution, I finally found a weekly spread that fits my needs. I kept the layout design flexible so that I can experiment more with different sections and still maintain the layout. The layout is simple, two-page spread including weekdays (Monday to Saturday), optional Sunday, social media tracker, and expenses tracker.


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We never need any complex layout to make ourselves productive. Even the simplest one can improve our planning process. When I started my weekly spread evolution I never thought I would settle down on such simple layout! I assumed it would be something complex including many different sections and trackers. But this simple weekly spread works magic to my planning. I just can't get over it! ;)

Well, now that I have walked you through how weekly log earned a place into my bullet journal, what is your take on it? I would love to hear about your ideas on the weekly log. And if you have any problem setting up your weekly log go ahead and ask me in comments below? Do you have any good idea? Just pop it in comments below and spread the love!


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DIY Silent Tic Tac Toe Game in Easy DIY Steps


I have a question for you here.

When was the last time you played the game of Tic Tac Toe?

Long time, ha?

Even if you played it recently I am sure you enjoyed it as you did as a kid! Tic Tac Toe or Xs and Os as many like to call it, is an evergreen kind of game. As an adult, we forget how refreshing playing it can be. We keep them for kids and underestimate the stress-busting power this very simple game has.

Well, no I'm not trying to tell you how playing Tic Tac Toe will increase your productivity. But yes I have got a new platform to play the evergreen game.



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I have shared the complete tutorial of DIY Silent Tic Tac Toe Game and some easy tips to make Xs and Os on Made in Craftadise blog. Visit this beautiful blog by Salma Sheriff and find how I made the game here.


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The final output looks very attractive and cute. I just loved it! I'm sure you will also love it. So when are you planning to make one for your family?

If you have not yet seen the tutorial head over here!




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22 Genius Ways to Repurpose Shoebox!


In every house there are shoeboxes. And you find them in all the different sizes - daddy size, mommy size, brother size, sister size and baby size! As a DIYer, we know these shoe boxes are great for different DIY projects to de-clutter home (and not just for making school supplies caddy and charging station).

So here I have collected 22 all new and fresh ways to repurpose shoebox. And as I always promise, they are easy-to-make and on-budget. For your convenience, the DIYs are divided into five different groups:

  • Gift Packing
  • Organizers
  • Kid's Play
  • Home Decor
  • Wall Decor

And a very special part tackling the big question of - perfectly covering the shoebox!


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Is Your Color Coding Method Working for You?


In the last post about color coding, we saw many ways to color code and also discussed different ideas to implement them. In this post, we will organize a bit more. So if you have not yet read - the perfect color coding system for your planner, then read it. (Before this post or after reading this post, your choice!)

These beautiful colors create a mess if overdone and can sometimes get overwhelming. So, how to feel less overwhelmed? Exactly this is what we will see today. Plus, there are bonus tips to customize your color coding style in planner or bullet journal!


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The Perfect Color Coding System for your Planner


Color coding in planner has no rules! Really, there is no right or wrong way to do it. But yes there are ways you can start with. So, here are 3*2 ideas for color coding your planner, plus 3 ways to do it. Take them and find what works best for you!

Once you choose your preferred color coding system, you can further customize it as per your style. More on it in next post. Before we go into details, here's a tip to keep you sane in the process.

Color coding will only make finding tasks easier. You have to do the tasks after finding one!


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Get All Your Ribbons Organized



So, you have unorganized or poorly organized ribbons somewhere in your creative corner? You must have found several organizing ideas around the internet. But do they really serve YOUR purpose of ribbon organization?

When I decided to make one, I wanted four things from the organizer. It should be,

  1. Holder-cum-dispenser
  2. Easy to take out and easy to put in the ribbons
  3. Have enough space to rotate each ribbon for winding
  4. Movable

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My New Setup for Bullet Journal



I have been using bullet journal for seven months now. And every day, I am learning new things. I have tried many ideas found on the internet. Sometimes they worked very well but sometimes they were a mess. So while trying and testing these ideas, I came up with new ideas myself.

In previous posts, I have shared my weekly spread evolution, on how I started with a very basic weekly layout and kept on evolving it. Today, I am sharing how I mix and match different ideas to plan my days, weeks, and months in my bullet journal. Also how I try new things without getting overwhelmed.


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Yarn Art - An Empty Bottle Recycle Project


I can spend hours browsing one recycling DIY topic - the wine bottle decor. There are so many ideas in this topic that range from very easy to very hard. In all these diverse ways of decorating a wine bottle, I have found a common pattern. The majority of these ideas revolve around tying something around the empty bottle. Now this can be yarn, strings, pattern papers, decorative tapes, laces, etc. You will also see the combination of, patterned papers with strings, yarn with lace, and much more. Even I had made that DIY!

This time, I thought of using yarn with the usual wrapping method, but with a twist. The outcome is very artistic and not so hard to make. Everything you see is done using yarn. Yes, the design also! Trust me, this is very easy. It is just a step forward of wrapping the yarn around the empty bottle.


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I Don't Want To Bullet Journal. Why?



Bullet Journal has been getting popular day by day. It has got lots of appreciation for being a flexible and cost effective planner. If you are a bullet journalist I am sure you are agreeing with me. But lately bullet journal has been attracting some wrong impressions.

The wrong impressions that it has pre-determined "right way" to start!

Really?!

This is what Maria and Maya thinks. Maria and Maya represent those people who are stuck in some myths regarding bullet journal. They want to start or continue planning with their bullet journal but sadly they have fallen for some traps they see everywhere.

Let us see why Maria and Maya want to discontinue their bullet journal.

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How To DIY Ombre Bulletin Board



While setting up my creative corner I was sure (and excited) to have a bulletin board in front of my table. I never had it till now. So like a child in candy store I want to make all those lovely DIY bulletin boards from Pinterest.

Controlling all the feelings of excitement I decided to test how much I need a bulletin board first. The testing started using a simple piece of cork board as bulletin board and this longed for a month. This short test helped me to realize what actually I like (and need) to see in front of me while working and writing. And then emerged an idea of simple(st) and minimalist bulletin board!


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10 Kid's Animal Art &Craft Ideas!



While browsing internet for some craft inspirations I often stumbled upon kid's crafts. There are so many fantastic creative moms out there in blogging world. And having a creative blogger mom means lots of different activities for kids every time!

So today I thought to compile some easy, fun and cost efficient kid's art and craft ideas for your kiddos. Shortlisting 10 from so many cute crafts was tough and so I decided to create themes. And today's theme is Animals - wild, farm, water and many!


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BULLET JOURNAL : Monthly Layout Ideas (Part 2)


Planning a month in advance might feel less flexible for many. But it isn't. Before I started planning myself I also thought the same way. But now when I have started planning my days, week and month well ahead of time I feel less stressed and get a sense of accomplishment to have done things that really matters!

A monthly plan is always a rough plan on what can be done during the month. So surely planning or just jotting down things-to-do this month on a single page can make a lot of difference. Here is the second part of Bullet Journal Monthly Layout Ideas to help you make your own personalized monthly calendar!


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MY INDIAN VERSION Turns ONE!



May 2016 marks completion of one year for My Indian Version. It was 20th May 2015 when My Indian Version's first post went live. And all the research, planning and work already started in first week of May. It all seems like yesterday!

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My Indian Version (MIV) is my creative energy ventilation. This has now become my best friend. A friend who happily shares my passion for arts, crafts, organization and planning with whole world. (You can frequently find me talking to my blog as if it a person sharing all my creative stuff!)

DIY Quick and Easy MOUSE PAD



It is sometimes fun to make little things at home rather than buying them from store. Not only we can personalize it but also create a stunning piece from materials right at home.

As I'm setting up my creative corner, I'm going to need some beautiful decor piece and organizational stuff. And I see myself making most of them at home. One of it is DIY mouse pad!

One of the overlooked things on the working table is a mouse pad. Yes! It is ignored so terribly that the idea of making few cute, colorful mouse pads does not even cross our mind! But let me tell you this little mouse pad can actually spice up your table just like other cute decor items!

So just treat your mouse pad as one of the decor item and start making it beautiful!


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BULLET JOURNAL – Monthly Layout Ideas (Part 1)


In my four months of bullet journaling I have planned my days using weekly spreads alone. At start of each week and month I would refer to weekly and monthly task checklist and copy them to the current week. But lately I needed a method that will help me put together all monthly tasks, reminders and expenses. So I visited back to the bullet journal site and I found my answer in Monthly log. 

Ryder Carroll, the man behind this flexible planning system, perfectly describes the month calendar as birds-eye view of the month. The two-page spread with the Calendar on left page and the Tasks on the right gives a complete overview on the month. But often while creating custom monthly log many users try to fit in more details in an overview plan!

But what if the traditional monthly log doesn't suit's your current lifestyle?


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