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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