First things first, I am a huge fan of the bujo weekly spread. It’s a great way to see your schedule for the week and keep on track with whatever you need to get done. Plus, once you’ve created and personalised your page/s – you’re sorted for the next seven days. All that’s left to do is fill it in.
What is a weekly spread?
A weekly spread or a weekly log does exactly what it says on the tin! It’s simply a place to record whatever you have scheduled in for the next seven days. You can use it to jot down birthdays, appointments, things to remember or tasks. Not only that but you can add in trackers, space for special memories or sketches/doodles.
Although it’s not a part of the original Bujo setup, weekly logs are a really popular addition. They can be on one or two pages depending on how much space you need. So if you haven’t tried one then give it a go.
Why use a weekly spread?
Why use one? Simply because it’s the best way to see what’s happening in your week at a glance.
And that’s it.
It can really boost your productivity and help you make the most of your time. It’s a way to look at your schedule and think ‘I’ve got this’.
Daily logs can be really useful if you have a lot of things on but I find that they take up lots of space and flipping through the days to find something can sometimes be a little difficult (and not to mention overwhelming). Monthly logs are great too but they’re only really a brief overview of the coming month and don’t offer much writing space. So a weekly spread is the perfect medium!
What to include in a weekly spread?
The beauty of a weekly spread is that you can adjust it to suit your needs from one week to the next. You will probably want to start with the days of the week and then build on your page/s from there. Let your imagination run wild with themes and trackers!
Some examples of elements you could add to your weekly spread:
- To do list or task list
- A section for next week (upcoming events)
- Water tracker
- Sleep tracker
- Meal planner
- Exercise tracker
- Reading tracker
- Mood tracker
These are just a few ideas but you really could add in whatever you like.
How to create a simple plant themed weekly spread
So, this week, I decided that I wanted to go all botanical. Who doesn’t love some cute and colourful plant pots and hanging baskets?
You will need:
- Ruler or a straight edge
- Black artists pen
- Colouring pencils
1. Create a border around the edge. Mine was double lined, one square wide.
2. Outline 8 horizontal boxes spread across the two pages. I included a water tracker and a meal planner in the final box but you could easily change these.
3. Create your flower lettering
How to: A Simple Flowered font
- With a pencil, write in your days of the week keeping the letters tall and narrow.
- Add extra lines on the outside of each downstroke.
- Once you’re happy with your lettering and spacing, write over each letter in black pen, making sure to leave a gap where you want your flower to be. (In the example below, I tried out two different black liners.)
- Add in your flowers with coloured pencils or fine tipped pens. Easy peasy!
4. Add in your tracker
This week I featured a water tracker with a watering can and droplets of water (in keeping with my plant theme) and a meal planner.
5. Draw in your plants
How to: Doodle Plants
Don’t be intimidated by the thought of doodling. I just kept it pretty simple and chose bright colours for the pots to make them stand out. Whatever you decide to draw, just give it a go and have fun! It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect, sometimes little slip-ups give doodles more character.
And there you have it, a fun and really simple flower themed weekly spread!