Are you a minimalist, student or mom looking for weekly planning help? 🤓

Then you’re in the perfect place.

In this guide, you will learn how to make simple weekly bullet journal spreads, so you can stay organized and track your success.

I’ve personally made over 200 weekly layouts, and I’m about to teach you how to use all my custom templates and one-page split tools.

You’ll also get over 100 weekly spread ideas, free printables, and tools.

Sound good? Keep reading to get started.

Chapter Links

Choose your chapter.

Chapter 1

Weekly Spreads

Chapter 2

Types of
Weekly Spreads

Chapter 3

The Elements of Weekly Spreads

Chapter 4

Weekly Spread Supplies

Chapter 5

How To Make Simple Weekly Spreads

Chapter 6

How To Make a Weekly Spread for Work

Chapter 7

How To Make a Weekly Spread for School

Chapter 8

How To Make Fancy Weekly Spreads

Chapter 9

How to Fill in Your Weekly Spreads


QUIZ: Do you know your animal personality? 🐝🐪🐧

Take the Weekly Spread Quiz to find out which spread layouts are right for you.

Just so ya know, some links in this post may be affiliate links — meaning I get a tiny percentage if you click through and buy, but that’s ALL put back into the blog and giveaways. 😁

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Learn how to make a weekly spread

Chapter 1

Introducing Weekly Spreads

Welcome to the world of weekly spreads!

This chapter is all about the basics:

  • Defining weekly spreads.
  • The benefits of making weeklies.
  • Understanding the difference between weeklies and other bullet journal spreads.

Before we begin, don’t forget we are talking about weekly spreads in the context of bullet journaling.

Here’s the official definition of bullet journaling:

Bullet Journaling is an analog journaling system designed to help you track and store everything you do, all in one place.

(Analog just means “on paper”.)

If you’re just starting out — and want to learn the basics of bullet journaling — check out Part 1 of the setup guide.

If you’re more advanced, you should visit Part 2.

Ok, it’s time to dominate some weeklies…

What Is a Weekly Spread?

A weekly spread is a one or two-page time spread in your bullet journal, that uses day boxes, tracker boxes, and single boxes to track your items over 7 days.

You make your spread at the beginning of the month or week, and fill it in at the end of the day with what you’ve accomplished.

I really do think weeklies are amazing and the best part of bullet journaling.

Because they are the creative heart of your journal, where you’ll spend most of your time, tracking, reflecting, and enjoying life.

But guess what?

There are even more benefits, and they’re coming up next.

FOCUS: Don’t be confused if you hear the term “log” — that’s the official bullet journal term, but most of us in the community simply refer to our pages as a “spread” or “layout”.

The Benefits of Weekly Spreads

Weekly spreads are a super fun and efficient way for you to view your week at a glance, in just a single spread.

But that’s not all.

Weeklies also:

  • Remind you of your weekly goals.
  • Save space in your journal.
  • Help you reflect and appreciate your time.
  • Help you focus on immediate events & appointments.
  • Can incorporate habit trackers.
  • Can plan your meals, exercise, and other activities.

And don’t forget:

Since weeklies are part of the bullet journal ecosystem, making them also gives you the same inherent health benefits.

So you see?

Weeklies are worth your time and energy, and they will end up being one of your favorite parts of your journal.

Now, before we learn about the types of weeklies we’re going to make, let’s briefly compare weeklies to the other types of time spreads you’ll find in a bullet journal.

Q. Why would I not want to make a weekly spread?
  • You use your journal more as a diary versus a planner.
  • You prefer to see your schedule on a larger scale, as a monthly calendar.
  • You use your journal mostly for theme spreads and other collections.
  • You prefer a traditional monthly calendar view.

What’s the Difference Between Weekly, Daily and Monthly Spreads?

Let’s take a step back for a minute.

Did you know that a bullet journal is made up of just 2 page types?

  • Time spreads that log your items, usually in calendar format. Think your typical planner.
  • Theme spreads which are collections of things you care about at the moment, usually NOT in calendar format. Think running lists or “favorite things”.

Time spreads are designed to help you plan your schedule and manage your tasks and events.

They come in 3 different variations: Daily, WeeklyMonthly.

A weekly — that this guide is all about — covers 7 days and gives you an overview of your entire week.

On the other hand…

A daily spread is a one or two-page layout design full of your tasks and events, but it’s restricted to just a single day.

A monthly spread covers 28-31 days and shows you a high-level overview of your entire month’s plans. They are usually in calendar format and include simple “notes” and “tracker” sections so you can stay on top of your habits and hobbies.

FOCUS: Not all months are created equal, so remember a monthly spread can have as little as 28 days and up to 31 days.

Bottom line:

Each of these time spreads is completely flexible and can have any extra sections you want — notes, trackers, ideas, doodles, etc.

We call these sections “elements” and it’s 100% your choice which ones you incorporate into your spread designs, and ultimately your routine & lifestyle.

Now let’s drill down on weeklies…

FOCUS: You can learn all about theme spreads and making a bullet journal in this how to bullet journal guide.

PRO TIP: Do yourself a favor and forget about daily spreads — they are very hard to maintain and keep up with consistently. Focus on weeklies instead.

Q. Where can I learn more bullet journal definitions?

Check out these flashcards.

Chapter 2

Types of Weeklies

It’s time to unveil what weekly spreads look like, so you can choose the design that’s right for you.

In this chapter, you’ll learn:

  • The three main types of weekly spreads. 
  • Who should use each type of spread. 
  • The telltale traits of each layout. 
  • And lots more. 

Let’s dive right in.

Getting Started with Weekly Spreads

Weeklies come in many shapes and sizes.

And like any spread in your bullet journal, they can be as basic or as complex as you want to make them.

Some of the most common myths about bullet journaling revolve around the need to be super artistic and mistake-free.

That’s a lot of pressure on anyone and prevents WAY too many aspiring journalers from ever picking up a pen.

But that’s all nonsense:

You don’t have to be artistic to start a bullet journal.

In fact, you’re not supposed to be — the fundamental purpose of bullet journaling is simplicity and minimalism.

So don’t feel like you need to be Picasso and reinvent the wheel each week and come up with a new design.

My advice:

Find a layout design that works for — that fits your style and doesn’t consume too many mental calories — and stick with it.

When it comes to weekly spreads, you generally have 3 choices:

  • Simple
  • Functional
  • Fancy

Just remember this:

If you want to make things easy, make a simple weekly.

If you need one for school or work, go with the functional.

And if you want to take it up a notch, make a custom fancy spread.

Make sense?

Ok, good work so far! 👍

Now let’s touch on each type of spread so you can pick your favorite.

BONUS: Want a list of free weeklies with PDF downloads and how-to videos? Check out this weekly spread examples page.

What Is a Simple Weekly Spread?

Simple Weeklies are spreads that cover one page and consist mainly of boxes for each day of the week (I call them “day boxes”).

Simple weeklies are for you hustlers out there — busy moms and productivity powerhouses — looking for minimalistic solutions to maximize your time.

View an album of simple weeklies.

(it will take you to a free Google photo gallery)


QUIZ: Are you a busy bee? 🐝

Take the Weekly Spread Quiz to find out if simple spreads are right for you.

What Is a Functional Weekly Spread?

Functional Weeklies are spreads for school or work that cover two pages, and are usually more time-focused, with hourly indicators.

Functional weeklies are for you students and professional workers — you are smart, need to track your time, constantly learning, and are open to exploring your creativity.

I recommend you don’t mix your work and personal journals, so you can easily reference them in the right context.

But if you want to combine them, try starting your work or school-related collections at the front and your personal collections at the back (or vice-versa).

View an album of functional weeklies.

(it will take you to an awesome Google photo gallery)


QUIZ: Are you a professional peacock? 🦚

Take the Weekly Spread Quiz to find out if functional spreads are your style.

What Is a Fancy Weekly Spread?

Fancy Weeklies are spreads that cover two pages and come with extra elements, like habit trackers and decorations.

Fancy weeklies are for you super creative and adventurous types — you like to try new things, regularly challenge your creativity, and love designing journal spreads.

View an album of fancy weeklies.

(it will take you to a free Google photo gallery)


QUIZ: Are you an organized ostrich? 🐥

Take the Weekly Spread Quiz to find out if you like to get fancy.

When Should I Make Weekly Spreads?

Before we learn what goes in our spread designs — and the supplies we’ll need — it’s worth touching on when you’re going to want to make your weeklies.

Your weekly spreads will be designed to cover Monday through Sundays (more on that in a bit).

But when it comes time to decide when to actually sit down to make your weeklies, you’ve got two options:

  • Before the start of the month.
  • Before the start of each week.

I recommend you make all your weeklies at the beginning of the month — so you know how many pages to reserve in your journal.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Make your monthly spread first.
  2. Then check if your current month has 5 weeks.

Here’s a helpful table of months with 5 weeks:











  1. If your month has 5 weeks — for example, if it’s January 2020 — then reserve 10 consecutive pages (5 full spreads) after your monthly spread.
  2. If your month has 4 weeks, reserve 8 consecutive pages (4 full spreads) after your monthly spread.
  3. Then title each spread with the name of the week, very lightly with a pencil, so you know it’s reserved for a weekly spread. For example, “May 1st – 7th”.
  4. Slip your bookmark ribbon in your first weekly page and now you can get started when you’re ready!

PRO TIP: If you are new to bullet journaling and still discovering what layouts work best for your schedule, I would make your weeklies at the start of each week.

That way you can have more flexibility and experiment with new designs, without having to redo your spreads if you need more space, etc.

FOCUS: Did you see the word “consecutive” in the steps above? This means putting your weekly spreads back-to-back. It will keep you more organized.

Of course, you don’t HAVE to put them in consecutive order — you can put theme spreads in between — but you should definitely keep them chronological order (in order of time).

Q. Is a spread always two pages?

Yes. It’s the pair of open-facing pages when your journal is laid open.

Q. What about Daily Spreads? When should I make those?
If you choose to use daily spreads, make your dailies each day or up to a week in advance.

I really wouldn’t make them too far in advance, since you never know how much space you’ll need for your items, especially if you have a busy schedule.

Q. What does it mean for a month to have 5 weeks?

Technically, no month has five full weeks.

If a month doesn’t start exactly at the start of your week — either a Monday or Sunday depending on where you live — then any extra days of the final week will roll over into the next month.

Q. Where do I put my weekly spreads when the month changes midweek?
For example, the final week of July 2020 ends on a Friday, and August 1st is on a Saturday.

In cases like this, keep any weekly that STARTS in the current month with the current weeklies — so put “July 27th – August 2nd” with the rest of the July weeklies.

Another popular idea is to put the weekly with the month with more days of the week.

So sticking with our previous example, that last week in July 2020 has 5 days in July and 2 in August.

July wins, so group it with the other July weeklies.

Ok, you’re an expert on the types of weeklies.

Now let’s learn what to put in our weekly spreads…

Chapter 3

The Elements of Weekly Spreads

We’re about to build our masterpiece. 🙌

But first, we need to know what actually goes in a weekly spread.

That’s where elements join the party.

Elements are the ingredients of your spread design.

And they come in 3 types. Let’s meet them…

Day Boxes

Day Box examples

Vertical Day Box examples

Day boxes are the 7 boxes that are labeled with each day of the week — Monday, Tuesday, etc.

They are the foundation of time spreads.

And they’re filled with your items:

  • To-Do’s / Tasks
  • Homework assignments
  • Events
  • Birthdays
  • Appointments

You get the idea.

Your item breakdown will end up being something around ~ 75% to-do’s / tasks and 25% appointments / events.

Bottom line:

Tracking your to-do items will be your main concern here. Don’t stray too far.

PRO TIP: There are an INFINITE amount of ways to make your own weekly spreads.

I have 100+ unique templates in my VIP Vault for you. They’re free.

FOCUS: Elements are sometimes referred to as “Add-Ons”, “Sections” or “Boxes”.

Just think of them as the parts of your journal design.

Tracker Boxes

Tracker Box examples

Unique Tracker Boxes

Tracker Boxes are 7 boxes that are filled with things you want to monitor every day.

Tracker boxes are like a daily log, where you’re reflecting on what has happened during the week and making a record of it.

For example, you might want to track how well you slept, what you ate or the weather.

Here’s a full list of tracker box ideas:

Cleaning Schedule
Daily Takeaway
Doodle a Day
Goal Progress
Headline of the Day
Instagram Challenges
Meal Plan
Meal Tracking
Mental Health / Daily Mood
Moon Phases
One Line About Today
Outfit of the Day
Positive Word or Quote

Sales Tracker
Social Media
Skin Care
Sleep Tracking
This Day in History
Trying Something New
Water Intake
Word of the Day
Work Schedule
Class Schedule
Workout/Exercise Schedule
Zendoodle a Day

Here’s the kicker:

The seven boxes represent the 7 days of the week, but don’t necessarily include the name of the weekday.

They differ from day boxes since they don’t include typical planner items — like your to-do’s — but rather topics you want to follow during the week.

And they’re often made with colorful designs.

Last but not least, we have Single Boxes.

Q. What’s the difference between Tracker Boxes and Habit Trackers?

A habit tracker is a “yes” or “no” question, where you ask yourself this:

“Did I do this activity or not?”

They typically monitor your big-picture routines and activities.

For example, did you take your medication or did you exercise? Things like that.

Single Boxes

Single Box examples

More Single Box examples

Single Boxes are the leftover boxes or extra space you have after making your day boxes.

Does that make sense?

So basically, after your make day boxes — with the names of each day of the week in them — you’ll usually have extra space on your journal spread.

So what do you do with that extra space?

Enter single boxes — they complete many of your spread designs and are the perfect place to add all your favorite things.

Here are 27 ideas to get you started:

Every Single Thing
A Mini Rant!
Current Projects
Don’t Forget!
Habit Tracker
Key Area (if needed)

Next Week To-Do (or “Later”)
Pen Test
Song of the Week
This Week To-Do
Waiting On…
Weekly Wins
Worried About

BONUS: Want a full PDF list of  Weekly Spread Elements, that you can sort and download?

It gets better:

You can (and should) decorate your single boxes with doodles, washi, stickers, lettering, etc.

They’re just a wonderful place for you to share your creativity and be YOU.

So that’s it! Those are our three element types.

Now let’s get you equipped with the supplies you need…

Chapter 4

Weekly Spread Supplies

Everyone needs tools to make something great.

And this chapter holds the secrets to make the perfect weekly spread.

You’ll get REAL recommendations for:

  • Journals — we’ll find the right journal with the right dotted paper.
  • Pens & Pencils — the right ones to help you outline and sketch.
  • Accessories — washi tape, stencils and more, to guide you.

Let the fun begin.

Just so ya know, some links in this post may be affiliate links — meaning I get a tiny percentage if you click through and buy, but that’s ALL put back into the blog and giveaways. 😁


You want to get an A5 dotted journal.

Here are 5 quick reasons why:

  • A5 is the ideal size — 38 x 26 boxes — which makes them perfect to travel with.
  • They have dotted pages, and the dots act as guides to help you sketch your layouts.
  • They alleviate stress since they’re much easier to rotate to create unique designs.
  • They have tons of options with thicker pages (higher grammage), so you have less pen bleeding.
  • There are plenty of affordable options and you can buy a decent one for $5.

PRO TIP: Learn all about journals in the master bullet journaling guide.

My #1 Pick — Archer & Olive ($30)

Why I love it?

Page quality — the pages are white (not off-white like many brands) and thick — you have to try hard to get this notebook to bleed through.

Here’s the deal:

With weeklies you end up writing a lot, so you need to a high-quality paper that you can rely on to withstand the pressure.

But that’s not all — you’ll also use a lot of different pens for your weekly designs.

So premium pages are a necessity to prevent a lot of ink issues, like bleeding and ghosting.

Extra tidbits:

  • Popular among seasoned journalers.
  • Ultra-thick pages (160 gsm).
  • Includes a back pocket, elastic band, 2 bookmark ribbons, and pen holder.
  • Has a new black-page version.

An Archer & Olive notebook

Plan B: Scribbles That Matter ($20) — super reliable and absolutely beautiful.

Budget Pick: Artist’s Loft ($5) — dotted pages and worth every penny.

Q. What are dotted pages?

Think of graph paper with squares, then make a dot where the lines of each square intersect.

If you remove the graph lines, the dots remaining are your dotted pages!

They act as guides, without the distraction of all the lines.

Q. What does A5 mean?

A5 is a paper size that measures 5.83 x 8.27 inches (148 x 210 millimeters) and is half the size of A4.

Q. Who invented dotted pages?

That’s open for debate, but we do know there was an Englishman by the name of Dr. Buxton, who is credited with the invention of grid or graph paper with a coordinate grid.


You want Daily Pens.

These are pens that write crisp lines so you can clearly see your to-do’s and all the details of your day boxes.

You want a good daily pen that has fine and firm tips. And uses water-based inks.

PRO TIP: You can get started with any pen, but try and find a water-based (or gel pen) that’s not too “wet” on your journal pages.

My #1 Pick — Tombow Mono Drawing Pens ($9)

The best pens in the business for fine detail. Period.

The mono drawing pens come in black and in three tip sizes: 01, 03, 05.

(The smaller the number, the finer the tip.)

I recommend the 03 for your normal writing and the thicker 05 for outlining your boxes and spread elements.

Watch them in action.

Extra tidbits:

  • Strong tips that don’t bend or break.
  • Very little bleeding or smudging.
  • Odorless, water-based black ink.
  • Super smooth and skip-free drawing.

Tombow Mono Drawing Pens

Plan B: Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens ($15) — assorted colors that I use for all my decorations and key symbols.

Budget Pick: Sharpie Fine Point Pens ($8) — tips are super strong and draw crisp, precise lines.

FOCUS: The other journaling pen category is Brush Pens. These guys typically have large, broad tips, and the tip of the pen is flexible.

You can use brush pens on your weeklies for brush lettering & decoration, but stick with the fine tip pens for all your writing.

Q. Where can I buy journaling supplies?

Check out the mega guide for where to buy bullet journal supplies.

Q. What’s your favorite brush pen?
The Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen. It comes with two tips and is only $6.
Q. What does Skip-Free mean?

It’s when a pen makes incomplete (or “partial”) strokes, because of the ink flow to the tip. Learn more about pen skipping.

Ok, we’re not done yet.

We can’t forget the “masking tape” of Japan…

Washi Tape

You can use washi to add decoration and outlines around your boxes or use it to color-code sections of your journal.

(If you’re not using washi tape regularly, then you’re really missing out.)

Here’s why you should use washi on weekly spreads:

  • To split up your planner boxes (day boxes) instead of drawing lines.
  • To decorate empty spaces and outline your elements.
  • To cover up mistakes.
  • To categorize specific elements.
  • To mark your place in your journal.

PRO TIP: Want an even cooler idea?

Pick four different colors of washi — one for each week of the month — and wrap a piece around the edge of your page to mark it (just like before when marking a specific page).

This makes it easier to jump back to items that might be easier to recall by week instead of by day.

You can also color-code the start of each month by color-coding your monthly spread or the first weekly spread of the month.

If you forget what page you’re on — maybe if you don’t have an index or you misplaced your bookmark — then washi comes to the rescue.

Wrap a bit (about a cm length) around the outside edge of your page to bookmark your place. That’s it.

Then just remove the washi when the week is done. It’s as simple as that.

FOCUS: You can also buy thin washi rolls — they’re easier to design with and they take up way less storage space.
Q. What are some fun facts about washi tape?

Oh, that’s a great question! Check out these washi tape fun facts.

Weekly Accessories

Accessories will help keep your weekly spreads looking their best.


Stencils are an easy way for you to add pre-made shapes, symbols, straight lines, and decorations to your bullet journal.

But here’s the best part:

No more drawing from scratch.

All you need is the right stencil pen — to create crisp lines — and you’re good to go!

If you are new to journaling or looking for a quick hack, stencils are the place to start.

Q. Where is the best place to buy stencils?
Etsy has the most complete collection. If you can’t find what you like, try Target second.
Q. Where can I learn more about stencils — how to clean, store, etc.?

I got you covered in part 1 of the setup guide.

Now let’s have some fun with stickers. 


I love me some stickers, especially when special occasions roll around, like birthdays or the holidays.


Because they are a quick and easy way to beautify your spreads and give them a unique theme.

(And just like stencils, they remove the stress of creating artwork from scratch.)

For example, during the summer or New Years Eve, I’ll add fireworks or other celebration stamps.

Then during the fall and winter seasons, I’ll add leaves and Christmas decorations. 🎅

FOCUS: If you also start using stamps, make sure you grab the right ink type and store them properly after you’re done using them.

Q. Where is the best place to buy stickers?

You’ll find an amazing (and cheap) collection at Target or Walmart.

That’s it for accessories!

If you’re serious about accessories, you should also grab some correction tape and a quality ruler.

But wait:

Before we wrap up our chapter on weekly spread supplies, let’s take a closer look at the tools that will help you immensely when it’s time to design your spread layouts.

Free Page-Split Tools

I created two tools to help you easily divide your spread layouts into boxes.

This Page-Split Tool is used for 26 x 38 A5 journal pages and the Journal Companion is used for fancier layouts, with any size journal.

They both come in PDF form, so you can print them out in no time (just click on the links above for a free download). 🙌

What You Need to Know

  • Both tools are used when making a weekly (or any) spread from scratch in your blank journal.
  • The Page-Split Tool is only for the 26 x 38 grid-size journal pages (typically A5 dotted journals).
  • Both tools are for one page of a spread (either left or right).
  • Both have two graphs – Height and Width — that calculate where you will draw your lines based on how many boxes you want in your spread.
  • The Height graph helps you create rows by telling where to draw horizontal lines.
  • The Width graph helps you create columns by telling where to draw vertical lines.

What’s the Difference Between the Tools?

They’re both very similar. For example, each one has a height and width graph.


With the Page-Split Tool, you measure in whole numbers and draw directly on your page’s dots.

The Journal Companion is more precise since you measure in decimals and can draw between the dots.

I know what you’re thinking:

Whitney, this all sounds great, but how do I use it?

Don’t worry. I’ll show you in a bit in the How-To Make Simple section.

But what if you hate counting squares?

Then it’s my pleasure to introduce you to the Door Hanger Extreme…

The Door Hanger Extreme

The Door Hanger Extreme is a premium page-split tool that completely eliminates square counting.

It’s an all-in-one measurement tool, calculator, ruler, and straight-edge.

Why Would I Want a Door Hanger?

Get the Extreme and you’ll be able to:

  • Stop counting squares on your dotted pages altogether.
  • Easily create any weekly layouts from the Free Spread Shop.
  • Avoid writing the square numbers down the pages.
  • Quickly divide your pages with a simple key.
  • Replace the Page-Split Tool and Journal Companion.

(it’s only $14.99)

Q. How much does the Door Hanger Extreme cost?

$14.99. The pack comes with 2 hangers (one for backup 😉).

Get one here.

Q. Where can I learn how to use the Door Hanger Extreme?

Check out this how-to post.

Now that you’re stocked up with the supplies you need, let’s make our first type of weekly spread.

The Simple Weekly.

Chapter 5

How To Make Simple Weekly Spreads

A weekly spread is really like a weekly planner, but with a few extras.

So in this chapter, we’re going to stick with the basics and learn how to create a simple template for you to schedule your week.

Even if you’ve never made a weekly spread before, don’t worry — all you need is a journal and your favorite pen.

Let’s walk through the setup process step-by-step.

Choose Your Elements

When making weekly spreads, you’ll normally have a lot of elements to choose from.

But with simple weeklies, we are just focused on one:

Day Boxes

These are the 7 boxes — that represent each day of the week — that you’ll see everywhere on time spreads, that help you plan and schedule your time.

How to Make It

Making weekly spreads is super easy — you make a grid of your day boxes on one page.

You want at least 7 boxes.

Here are the universal steps:

  1. Open your A5 journal to a new page, and using a pencil, write the box numbers across the top and down the side of the page.
  2. Decide on how many boxes you want on the page — this will determine your grid size. For example, say you want 8 boxes, you’ll make a 2×4 grid (width by height).
  3. Grab the Page-Split Tool or the Journal Companion to help you make your grid.
  4. Use a pencil to create the outlines of your day box.
  5. Go over them in pen once you’re finished.
  6. Fill your day boxes with the to-do’s you know about right now (you’ll add more as the week progresses).
  7. Add a header (or spread title) to any open spaces or boxes with the name of the week. For example, “March 11 -17”.

Box numbers across your dotted pages

BONUS: Watch how to make any spread from the weekly spread examples page.

PRO TIP: Can’t find space for your header title? Split one of your day boxes in half and squeeze it in there — just keep it short and use hyphens between the dates.

Q. How many boxes do I need to make?

You need at least 7 boxes for each day of the week, but when you create a grid you’ll have extra box(es) leftover… which you can use for all sorts of goodies. 🍭

It’s helpful to remember those rules, but let’s go over some real-life examples just to be sure.

When you’re ready, grab the Page-Split Tool, your journal, and a pencil.

Make a 2×4 Grid

Let’s say we want to make a 2×4 grid — that’s 2 boxes wide by 4 boxes tall, for a total of 8 boxes.

Here are the steps using the Page-Split Tool PDF:

  1. Decide how many boxes tall you want to make your page — in our case 4.
  2. Find this number in the Split column of the Height graph (the top graph).
  3. Your horizontal lines will go on the dots of the numbers below the boxes — in our case: 9, 18, 27, & 36.

    Since you have 38 squares in all, you will have 2 more spaces for a border section (this number is shown in the border column).
  4. Do the same for the number of boxes you want across your page (2).
  5. Find this number in the Split column of the second Width graph.
  6. Your vertical lines will go on the dots to the right of these boxes — in our case: 13 & 26.
  7. Draw your lines with a pencil, then finalize them with a pen. That’s it!

Make a 3×3 Grid

What about a 3×3 grid? — that’s 3 boxes wide by 3 boxes tall, for a total of 9 boxes.

Here are the steps using the Page-Split Tool PDF:

  1. Start by finding the number of rows tall you want your page to be — in our case 3.
  2. Find the number 3 in the Split column of the Height graph (the top graph).
  3. Your horizontal lines will go on the dots of the numbers below the boxes — in our case: 12, 24.
  4. Do the same for the number of boxes you want across your page (3).
  5. Find this number in the Split column of the second Width graph.
  6. Your vertical lines will go on the dots to the right of these boxes — in our case: 8, 16 & 24.
  7. Then finally, draw your lines.

That’s it, way to go!

Quick Summary of Simples

  • You make weekly spreads on one page of your journal.
  • Day boxes are the main elements of simple spreads.
  • Day boxes are the 7 individual boxes that represent each day of the week.
  • You want to use the Page-Split Tool PDF to help you draw your boxes.

Congrats! You’ve made a simple spread!

But guess what?

You’re about to get even better at bullet journaling.

Chapter 6

How To Make a Weekly Spread for Work

In this chapter, you are going to learn how to make weekly spreads to skyrocket your professional growth.

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, you’ll be able to apply these techniques to greatly improve your productivity. Anytime. Anywhere.

Even if you don’t journal professionally, you should pay attention here.


Because this is how I make my bullet journal weeklies to run my own successful business.

But that’s not all:

We’re going to add NEW elements to your spread toolbox… so it’s about to get awesome!

Choose Your Elements

When it comes to making weekly spreads for work, you want to look for elements that help you:

  • Save time to increase your daily productivity.
  • Optimize your work schedule (time blocking).
  • Manage your tasks and projects.
  • Track your income and expenses.
  • Track your sales volume and quota.
  • Visualize your project schedule and upcoming deadlines.
  • Plan your meetings, conference calls, and team outings.
  • Take notes, log ideas, and remember details (takeaways).
  • Stay focused on your big-picture goals and mission.
  • Stay updated on your industry news and trends.
  • Prioritize your to-do’s and project steps.
  • Reflect on where and how you spent time.
  • Track the mood or mental state of your team (or interns).

So as you can see, a bullet journal is super flexible and your layouts can be designed to fit any industry — it doesn’t matter what job you have.

Now remember:

We already learned that the day box is the main element of a simple spread — you used them on one page your spread to make your weekly calendar.

But what about that second page?

That’s where we add elements designed specifically to help you track and improve your work performance.

And they’re called: Tracker Boxes and Single Boxes.

Q. What is "Time Blocking"?

Time blocking is scheduling your day hour-by-hour to increase your productivity.

Here’s a free PDF download for you to track your day.

Tracker Boxes

We met all the tracker box options back in Chapter 3, but let’s narrow down that list a bit.

Here are the tracker boxes that will help you the most professionally:

Daily Takeaway
Goal Progress
Headline of the Day
Instagram Challenges
Mental Health / Daily Mood
One Line About Today

Outfit of the Day
Positive Word or Quote
Sales Tracker
Social Media
This Day in History
Work Schedule
Zendoodle a Day

Remember, you should complete these trackers boxes each day over a 7-day period.

We’ll talk more about that in a second.

But first, we have one more element at our disposal: Single Boxes.

Single Boxes

Single boxes are the most creative part of a weekly spread — use them to fill up any empty space with work-related notes, ideas or even inspirational Post-its.

Here are the best single boxes for work:

“Every Single Thing“
A Mini Rant!
Current Projects
Don’t Forget!
Habit Tracker

Next Week To-Do (or “Later”)
This Week To-Do
Waiting On…
Weekly Wins
Worried About

FOCUS: Unlike tracker boxes, single boxes are not used to track an activity over 7 days. Think of them more like “themed” boxed, where each one has a specific purpose.

For example, listing out goals or meeting takeaways.

Now that we know all the options available to us, let’s make one of these guys.

How to Make a Weekly for Work

Making weeklies for work is all about tracking your time and maximizing productivity, so try and keep things simple.

And by simple, I mean keep the total number of tracker and single boxes in the 3 to 5 range.

Your weekly spread covers to two open-facing pages and consists of two main sections:

  1. Day boxes (left page) — use them to plan your week and your items: to-do’s, meetings, and project deadlines (this is what we did this earlier when we made simple spreads).
  2. Tracker and single boxes (right page) — use these to add work-related elements to customize your planning experience.

Let’s do this. Here are the steps:

  1. Open your A5 journal to a new blank spread with two open-facing pages, and using a pencil, write the box numbers across the top and down the side of the page.
  2. For the left page, you want to make a grid of day boxes, so follow the instructions for the simple weekly spread.
  3. Move to the right page and draw a line through the middle horizontally & vertically (Journal Companion references A & H) — this will split your page into 4 equal boxes.
  4. Pick a few of your favorite tracker boxes — I’d start with these ideas for work:
    • Goal Progress — to track the completion of a weekly goal.
    • Work Schedule — your hourly log of work hours.
    • Daily Takeaway — a positive thing you learned that day.
  5. Now pick your favorite single boxes — start with these ideas:
    • Goal — write down your main goal for the week.
    • Every Single Thing — this is a brain dump of all your feelings and what items need to get done.
    • Waiting On… — items you haven’t received from your team yet, and that you should prioritize the beginning of next week.
  6. Name/title your boxes with pencil (we will fill these in later).
  7. On either page, name/title your weekly spread with the name of the week. For example, “April 2-8”.

And there you have it!

You’re now more prepared than your colleagues… go show them your new skillz.

PRO TIP: If you’re wanting to track more than 4 things for the week, keep splitting the larger boxes in half and add as many elements as you want.

Q. Where do I add my header on a work weekly?

You can add it on the left or right page — wherever you have room.

Q. What about A4 and A6 journal sizes?

I would use larger journals, like the A4, for work. Especially if you do a lot of project management, gantt charts, things like that.

… and I would use the smaller A6 journals for school. And they can fit in your backpack and they’re lighter to carry.

Quick Summary of Work Weeklies

  • Work weeklies take up two pages in your journal (one full spread). 
  • Make the simple spread box grid (with day boxes) on the left page first. 
  • Use the Page-Split Tool PDF to help you draw your boxes. 
  • Pick a 4 or more tracker and single box ideas, and put them in the boxes. 
  • Keep your professional spreads clean & simple, and make sure to test what elements work best for you and your routine. 

That’s it for work spreads.

But seriously:

Take the initiative and REALLY apply them to your professional life. You won’t regret it.

Chapter 7

How To Make a Weekly Spread for School

We’ve come to our second functional spread: school.

I just have to say, I love school — I went to Auburn twice and got my MBA there, so it’s near & dear to my heart. 🤓


This chapter is going to make you a straight-A student by showing you how to study, take notes, attend class, and conquer your exams.

I’ll also show you a bunch of free ideas and inspirational pics to get you started.

Sound good? Let’s do this.

Choose Your Elements

When class is in session, you only have time for spread elements that let you move fast, avoid distractions, and think quickly on your feet.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in high school, college, whatever.

Here are 20 reasons you should take your bullet journal to class:

  1. Make awesome class schedules.
  2. Mark where you sat (your seat assignment).
  3. Make lecture or teacher notes.
  4. Jot down new friends you met.
  5. Copy your syllabus handout.
  6. Schedule your upcoming exams and quizzes.
  7. Track your class attendance.
  8. Stay motivated.
  9. Schedule team project & presentation meetings.
  10. Track your grades and GPA per semester.
  1. Monitor your study habits (to see which day you get the most done).
  2. Track your degree preference or mood (I changed my degree 5 times).
  3. Plan for career fairs and interviews.
  4. Track your on-campus social activities.
  5. Jot down your big goals for the year.
  6. Make a list of new classes you want to take.
  7. Outline your next year’s schedule.
  8. Add your professor’s office hours.
  9. Warn you when your parents plan to visit.
  10. Create game schedules for your home team. 🏈

PRO TIP: If you track your professor’s office hours, make sure to add their building name, and office address as well so you don’t get lost. 😉

Ok, I think you get it — bullet journaling for school is pretty spectacular.

But where do you actually track all that goodness on a journal page?

That’s coming up next.

Tracker Boxes

Tracker boxes will help you keep tabs on your behavior.

You’ll want to use them for any school-related activity you want to track over a 7-day period.

Since you’re a busy student, here’s a filtered list of school tracker boxes:

Mental Health / Daily Mood
Outfit of the Day
This Day in History

Word of the Day
Class Schedule

Using the “Class Schedule” box is the obvious choice if you’re a student.

But don’t forget:

You can also use single boxes to make super creative and functional layouts.

Single Boxes

Need some ideas to fill your empty spaces?

Use single boxes to experiment with new ideas and thoughts that you might find helpful to view on a weekly basis.

Here are the best single boxes for the classroom:

Current Projects
Don’t Forget!
Key Area (if needed)
Next Week To-Do (or “Later”)

Pen Test
Weekly Wins
Worried About

BONUS: Get a full sortable list of  Weekly Spread Elements.

PRO TIP: “Worried About” is a popular box — use it by jotting down what’s bugging you going into the week, then can look back on it when your issues are resolved. It’s basically a cool way to reflect and to put things into perspective.

Q. Do you have any theme ideas related to school?

I’m so glad you asked — here’s 20+ school spread ideas.

(See 379 more theme spreads)

Phew, that was a lot of elements! 

(You can learn more about spread elements here.)

So now you know the best tracker boxes and single boxes for your school spreads.

And you know what?

I think we’re ready to add one to our journal…

How to Make a Weekly for School

Your school weeklies should be about staying focused and tracking your time.

And just like with work spreads, we’re going to keep it lean & mean with a total of 3 to 5 tracker and single boxes.

Let’s do this. Here are the steps:

  1. Open your A5 journal to a new blank spread with two open-facing pages, and using a pencil, write the box numbers across the top and down the side of the page.
  2. For the left page, you want to make a grid of day boxes, so follow the instructions for the simple weekly spread.
  3. Move to the right page and draw the same exact grid layout (we call this “mirroring”). For example, if you create a 2×4 on the left page, create a 2×4 on the right page, for a total of 8 boxes on each page of your spread.
  4. Pick your 3 favorite tracker boxes you want — I’d start with these 3 ideas:
    • Study Schedule — to track your learning life.
    • Word of the Day — learn a new word each day of the week.
    • Weather — check if you need to bring an umbrella to class or not.
  5. Name/title your tracker boxes with pencil (we will fill these in later).
  6. Now pick your favorite single boxes — start with these 3:
    • Current Project — the big assignments you should be focusing on.
    • Next Week To-Do (or “Later”) — things you can wait on, but not for too long.
    • Weekly Wins — things you would pat yourself on the back for.
  7. Decide what you want to do with any remaining open boxes. You can leave them blank for notes or reminders throughout the week, you can decorate them with doodles or lettering, or you can come up with your own new tracker ideas.
  8. On either page, name/title your weekly spread with the name of week. For example, “June 17-24”.

Way to go.

You can now send that report card home to mama confidently!

Just remember this:

Stay focused and take it one day at a time. Your design doesn’t have to be perfect.

Q. Should I add my homework assignments to my weeklies?

You can, but I would add them within your day boxes, so you know when they are assigned or due.

Quick Summary of School Weeklies

  • Test what elements work best for you and your school schedule. Keep your spreads easy to read and fun.
  • School weeklies take up two pages in your journal (one full spread).
  • Make the simple spread box grid (with day boxes) on the left page first.
  • Use the Page-Split Tool PDF to help you draw your boxes.
  • Mirror the left page design on the right page of your spread (with the same amount of boxes).
  • Pick a total of 3 to 5 tracker box and single box ideas, and put them in the boxes.
  • You can also track your home team’s sports schedule — check this idea out.

And that’s a wrap for school spreads!

Pace yourself, try new elements, and eventually you’ll find the spread design that works for you in the classroom.

Before we learn how to use our spreads, let’s quickly go over how to make our final spread type:

The Fancy Weekly.

Chapter 8

How To Make Fancy Weekly Spreads

Now it’s time to toss the rulebook out the window, let our hair down, and throw caution to the wind.


Because it’s time to make us some Fancy weekly spreads!

This chapter is for you aesthetic, adventurous rule-breakers, that relish experimenting with new design ideas and challenging yourself.

And it gets better:

This is when we get to play with all our supplies — the colorful, sticky, inky kind— to give our spreads some decoration love.

Keep reading.

Choose Your Elements

So far we’ve made simple weeklies and spreads for both work and school.

But now we’re going to put on our fancy shoes.

Just like we did with those earlier spread types, we are going to stick with our tried-and-true day boxes as our foundational element.

Then we are going to take our tracker and single boxes to the next level.

Here are my personal favorite ideas to get your spread started:

Tracker Boxes

Tracker boxes in fancy weeklies will help you track a TON of different topics or ideas, over the upcoming 7 days.

When it comes time to choose, make it easy on yourself — start with ones that relate most closely to your personality and lifestyle.

Here’s where I would start:

Cleaning Schedule
Doodle a Day
Meal Plan
Meal Tracking
Moon Phases
Positive Word or Quote

Social Media
Skin Care
Sleep Tracking
Trying Something New
Water Intake
Word of the Day
Workout/Exercise Schedule

There’s a lot of options there.

But now you know the power of fancy weeklies — they track everything from your meals, to cleaning schedule, sleep, exercise… heck, even the moon phases! 🌝

Leave with this piece of advice:

Mix up what you track during your weeks.

It’s actually a lot of fun to watch how you live your own life.

For example, I never used to track my water intake, but now I do, and I love feeling healthier.

So challenge yourself and try new tracker box ideas. You never know how it will impact your life. 👍

We’re not done yet…

Q. What’s the difference between a meal plan and meal tracking?

Meal planning is for the meals and ingredients you plan to eat.

Meal tracking is for recording (or creating a log) of what you did eat.

Dreams vs. reality, basically. 😉

Single Boxes

What if you don’t necessarily need to track something each day?

… and you just want to add fun stuff to your spread, that would be cool to look back on from a weekly perspective?

Then use single boxes.

Here are the best single box ideas for your fancy spreads:

“Every Single Thing“
Habit Tracker

Next Week To-Do (or “Later”)
Song of the Week

I love all these ideas, so I encourage you to try each one at least once.


It’s that time again — we’re going to get our hands dirty and make one.

DIY: If you’re feeling super creative, you can make a mini flip book or Dutch Door.

A dutch door is a cut section of a group of pages to reveal a single fixed page underneath. You can then flip through the above, cut pages (like a flip book). You can make them either vertically or horizontally (most popular).

Here’s a beautiful account for inspiration.

Q. Where can I learn more about the Currently box?

The currently box contains all your current favorites, or things you love at that moment.

For example, Netflix shows you’re watching, songs you’re listening to, etc.

You can learn all about the currently box in my bullet journal setup post

Q. What’s the difference between the Now and Currently box?

The Now box is for more immediate items you should tackle. While the Currently box is for things you’re enjoying at the moment.

Q. What is the Later box?

The Later section is for items you can put on hold and do the following week.

You’ll find this box useful when you’re filling a weekly spread and realize some of your to-do’s are better to wait on or postpone.

Then all you do is put them in the Later box.

Q. What is the Now section?

The Now section is a quick check-in with yourself, where you jot down all the important items you need to tackle right away.

How to Make a Fancy Weekly

We’re going to put together our fancy weeklies, just like we did our work and school spreads — with day boxes on the left page and tracker & single boxes on the right page.

But this time we are going to extra decoration with accessories.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open your A5 journal to a new blank spread with two open-facing pages, and using a pencil, write the box numbers across the top and down the side of the page.
  2. For the left page, you want to make a grid of day boxes, so follow the instructions for the simple weekly spread.
  3. Move to the right page and draw a new grid in pencil. This can be any grid made from the Page-Split Tool or Journal Companion. It’s up to you to choose how many tracker boxes and single boxes you want.
  4. Once your grid is made in pencil, decide what exactly you’re wanting to track, and how big the box should be. Label each section with pencil what you’ll be using it for.

    I recommend you start with these tracker boxes:

    • Doodle a Day — draw your favorite doodle.
    • Sleep Tracking — look back on how well you slept during the week.
    • Word of the Day — one word to sum up your day.
  5.  And here are some fun ideas for single boxes:
    • “Currently” — things you currently love and can’t get enough of.
    • Next Week To-Do (or “Later”) — things you can wait on, but not for too long.
    • Song of the Week — the song at the top of your playlist.
  6. Mark over your outlines in pen and label the boxes with letter stamps, stickers, brush pens, or a regular pen, and name/title your weekly spread with the name of the week. For example, “December 21-28”.
  7. Now grab your accessories and add some decoration inside your boxes or around the borders of your pages.

And that’s how you do it!

Be as creative as you want with fancy weeklies. It’s your place to shine.

Now we’ve hit a milestone:

So far, we’ve learned how to make each weekly type, so pat yourself on the back.

Good work! 🙌

We’ve got one more chapter left.

And in it, we will learn how to use each of your new weekly spreads.

Sound good? This will be fun…

FOCUS: You may have noticed “habit trackers” in the list above. They help you create and stick to a routine.

If you can answer yes or no to this question, then you know you have a habit tracker on your hands:

“Did I do it or not?”

For example, exercise, return email, wash dishes, pray, etc. If you did it or not, then you just mark it in your journal.

Learn more about habit trackers or here’s a video of me setting up a social media habit tracker.

PRO TIP: Add decorations in any extra space or split up your boxes and leave a little room for some stickers or stamps.

PRO TIP #2: Weekly spreads are a fun place to try new artistic techniques. If you have new supplies or want to try lettering or a new doodle, skip out on some of the tracker boxes, and add your art!

It’s always cool to go back into your old notebooks and see your progress, and in weekly spreads, you’ll always know exactly when it was created!

Q. Where do I add washi tape?

Add small strips of washi around the borders of your boxes or even wrap a bit around the edge of your page to mark your spot.

Learn more creative ways to use washi.

Q. Can I use watercolor in my bullet journal?

Yes! As long as you have quality paper (150 gsm or higher) in your bullet journal!

Check out this post for 5 Easy Ways to Use Watercolor in Your Journal.

Chapter 9

How to Fill in Your Weekly Spreads

So you’ve made your beautiful new weekly spread… so now what?

In this chapter, we learn how to use our spreads as we live our lives throughout the week.

It doesn’t matter how busy you are or what type of spread you made earlier, we’re going to cover it all in this chapter.

So grab your favorite pen and open your journal to the next blank weekly.

Let’s do this.

Key Symbols

When you fill out your weekly spreads, you add items — to-do’s, appointments, events — to your day boxes.

But how do you make these items even cooler?

You add key symbols — these are the little icons you draw next to your items to make them easier to view them at a glance.

(Basic key symbols are known as “Main Symbols“).

For example, I use these main symbols:

  • Circles (●) for appointments.
  • Squares (■) for a task or to-do.
  • Triangles () for an event.
  • Dashes () for notes.
  • Exclamation points (!) for important items.

Want to know the best part?

You can use any symbols you want and color-code them with fun colors!

Colors will help you prioritize your items and show you how you’re allocating your time.

And you can also draw icons to next your items, to quickly classify them.

For example, I use a TV icon for a show I watched or silverware for a recipe I made.

As new items arise during the week, all you need to do is add them to their respective day boxes.

I’ll show you how to do that next…

FOCUS: Check out my full Key Guide, where you can learn how to make simple keys with main symbols, color-coding, and “Life Icons”.

How to Fill In

This section is all about how you should fill in and use your weekly spreads during your busy days.

Here are the steps to fill in your spread at the end of each day:

  1. Check the digital calendar on your phone to review your open items: to-do’s, tasks, events, appointments, etc.
  2. Add those items to your day boxes.
  3.  Add any icons and key symbols next to your items.
  4. Update any single boxes and tracker boxes.
  5. Go over any outlines with pencil. That’s it!

I recommend you pick a single time each day to sit down and complete your journal.

Here’s the trick:

Stick to a routine.

For example, I do it every night when I jump in bed and turn on my favorite TV show.

It takes about 10 minutes and it really is a peaceful time to look back on the day, be thankful, and to think about what you can improve upon tomorrow.

But that’s just me.

You’ll discover your own magical benefits. 🙌

PRO TIP: Check the calendar on your phone or email client (to make sure you’re not missing anything) first, then add any items to your weekly spreads.

FOCUS: Remember way back in the When Should I Make Weekly Spreads section, we talked about making your monthly spread first, before setting aside pages for weeklies?

There’s a reason for that…

When your filling in your monthly, you should also add items to your corresponding weekly spread at the same time — that way you won’t miss a thing.

Q. When is the best time to add color and decoration to my weekly spread?

Only embellish on color and decoration if you have time.

For me, that’s usually at the end of the week or month.

Finishing Weekly Spreads

You’re now a weekly spread superstar!

Weeklies are my passion, so I hope you learned something today.

Before you go:

I have some free gifts and resources for you…

Templates and Printables

Here are my best resources to find tools, templates, and PDF printables:

  • Weekly Spread List — a weekly spread index where you can choose from to watch the how-to videos or download the PDF designs (don’t miss this one).
  • Page-Split Tool —  a tool to split up your A5 journal pages. It’s simple and uses whole number increments.
  • Journal Companion Tool — a more precise tool to split up your A5 journal pages. It uses decimal increments.
  • VIP Vault — subscribe to my popular vault with tons of extra goodies and all my 100+ PDF spread designs. They’re free.
  • The Shop — all the tools you need to split up and design your layouts with ease. They’re worth every penny.
  • Letter My Journal — learn how to add to write those pretty letters and headers in your journal.
  • Journal You Course — my flagship course on how to become a better journaler and a more productive person.

Sources to Find New Weekly Ideas

Here are my favorite places to discover inspiration.

  • Weekly Album — check out ALL of my weekly spread pictures.
  • Ideas Post — my master list of theme spread ideas that will take your journal to a whole other level.
  • Facebook Group — my tribe’s Facebook group.
  • Reddit — meet a ton of new bullet journalers — especially useful if you’re just starting out.
  • Pinterest — all new ideas posted here for your viewing (and sharing) pleasure.
  • Instagram — tons of the latest bujo inspiration. Also check out my #hashtag guide.

Cliff Notes

Here’s a quick summary of what we learned and takeaways you should remember:

  • Weekly Spreads are a type of time spread — think calendar format with day boxes. The other type of spread is called a theme spread.
  • Weekly spreads come in 3 types: Simple, Functional (work or school), and Fancy.
  • Simple Weeklies are made on one page, in calendar format, and use the day boxes as their primary element.
  • Functional Weeklies are focused on time management and productivity, and used for work or school.
  • Fancy Weeklies are your most creative spreads and include things like habit trackers and decoration.
  • Elements are the parts of your weekly spread. They come in 3 types: Day Boxes, Tracker Boxes, and Single Boxes.
  • Day Boxes are the 7 boxes that are labeled with each day of the week.
  • Tracker Boxes are 7 boxes that are filled with things you want to monitor every day. For example, goal tracking or project progress.
  • Single Boxes are the leftover boxes where you add habit trackers and all sorts of creativity.
  • Always make your weekly designs in pencil first, then go over them in pen.
  • Fill in your weekly spread at the end of each day.
  • You should always check your monthly spread and any digital calendars before filling in your weeklies.

Share Your Feedback

You’ve reached the end!

Are you ready to start making amazing weekly spreads?

What are you spread elements are you most excited to try?

Be creative, have fun, and let us know your experience in the comments below. 👇


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