One of my favorite things about bullet journaling is the freedom and flexibility it offers. I love how I can use a full page if I need it, or just a section. There are so many creative ideas out there and I will admit that Pinterest and I are well acquainted with the “bullet journal layout” search. I can spend hours looking through pictures and getting ideas to try in my next weekly or daily layout. I have put together some of my favorite layouts, daily/monthly/weekly to show you and hopefully give you some ideas to use in your planner!
Monthly Bullet Journal Layout
I have seen a lot of monthly bullet journal layouts and to be honest, they all kind of look the same. A little calendar with some space for notes on the side, I wanted to create one that was a little bit unique, with my own flavor. So I set one up with all the Monday’s together, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, etc. throughout the week. There are five boxes per day so each day has lots of room to write down what post I have going live, what post I should be writing, events that are happening, etc. My favorite part about this set up was that there was exactly enough space for a monthly tracker on the side. I made a bit of an error in the beginning but basically, every Monday I would fill in one box if I drank water (notice the pattern there) or wrote a blog post or planned my Facebook posts or did devotions, etc. etc.
There was enough space for 5 boxes per day which works great for the 5 days that would be in a month, plus there was room still for notes in the margin, little records of my day.
Weekly Bullet Journal Layout
Weekly layouts are a thing of beauty. They take a bit more time to get it all organized the way you want to, but you can quickly see at a glance what you need to do, what is happening, what meals you have going on, etc. I don’t mind taking the time to set them up because once they are ready, there is very little to do throughout the week. Here are a few weekly layouts I have fallen in love with.
This is a recent one I have been playing around with, the left side is the days of the week, in a stroke of genius, I added my husband’s shift schedule to the days, the little rounded corner in the right of each day is where I will track the weather. On the right I have space for my daily tracker (which may be a bit overkill considering I have it in my monthly spread, I’m still figuring that one out), my meal plans, and then separate to-do list’s for the home (cleaning… never ending people), for my blog/business, and personal. I don’t have an area for school in this one but I may take out the tracker and put in a section for homeschooling instead. I like to track where we are at and the main projects I’d like to see completed.
This is my favorite layout so far. It was definitely more work to set up, which I think you can see from the little details, but it took me an hour or so in the evening and my week was set. Plus it was so organized, I fell in love. I love how each day had space for my dinner and lunch. I liked the area I set aside for homeschooling, it wasn’t rigid, it was just an idea of what we needed to do that week. I loved the section for what to buy, it made it super simple to shop for our meals that week (especially considering I could see them all at a glance). I even had space for blogging and I still had free space at the end of it. I was thinking of putting a quote of the week or verse, but there is still room for another section if I thought of it.
Daily Bullet Journal Layout Ideas
Lastly, take a look at some of the daily spreads I have done recently. Although I love the added drama of my water colors, I didn’t love the amount of work they were to do each night. For that week that I felt super creative, it was fun. I always enjoy having a whole page as I have ultimate freedom and flexibility. Freedom to watercolor, freedom to journal, etc. However, the 30-45 minutes each night just isn’t sustainable for me so I am back to the weekly spread. This will give you some ideas if you find planning calming and it is part of your hobby, you might enjoy going to a daily spread rather than a weekly one.
In this layout I really played around with doing it all. I love the flag, it was just a little pop of color and a lot of fun. The notebook is fun as well and I loved that I had room for journaling. But again, it was just WAY too time consuming. The next night I did a layout idea I had seen on Pinterest which is super fun, but I decided #1-I needed to use a ruler to get the full effect and #2- it would be worth the effort if it were a long-term collection rather than just a day. It was WAY too much work for just a single day.
I enjoyed both of these days. On the left, I was still working with single days. I had a ton of fun with this little blackboard for school but it really wasn’t practical as it isn’t the primary focus of our day. On the next page I tried simplifying it to do 2 days on one page. This was fun, and I decided to add in a bit of watercolor to make the days pop out. Again, fun… but now that I had a taste of the weekly layout, I don’t know if I can go back to daily’s. They just fit better with my busy life and exhausted evenings.
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