Bullet Journal: Weekly and Project Spreads

A key advantages to using a bullet journal is its adaptability. You’re not beholden to  format forever. Recently I switched to using a weekly dashboard, and have ditched monthly spreads entirely. I’m now working from weekly and project spreads almost exclusively. Here’s how that works.

Ditching Monthly

Between working from home, being aggressively introverted, and the pandemic, I have few or no appointments or events. For the few things that do come up, I use the future log. When I’m setting up next week’s dashboard, I carry things forward from the future log rather than copying them to the monthly.

I don’t put weekly pages on the Index. That would be a bit much. Instead, I’ve been putting the page number of the first weekly spread. So the index entry “135 AUGUST 2020” refers to the dashboard for the week of 3 – 9 August, the first full week of the month.

Leaning on Weekly

As I noted before, my weekly dashboard is basically trackers and a few lists. Some things remain consistent from week to week, others change based on the needs of the moment. I still do daily entries, but that’s less rapid logging and more like a diary. There’s a sticky not on the page for rapid log entries that will be moved. For example, if Katie tells me about an appointment next month, I’ll rapid log it on the stick note, and then move it to the future log at the end of the day when I’ve reviewing and cleaning up. Most of the rapid logging ends up on the project pages anyway, where I also keep a sticky note for non-project thoughts to be captured so they can be logged in the proper place later.

Project Pages

I’ve been keeping a separate journal for projects. Moving between books gets to be a pain after a while. The project journal will continue to exist to document certain things, like release dates, sales data, standard operating procedures, and so on. Any information that I might need to refer back to. For day-to-day notes, I’m keeping project pages in the main book. If nothing else, it has the project name, the start date, and an “outline” list of the major sections. The latter get checked off as the sections are complete. I make notes below, and if I need more space I just thread it forward to the next available page.

Here’s the tip: My bullet journal has two ribbon bookmarks. When I was doing monthly/daily I kept one ribbon in the month and the other in the current day. As I moved to weekly, I put kept one in monthly and moved the other to the current week. Now I have one in the current week, and the other in the current project. I can quickly move between the two pages I will touch multiple times per day.

Weekly and Project Spreads

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