Are you team weeklies or team dailies?
There is the ongoing debate about which is the proper way to Bullet Journal. Should you keep a weekly spread, daily spreads, or, maybe even both. The traditional, with a Ryder Carroll stamp of approval, is to daily rapid logging. However, there are a lot of die hard Bullet Journalers out there that draw out weekly spreads. Some even use both a weekly and daily spreads! *Gasp* Nevertheless, only you can decide which team you are on. Each of these spreads work in various ways; with different advantages and cons. No one type is perfect. And, better yet, no one type is the “right” one.
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BENEFITS OF DAILY SPREADS
In The Bullet Journal Method, Ryder talks about his preferred method of rapid logging daily. He does not use a weekly unless he has a very busy week ahead of him. The daily spreads allow ample space to practice rapid logging throughout the day. You can add tasks, cross off unnecessary tasks, and take notes as the day progresses. Thus, this allows you to stay more organized, but only if you do a nightly reflection. Carroll has built this method mostly around reviewing, both in the morning and at night. In return, this results in living a life more aware and focused.
Your daily spreads are ultimately the spread you can rely on throughout the week. Think of it as an ongoing to-do list but with more information. I know, personally, I have enjoyed tracking my meals, water intake, exercise routine, and gratitude. I have found, with both rapid logging and using my daily as a catchall, it is a lot more efficient than a weekly spread. I have noticed as I switched back to daily spreads, I don’t touch my weeklies as much. Even before that, I was too nervous to write out all my tasks in each daily designated spot. So, instead I created far too many trackers, task lists, and the like to take up space. In return, my spreads would be empty save some tracking.
I turn to my dailies for the more traditional rapid logging. I do list out my top priorities, and sometimes even categorize tasks, I find myself leaning towards this more and more. I can still add banners, stickers, and whatever else I want to. But now, I have the ability to add as much or as little as I need to without the worry of keeping everything tidy in one box.
BENEFITS OF WEEKLY SPREADS
When I first started with a Bullet Journal, I instantly gravitated towards the weekly spread. You have your whole week at a glance for you to see daily what appointments you may have, important tasks that need to get done, and can even check in with some trackers. There is a lot you can do with a weekly spread. When you have a traditional, preprinted planner, the most common pages are the weeklies. With that being said, the functionality and concept of that layout was adapted by the Bullet Journal method.
The weeklies represent the majority of what is created on a consistent basis. They can be as functional or creative as you want. Heck, it can even be both!If you search on social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram, you will most likely see more weekly layouts rather than daily layouts. There are the ones that are intricately designed, more minimalist ones, and half decorative/ half functional ones as well. Because the planning community is so diverse, it is very common to see a variety of layouts and spreads for pretty much everything you can think of.
The great thing about the Bullet Journal is you can do you-- really. There are no rules. Setting up your week is no exception. Add all those trackers and notes. Draw the pretty flowers and whatnots. Add and take away tasks. Use the days! Personally, I have included weekly habit trackers, a master task list, tracked my work hours, and logged my meals. The only thing I have continued to have a problem with is using the actually boxes dedicated to the days of the week. Either, I preplan the tasks ahead of time that by the time the day arrives, there are either completed earlier or no longer relevant. I hated how the changes would look.
THE CONS OF DAILY SPREADS
For me, I was first blinded by the empty page in front of me. My anxiety seeped in because either I would have too much space or not enough. The first blank page can really be daunting. Truthfully, I was concerned I wouldn’t know what to include. Oh, the pressure! Alas, I found my way. Funny still, I still stumble from time to time the layout that really works for me. The search for planner peace is real.
With dailies, you can use either one page for each day; or, you can split the page with multiple days. I have never been the type of person who likes to share pages. Even if I don’t need all of the page, it’s nice to have that flexibility. It’s all about flexibility for me. However, there are the kind of people who try to squeeze in a couple of days on one page. Why I include this in the cons of dailies is not just the stress of determining how to use a blank page, but how fickle the dailies can be. Either you are the person who, seeing the blank page, thinks you have to fill in with All. The. Things. I was that person. I didn’t want a single inch not taken up. So, I would add numerous tasks and boxes for trackers I didn’t quite need. The problem with this way of utilizing the daily this way is there is too much going on. You can’t be focused or organized if you jam every task you can think of. Your daily is not a brain dump. It is a focused list of important things for that particular day only!
Another con of dailies is feeling defeated when not a lot gets done that day. That was a common occurrence for me before I realized that I could migrate a task and not feel guilty about it. I know, I know. We are all different humans. We think differently and so forth. This con, again, may not relate to you. However, if I am being honest, a big torrent for me is not feeling accomplished enough each day. I know there are enough people out there that shame themselves, too. You are not alone! You can overcome, I believe in you.
THE CONS OF WEEKLY SPREADS
I have noticed that within the community, there are people who feel pressured to create amazing spreads. Specifically, the focus seems to be on weekly and monthly setups. I know I have beaten myself up over spreads I didn’t think were worthy of sharing. Believe you me, your weeklies are for you only! You are not required to share, take photos, or post in any way. You do you, as I always say. And, I mean it. If your weekly is too empty, or even too busy looking, it’s up to you to decide if you can use it. So, maybe I don’t have many cons in regards to weeklies, but I do know the pressure is more on with displaying those types of spreads rather than dailies. Again, you are worthy. You are special. Don’t let anyone take that away from you.
My biggest con for a weekly is the emptiness that is the after the pen. Why so empty? I tend to think I shouldn’t touch my weeklies as much in far of running out of space, not having important enough things to put in, or because it just isn’t working. It can be extremely difficult to find a setup that truly works for you. There are enough people out there that keep the same layout; but, to the contrary, there are just as many who switch it up each week.
CHAMPION: THE PERFECT COMBO
Let’s face it. There is no winner or loser. Personally, I am content sticking with my empty weekly and daily spreads. I really enjoy coming up with ideas for my weeklies, albeit how frustrating it can be sometimes. Then, there is the practicality of using dailies. As someone who has two jobs, I need the flexibility both have to offer. I know, it does take up more room in your notebook, but the whole point of the Bullet Journal Method is to find what makes your life the most focused, organized, and allows you to live with the best intentions.
Sound off in the comments below what spread you prefer to use.
Remember, it’s all about planning one night at a time.