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Simple Bullet Journal Spread

by Joy Liang

A bullet journal is a great way to keep daily tasks and events organized, especially in our hectic age. This type of weekly spread takes ten minutes to do, and can be as simple or complex as you prefer.  

Part 1: Materials


You will need:

  • Journal (preferably a small enough size to be carried around)
  • Pen
  • markers/colored utensils (optional)

The two essential items are a pen and a journal if you’re going for a minimalist look, but if you prefer a pop of color or two, you can use markers, colored pencils, or any colored utensil for the highlights.

Part 2: Skeleton

In my opinion, the easiest weekly spread skeleton is to use two pages with three days on the first and four days on the second. I left some space at the top of the first page for a faux calligraphy title as well (more information on faux calligraphy here). If you don’t want to do that, here are some more interesting titles to spice up your spread. These can all be done with a pen and an accent color.

I marked off each section with a bar and above it, the day of the week and the date. If you need more space or less space in the sections, feel free to adjust the size of them according to your needs.

Here are a few other spreads that I’ve done in the past that have used a different layout.

This one was done when I didn’t have a lot of time, so I kept the spread to a bare minimum. 

In this layout, I combined Saturday and Sunday into one section because I didn’t have a lot going on that week.

Part 3: Key

A key is useful when grouping events and tasks.

It is not necessary, but I prefer to use it because it is easy to see what I have to do at a glance. Keep in mind that a key should be simplistic – if you have too many symbols, your spread will look too clustered and the symbols will end up doing more harm than good.

Part 4: Decoration

I completed the title with an orange marker and added the accent color on the smaller sections.

This is what it looked like after the week was over.

And that’s it! If you are new to bullet journaling, I highly recommend it as it is useful and it’s rather therapeutic to create these spreads. You can add as much or as little decoration as you’d like, whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist.

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