Every Sunday, I sit down to plan my week. I usually have a pretty crazy schedule and lots of to-dos to get through for the week, so I like taking a little bit of time at the beginning of the week to get my affairs in order. My bullet journal has been so helpful for my planning and it keeps my brain from going on overload trying to keep everything straight. Since it is such a helpful tool for me, I wanted to share how I plan my week with my bullet journal to give you some tips and tricks!
Create a Layout
The first thing I do when I start my weekly planning is create a layout in my BUJO. I have been tweaking my layout every month until I find one that works perfectly for me. This is the layout I am currently using for July:
Fill in Schedule
The next thing I do is fill in my schedule. Any appointments or activities I have going on I put in the top of each day. I like writing the times so I don't forget. Sometimes I put the start and end time, but if it's something that is always the same amount of time, I just write the start time to save space.
Fill in To-Dos
The ability to have space for to-dos is one of the main reasons why I started a bullet journal. I heavily rely on my list of to-dos to make sure I don't forget to do anything. It also helps me spread out the work I have to do for the week so that I don't feel overwhelmed on any given day. I write my to-dos right underneath my schedule for the day. On days that my schedule is lighter, I plan bigger to-dos. On days when my schedule is really busy, I plan smaller to-dos (or none at all). I constantly add to these lists throughout the week, but it helps to put down what I know I need to do right away.
Some people like to plan every meal for the week, but I only plan for dinners. My breakfasts and lunches are usually pretty similar each day so I automatically know what to get at the grocery store. However, my dinners constantly change, so I like to know a plan for the week before I go grocery shopping. As I plan my meals, I take into consideration a couple of things. First I think about my schedule. If I don't have a lot of time to cook on a day, I don't want to plan a meal that takes a lot of preparation. Second, I think about sales at the store or coupons I have. I like to plan my meals around deals so that I can save some money.
Think About Habits
One of the last things I do when I'm planning for the week is think about any habits I want to track. I have a list of general habits I like to keep track of, but sometimes I think of a new one for the week. I leave room on my habit tracker to add any new habits I think of. I also think it's important to reflect on how my habits went the week before to mentally prepare for habits this week. For example, last week I didn't really clean my apartment, so I know I need to clean it this week. Because I want to make it a habit to clean once a week, it's on my habit tracker and I also included it as a to-do on one of the days this week.
So that's the gist of how I do my weekly planning with my bullet journal! I love being able to tailor-make my weekly planning pages to meet my needs. If you need an outfit planning section, make one! If you need to plan for the weather, make a weather forecast section! There are so many ideas on Pinterest, and you need to make sure your BUJO is yours.