If you’re new to using a dot journal or a blank weekly planner, it can feel intimidating to start. My number one suggestion is to start following some accounts on Pinterest or Instagram to see how other people are using their pages.

The weekly spread (#bujoweekly) is the cornerstone of the planner. It’s two facing pages where you list each day and all the other things you need to remember. Then, you’ll be focused throughout the week.

Find your Format

First, find a format that works for you. Most people list all the days as the primary focus for their spread. Depending on how much detail you like to list, you may need more or less space. Personally, I keep simple prompts for each item on my daily list. Details go elsewhere in my journal.

Additionally, most people keep a few other sections that they find helpful. Some keep mini trackers for water, exercise, studying or other daily goals to remind them at a glance.

I like to keep an extra spot for ideas that hit me throughout the week.

Most people find a few different layouts that work really well for them and just change the details like colors and embellishments.

Keep It Manageable

Perfection paralyzes! When you start, you may prefer to start in pencil then, trace in pen. In general, I would recommend keeping things really simple. Just keep a few sections that you need to maintain throughout the week.

Otherwise, the planner becomes a burden instead of an assistant.

Stay Inspired

As you put together your weekly plan, find little ways to boost your positivity. Add in quotes, photos, stickers, or thoughts that make you smile. With a little creativity, the spread can keep you inspired throughout the week.

How do you use your weekly planner?

Tell me about your weekly planner format. Do you set it up at the beginning of the week? I’d love to hear about your process and how it helps you plan.