Four Basic Bullet Journal Weekly Layouts for Beginners

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Four Basic Bullet Journal Layouts for beginners

I don’t know about you, but when I’m starting something new I love to do a TON of research before I jump in.

I’ve never been the best at staring at a blank page or starting completely from scratch, whether that means looking up 15 different brownie recipes before picking one (thanks pinterest! 😉) or starting a new painting - you guys should see my huge library of reference photos on my camera roll I take of the sky or plants and save for later! 

And for me, Bullet Journaling was the same way! It’s a little overwhelming to begin a new habit and it’s easy to become paralyzed by indecision about starting, so while I was researching I kept my eyes peeled for similarities in the many different ways you can set things up!

I like to look for patterns. After scouring the internet for information about bullet journals and looking through thousands of people’s bullet journal flat lays I started to see a few connections between a lot of them.

And anyway, even if you don’t like to follow or recreate things from templates or patterns, it’s always good to at least be aware of the “rules” so that you can think of fun, new, or different ways to break them.

So without further ado, here are four simple weekly layouts! You can tweak these to fit your own needs, use them just as they are, or just forget them altogether! These are by no means the “only” or “right” way to set up you weeklies, that’s totally up to you! These are simply some patterns I noticed while doing research on how to set up a bullet journal for myself! I’m a beginner at this too! 😊


    Horizontal :

    Horizontal Bullet Journal Spread with Daisies

    Horizontal weeklies is a classic setup! It’s how most store-bought planners are set up so if you’re new to the idea of bullet journaling and feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the different options, horizontal will feel familiar and safe to you, and for that reason it’ll be easy to work with and read or if you’re a more experienced boju person, it’ll be a quick solution if you’re feeling a little behind and need to get your weekly spread set up in a hurry!

    Vertical :

    Vertical Bullet Journal Spread with Daisies

    A vertical spread is exactly how it sounds. Instead of working left to right then down to the bottom and then moving on the next page/ other side, you just stretch the weekdays all the way across the center spine of the spread.

    Having all the days next to each other like this makes the progression of the week clear and obvious, and it’s easier to visualize tasks by the day because all the days are easy to see and plan since they’re all lined up next to each other.

    If you’re anything like me and tend to lean more towards the “I can do so much stuff today it’s going to be great” and put waaaayyy more tasks than you’d ever be able to finish even on your best day, then a vertical spread may be great for you! I was resistant to trying this but surprised how much I liked it! 😄

    Horizontal / Vertical Combo :

    Horizontal Vertical Combo Bullet Journal Spread

    Best of both worlds! A horizontal vertical combo is kinda like a different version of the regular horizontal setup! To do it you go all the way across the spine of your spread for half the days of the week, then back to the other side and all the way across the spine again!

    Working like this can give you a clear view of your week by breaking it into chunks, and if you like to do more things in the beginning of the week, these tasks are going to stand out to you more since they’re right there front and center!

    I tend to work well this way because in the beginning of the week I tend to have a lot of enthusiasm and by friday I’m feeling a little worn out, which is perfect because that’s where the second row starts! 😆

    Alternating :

    Alternating Bullet Journal Spread

    So alternating weekly setups is the most complicated of all the ones here and less of a clearly defined layout since there are so many different ways to do this, but once you get a feel for how it looks you can pick it out in other people’s spreads and make it work for you!

    The main theme connecting all the alternating spreads that I've seen is that the days zig zag back and forth, so instead of going left to right or top to bottom it jumps between both. It's hard to explain, but once you see a few you'll be able to pick it out!

    As a bonus, it’s very interesting visually and it naturally has a little extra room to add embellishments like little doodles or paintings if that is important to you! It can be a little confusing to set up if you’re just starting out or you really like your journal to be symmetrical or even. Still, it’s worth testing out to see if you’ll like it!



    Alrighty! That’s all I’ve got for today! I hope this helped you like it helped me! I know these are pretty basic layouts, but that’s kinda the beauty of it. You can take these building blocks to see which ones work best for you and if they don’t work the way you want them to at least you tried them out! You might be surprised which ones you end up really loving! 😀

    And if you liked the setups in this post and you’re in the market for a new bullet journal, I used one of the journals from the shop to do these spreads! The paper is good quality, and even with micron pens there is no bleeding and the ghosting is pretty minimal! I highly recommend the large version of these journals because there is tons of page space to work with so you can have tons of fun playing around with different layouts and have room to spare for a little watercolor art too! ❤


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