Looking to buckle down on your productivity this year with the help of a bullet journal?
Daily spreads will be your saving grace – the workhorse of your journal!
A daily spread essentially serves as your to-do list for the day and helps to keep you focused on your priorities. As you may already know, the wonderful thing about a bullet journal is that it’s customizable, which means that what works for me might not necessarily work for you.
That’s why it’s so important to try out different spreads so that you can see what works best for your needs, and what leaves you feeling more creative and productive.
Whenever I need some inspiration for my monthly, weekly, or daily spreads, I take to Instagram to see what other bullet journalists are doing. It’s the best way to get new ideas, especially if you haven’t been journaling for very long.
In my opinion, daily spreads can get boring if all you do is jot down your notes like a bullet list and then cross out each task when you’ve completed them. Why not spend a few extra minutes creating something that you enjoy looking at? It can only help to motivate you.
Plus, there are so many things you can add to your daily spread, as these ingenious bullet journalists showcase in the images below. Let’s take a look!
This spread by @planningwithkay is simple yet so creative. She doesn’t use an entire page for her dailies, which obviously works for her, and you can see that she didn’t create a daily spread every day of the week. Sometimes that happens – you might not need to create one every single day, and that’s totally fine. Kay added brush lettering, pops of blue, green and purple, and cute little succulents for some detail.
Tanya proves that it’s totally acceptable to get creative with your daily spreads – you don’t have to reserve that your monthly spreads only! I think having a daily with some fun doodles or a festive theme can definitely help boost your motivation. There’s just something about a decorated spread that makes you feel better about your to-do list! @twinklytanya is obviously a talented artist, but you can replicate something similar with the use of stickers, washi tape, and even stencils, or magazine cut-outs. Tanya also has a pretty cool YouTube channel with tutorials, which you can check out here.
How simple and clean is this daily spread from @honey.tea.paper?! I love it because it’s something that even a beginner can do. Make it pretty by using different color pens the way this journalist did: brown, teal, and black. Two days per page works well for this bullet journalist, make it can work for you, too!
This daily bullet journal spread by @kimbeesdesigns is SO feminine and fresh. It’s such a masterful use of washi tape. It almost looks too perfect to write in! Kim uses an entire page for her daily spread and leaves a separate area for her to-do tasks, her notes regarding work, her steps, and the day’s menu (which is so helpful if you meal plan and count your steps!) This spread is the perfect example of how you can customize your spreads in a way that meets all of your needs.
This spread by@draftedpages is perfect for those who like to keep things simple. You’ll definitely want to break out your ruler for this one! The contrast between the black ink and lighter ink adds nice detail and it makes this daily spread appear more intricate. Use this as inspiration for when you crave an easy-to-do spread that isn’t boring.
This spread by @plusbizarre is fun and funky! No ruler needed – everything is done freehand. This is a unique spread in that the bullet journalist included sections for her to-do tasks, things that she needs to focus on, meditate on, and be grateful for. Love this idea! I think including a gratitude log in your spreads can really boost your mood and shift your energy (I highly recommend doing this, it works wonders!)
This daily spread by@theletterlingo is so innovative! She has a space for her assignments, her trackers, her assignments that are due soon, and a place for her important notes. She also included a beautiful quote and a picture of the ocean. Beautiful! It’s the perfect spread for students, but it can be used by working professionals too with a few adjustments. This bullet journalist also clearly has a knack for color coordination – her use of pink, blue and purple is so artistic.
I can’t get enough of simple, black-ink only spreads like the one from @deskgraphy. They look SO elegant, professional, and organized – it’s a minimalist’s dream! Plus, it’s perfect for beginners who feel intimidated by all the intricate #bujo images they see online. This bullet journalist used little more than fancy letters and straight lines to create this daily spread, so it’s definitely doable! You just need a really great pen that hopefully won’t bleed through your pages!
This bullet journalist does an incredible job of keeping her daily spread both functional and visually stimulating. @feebujo lists her to-do tasks and reminders like a bullet list and doesn’t use any lines, except to draw the boxes towards the bottom. Her design is drawn at the very top of the page and she only uses the first 3 letters of the days, which I think further simplifies the spread. She definitely has a lot to do during the day, so she takes up an entire page – do what’s best for you and that day!
There you have it – a list of 9 ridiculously amazing daily spreads that should help give you ideas that you can use for your own spreads. That’s what’s so great about the bullet journal community – everyone