Another year gone! Each year I like to do a post with my favorite weekly spreads of the past year. If you started following me partway through the year you may have missed some of my spreads, or maybe you want to try something new for your own spreads.
In no particular order, these were my favorite weekly spreads of 2020.
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1. Dot Markers Weekly Spread
My favorite planner supply of the year – dot markers! Quick and easy to create a rainbow color scheme. Much faster than drawing a dot yourself (and they’re all the same size). I tried 2 different dot markers this year – the Zig and Tombow (see my comparison is this post). I ended up liking the Tombow more (nicer colors).
2. Stencils weekly spread
Stencils are a supply I want to use more of this coming year. They’re an easy way to keep your planner neat if you have messy hand-writing like me. And if you can’t do calligraphy there are stencils to help you fake it!
3. Converting a monthly calendar into a weekly planner
I prefer to use a list format for monthly planning so have plenty of unused box format monthly calendar pages in various planners. Converting the monthly calendar into a weekly planner worked well for keeping my planner neat (only 1 or 2 things per box) and is something I might do again this year.
If I do try this layout again, I’m going to add another page with a list with quick tasks and keep the boxes for each day for the priority tasks only.
4. Simple Christmas spread
While I did this in a Christmas theme I’m going to do it again with different washi tape colors. Those 2 strips of washi were an easy way to add color to the page without taking up too much space.
A supply I want to experiment with more is the helix circle maker. It worked out using it for planning blog post workflow but I want to try it for other things like monthly habit tracking and routine tasks etc.
6. Buke 180GSM
One of very few notebooks that has absolutely no ghosting or show through, even with using all of this highlighter. This spread included plenty of color without wasting any space on the page (as I never write on the top line inside the boxes for each day anyway).
7. Erin Condren
I planned the entire week using dot stickers – so simple, functional and colorful!
8. Rainbow digital planner
I love these rainbow colors and how fuss-free digital planning can be. Digital planning is not something I could use long term (nothing replaces paper, washi tape, stamps etc.) but I do like using it occasionally when I don’t have time to decorate.
9. Gold themed weekly spread
I can make my own gold foil stickers on the Silhouette – I just don’t have the time at the moment on top of everything else. So these Happy Planner stickers are the next best thing. If only they’d sell them by the sheet so you don’t have to buy the entire sticker book.
The Erin Condren softbound horizontal planner reminded me of the Mi Goals planner (half lined / half unlined sections for each day) but with nicer paper (brighter / whiter).
10. Self Inking Stamps + Happy Planner
The Contact USA stamps are so useful and easy to use. I normally avoid stamps as there’s too much mess cleaning up afterwards but with these I just stamp them a few more times on scrap paper and that’s enough to ‘clean’ them.
There were many spreads in 2020 where I did simple checklists that weren’t ‘blog worthy’ (and a bit repetitive) so I didn’t bother posting. My favorite list making methods are:
- Black pen, color coded with highlighters
- Color coded list with colored pens
- To do list with numbers so I can rank tasks in order of importance
- Categorised lists (blog, personal, quick tasks)
- Lists categorised by time (15 min, 30 min, 1hr)
If you’d like some list ideas, see these posts:
- Using blank pages: 50 useful lists to add to your planner
- 50 Tips for writing a better to do list that will make you more productive
- 25 Ideas for your Bullet Journal To Do List Spreads
- My 7 favorite planner supplies for making lists
Past weekly spreads
- Converting the Day Designer daily into a weekly planner
- Pink & Black themed spread in the Clever Fox Weekly Planner
- Customising the Milligram Family Planner
- Color coding your planner: how to choose which colors to use
- Making your own planner stickers: the tools and resources you need
- Favorite washi tape for planning, planner decorating & color coding
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