I normally plan out exactly what I want to do for my weekly spread on a piece of scrap paper but this week, I decided to just wing it.
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Before the pen
I knew I wanted to use some washi tape so started with that. I then went through my planner supplies and decided some days of the week stickers would work well over the top.
Dashboard is my preferred weekly layout. Since I usually do a 5 day horizontal spread, I decided to change it up and did a combination of vertical and horizontal this week.
For anyone sceptical about whether it’s actually worth paying for more expensive washi tape I would say that it definitely is. This is some really cheap washi (one of the first rolls I bought many years ago), you can see there’s a crease on the Wednesday strip and if I were to pull that up and attempt to re-stick it, the washi would take the paper underneath with it (which never happens with expensive washi).
Since I usually write on every second line when using dot grid paper, I figured I may as well make some highlighter lines to write on and add some color.
I used the thin end of the Tombow dual tip pen for the divider / arrows line but you could use any fineliner pen.
After the pen
I have a task workflow key but I’ve never really posted it since I never post any end of the week photos (my weekly spreads end up a lot more messy by the end of the week than the photos you see here on the blog).
Here is one of the methods I use for keeping track of tasks (it doesn’t take up much space either)
- Border of a box
- One vertical line in the box to signify that I’ve started that task
- A horizontal line in the box to signify that the task is finished
- If t was an especially crappy task I’ll shade in the entire box (just to get that extra bit of satisfaction)
You could use a hollow circle if you don’t want a box.
This is the method I used this week:
- O = empty checkboxes
- 50 = 50% done (do a diagonal line)
- 100 = 100% done (do either a diagonal line going in the other direction to form a cross OR color in the entire box
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Looks much neater when writing on every second line:
- MAMBI self inking checklist stamp
- Tombow Twin Tone Marker pen (the thin end)
- Light blue washi tape
- Zebra Sarasa gel pen
- Ink by Jeng checkbox stencil
- Staedtler Textsurfer classic pastel highlighter
- MAMBI Handwritten plans days of the week stickers
- Posy Paper dot grid notebook
Would I use this spread again?
Yes, it worked well, I usually write on every second line anyway so the highlighter lines were a good way to add some color. I probably would’ve picked something more pastel like a pastel pink next time but I’m still happy with how this spread turned out. Since it was very quick and easy to setup I will likely use it again.
Past weekly spreads
- 10 Minute Rainbow Weekly Spread Using Highlighters
- Pink & Black themed spread in the Clever Fox Weekly Planner
- Using MAMBI inserts and Carpe Diem planner stickers for a colorful weekly spread
- 10 Planner supplies that will help you plan your week faster
- 10 Pens that are overrated
- 6 Ways to color code your planner to increase productivity
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