We’re almost at the end of the Bullet Journal Basics series and I have to say that it’s been enjoyable. Hecktick at times and frustrating when writing occasionally, but I still enjoyed it. So I hope everyone else enjoys this penultimate post as much as I enjoyed writing it.
However, I do have one thing to note before we move on. The Weekly Log is a subject of debate in the Bullet Journal community. Some feel it can be part of the basic system and some feel using it makes the Bullet Journal a DIY Planner. Personally, I don’t see it as being an official part of the basic system. It isn’t part of the getting started videos or web page. But it can be useful for those who feel they need it and it can be simple.
What Is A Weekly Log?
I like to think of a Weekly Log as a useful addition to the system. Like the middle tier of a cake. The top tier is the Future Log and the bottom is the Daily Log, the workhorse of the system.
The Weekly Log is a great way to break down larger projects. Sometimes those projects can be really long-term like writing a novel, and other times they’ll be writing a short story or an essay. But the ability to just add a task or two to your Daily Log and then, when those are complete, check it off of the Weekly. It can build a sense of progress and that sense of progress can be very good for completing long-term projects.
The downside is that not completing the tasks you set for yourself can be discouraging. I would suggest starting with a week long or two-week long project before using a weekly to track progress on something more long-term.
How Is It Used?
Using a Weekly Log is simple. All you need to do is the following:
- Create a variation that suits your needs.
- Fill out the information you already know.
- Check things off as things get done/deadlines are reached.
It should be noted that some people only use a Weekly Log and a Monthly Log. Or use a Weekly only. Experiment. You’ll find your way.
Weekly Log Variations
It can’t be stressed enough how important finding the variations of each Bullet Journal® module that works for you is. With that in mind, here are some simple variations to get those who wish to use this extra module started.
The Simple List is, as the name suggests, the simplest of the variations we’ll cover. There’s literally nothing to it. You just write the week, date range, or both at the top of the page and then write down the items on your list.
It fits in just about any size Bullet Journal, from the tiny to the large. It can also be prettied up if a Bullet Journalist wishes to do that, or modified in other ways. For example, the first letter of each weekday can be placed under or beside reoccurring tasks as a rudimentary sort of tracker. Week long chunks of larger projects can also benefit from this treatments.
However, much as it is great for weeks you have no desire or time to do the next two methods. Variations like adding the first letter of a weekday can make things confusing.
Batched Lists can be considered a step up from the Simple List. However, they’re still very simple. Repeat the header process for the Simple List, then you just divide tasks and events into as many lists as you want or need. Dividing things can get a bit convoluted though, and make adding to lists a bit difficult.
If going with Batched Lists, I would suggest more than two to start. By doing it this way, the Bullet Journalist figures out what they need in their journal. Do they need this list setup to be one page or do they need a full two-page spread? It’s worth noting that someone using an A6 or other small notebooks will likely need a two-page spread regardless of how simple they keep things.
The exception to this is someone using a B6 notebook as their Bullet Journal. The upside to this is that it forces those using smaller journals to be ruthless with about what is important enough to make each list. The downside is that someone may find they need more pages than if they had been using a medium or large notebook at their Bullet Journal. That brings us to the last simple Weekly Log methods, the Alastair Method.
The Alastair Method will be familiar to anyone who has read my post on the Future Log, but it bears recapping.
The Alastair Method was devised by Alastair Johnson during the period I like to call Bullet Journal 1.0. At the time, there was no Future Log. There was only the Index, Monthly Log, Daily Log, and Collections. Eventually, people asked about how to record tasks and events further out than a month so often that Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal®, added the Future Log module to the basic system.
It’s a simple and versatile method that is good for breaking down large projects into smaller chunks. Good for getting reoccurring tasks off your Daily Log, if you choose to use a Daily Log. Good for combining tasks and tracking into one entity. The Alastair Method even fits in almost all notebooks.
To use this method you follow the same header method for both the Batched and Simple Lists. When that is done, a couple of lines down you write the first letter of each weekday on the left side of the page. The right side of the page is where you write your tasks. For a more in-depth look, please visit this link. It will take you to the official Bullet Journal website’s page on the Alastair Method.
What I use
I use all of the methods in this posts depending on my mood and how much time I have on a given Sunday. Most often I use the Alastair Method because it provides structure while not overwhelming me. I like that it get’s big tasks or ones that repeat off of my Daily Logs, allowing me to break them down into smaller tasks or just cross them off.
Please don’t forget to join me for the last post in this series. I’ll be talking about Collections and wrapping everything up.
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