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The Evolution Of My Daily Pages

One of the photos I included yesterday was a shot of one of my first daily pages.

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I was basically just making “to do” lists and decorating them with washi tape and stickers. And those were good days when I did that. A lot of days I just sloppily scratched lists not recognizing the therapeutic effect of hand-lettering and lines. Eventually, I did discover how meditative the lettering and lining of pages could be. I do still work full time and have 3 kids (one at college) and hold two volunteer board positions and train for the periodic marathon, so I don’t have the time to make each day a work of art, but I did start playing around with it more.

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And while I enjoyed this, I was also starting to discover the “weekly” spreads were useful but I didn’t want to have one weekly spread and then seven daily spreads so I started playing around with combining days to conserve space. This proved to be useful too since I tend to not accomplish all I need to so I could just look at the unchecked stuff on the SAME PAGE instead of re-writing it on the NEW page every day. I swear I wrote “Paint Eliah’s Bathroom” everyday for 3 weeks a couple of years ago.

But this wasn’t working out for me much either – so about 6 months or so ago or so I switched to the 2-page weekly spread. It took a lot to get over ghosting, I usually only rarely use the backs of pages as I don’t like seeing the other writing under it. But with good planning, I can avoid it a little bit. The 2-page weekly spread allows me to see my week at a glance which is super-useful when scheduling things, but it also still prevents me from re-writing tasks that carry over.

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This has especially proven to be a useful method for me in that it allows me to easily ply 2-3 weeks ahead which I’ve been finding I need more of lately. That’s a harder thing to do when you’re dealing with daily pages because if you have a busy Tuesday coming up and the individual things scheduled for that day are too much for your monthly page, you don’t want to have build a Tuesday page for 9 days from now when you haven’t built all of the pages in between. Once I start to get days too hectic for the monthly page (which we have a lot of when the monthly page is full of soccer games) I just quickly build the weekly spread for that week but I usually do leave a few blank pages in between for meeting notes or memory collection in the meantime.

How has your daily method changed since you started?


Tools I Use:
Notebook: Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Hardcover Dotted
Cover: Custom cover with trail marker from my favorite local race. Made by Makers South
Pens: Currently loving the Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens, Fine Point


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8 Comments

  1. Diana says:

    Just wondering why the February & March Sunday Start 2017 Landscape Style Printables don’t print!

    Thanks,

  2. Jackie says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your pages. I’ve adopted your 2-page weekly spread and it is a lifesaver. I love your blog!! You’re my favorite BuJo resource that I’ve found. 🙂

  3. I did about the same evolution of my dailies as you. I love my week layout and basically keeping it the same just always tweeting it. I wish I was doing this 30 years ago..instead of notepads and scraps of paper for my list keeping.

  4. Jackie says:

    hi your freebie downloadable are brilliant thank you for sharing. I too am wondering why the links to the February and March Sunday start Landscape calendar printable don’t work and please please can you fix it? Many thanks
    Jackie

  5. This is so interesting because it’s so similar to how my daily pages have evolved! I think I’m going to go back to one page a day because I fill them up with so many notes and tasks. Who knows 🙂 anyway, thanks!

  6. Martha says:

    Hello,
    I’ve been happily reading through your blog pages and came to this one, and no more? Can’t find a link to more recent posts.

    I hope you are OK.

  7. Sass says:

    Yes. I’ve not been able to make single dailies work. I need to see the overall week, by Wednesday I am desperate to layout the next week. Leaving pages blank is the way forward.

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