The Evolution Of My Daily Pages

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


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.


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.


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

8 thoughts on “The Evolution Of My Daily Pages

  • August 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm

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


  • August 31, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    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. 🙂

  • September 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    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.

  • September 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    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

  • October 4, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    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!

  • November 14, 2016 at 12:27 am

    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.

  • May 9, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    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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