As I pulled together my Bullet Journal Glossary post, I got familiar with some techniques that other people are using – including the Rolling Weeks. This is new to me, though probably not new to others, but I wanted to give it a try. Today I’ll talk about what it is, how I’m setting it up, and why it might work well for you.
As you know, I am an avid weekly gal. I think too much in terms of future tasks that I usually have a robust weekly set up to organize my chaos. This week, I’ll be at a conference for work, meaning my schedule is very different, less rigid, and much more emergent. I figured I’d give this a shot.
Why use rolling weeks? In Ryder’s original system, he focuses on rapid logging day to day, meaning you’d take up as much or as little space as you wanted. The goal was to just organize your work and thoughts in a clear and quick way. The biggest hang up for people is that they like to know what’s coming up – for me, I know it helps me prioritize, prepare, and get ready. The rolling weeks is the best of both worlds.
You can watch the video to watch me set it up as well as give some other tips (honestly it’s much easier to TELL you than write about it), but here’s my write up how you set it up.
First, decide if you want a small row up top or column on the side of the page. I’m still using my weekly habit tracker, so I wanted to line up my column to be that same width – it’s quite a bit wide compared to others, but that’s part of the experiment, right?
Then I just divided up the days – for consistency I just made it the same height as my tracker stamp to get a 5-day forecast. Some want to see a full 7 days out ahead, so just divide it up for your needs.
Since I will be starting to use this spread on Monday, I started labeling the boxes Monday through Friday. In these boxes I will fill in schedule things – for me this will mean which conference sessions and events I’ll attend, and return flight information. If there’s a few key tasks for those days, I’ll add them there too.
The rest of the spread is used for Dailies, ala the original bullet journal system. So I mark Monday for the start of my daily log, and will jot down whatever tasks or notes I want to add. So you just continue using the daily log like normal until the page runs out.
Here’s the rolling part: Say I end my spread with Wednesday. I’ll turn the page and set up another rolling week, divide it into 5 days. Then, I’ll start marking the column starting with Thursday, and forecast 5 days ahead. Then I’ll continue daily logging with Thursday.
This is why it’s a nice combination of forecasting/future planning without sacrificing what people love most about the bullet journal – the flexibility and flowing nature of the dailies. Are there some redundancies? Yes, you might have to copy over some of the days if you don’t get to them during that spread, but probably not by much for the added benefit of a quick look ahead.
I’ll have to report back on how I liked it after this week – but I have high hopes for lighter weeks like this that it will work perfectly! Are you using this technique?