New Monsters! Frankenweek versions 1.0 and 1.1

Happy Sunday my fellow mad scientists! Today I want to show you a couple new versions (Frankenmods, if you will) of Frankenlog for those of you out there who prefer to work with weekly spreads instead of – or in addition to – daily logs. I’ll list the pros and cons to each version as we go. Let me know what you think in the comments!

If you’re not familiar already with how Frankenlog works, check out this page before reading on.

Frankenweek v1.0

First up, we have v1.0. I was toying with the idea of going back to using a Dutch door with Frankenlog when I came up with this beast.

Using a half-page Dutch door at the bottom of the page, I was able to create a spread that comes with the benefits of the Frankenlog system while also allowing someone to see all of their items for a given week. Undated tasks can be kept on each side of the main calendar and can always be viewed. This spread also gives you a bonus spot on the last page after Week 5 to use for notes or whatnot.

To make this spread, just cut about halfway down the page and remove the top portion. Be careful when doing this. Consider using an Exacto knife or something similar. If you just yank out the top half of the page, you could cause another page somewhere else in your book to get all wonky. Ask me how I know. 🙂

Pros

  • Simultaneous month/week views.
  • Could be used instead of dailies if you don’t have a ton of items.
  • Could also be used in conjunction with dailies.
  • Great for those who prefer a weekly format but would like to use the other features of Frankenlog.
  • Easy to find items for each week.
  • Not much harder to make than a standard Frankenlog spread.

Cons

  • Repeating tasks that span multiple weeks must be written more than once (more on this after I discuss version 1.1).
  • Not much space in general for each week or for undated tasks.
  • Have to write across the spine for Weeks 2 and 5 (I really don’t like this aspect).

Alrighty then. Was that a whirlwind of creativity or WHAT!? You probably need to go get a frosty beverage before we move on. I understand – this is heavy stuff.

Frankenweek Version 1.1

I mean, why wait, right? I don’t think v1.0 lasted for an hour before I started coming up with something new. I present to you, v1.1.

I know, at first glance you might think that this isn’t much different than v1.0, but sit tight my fellow BuJo Bandits. Notice that this version gives you much more space for each week, and there is a visual connection to the actual calendar.

What that? You only see space for the first two weeks? Well, I hope you brought your wood screws, ’cause I’m about to blow your doors CLEAN OFF!

Wait…
WHAT THE WHAT!?!?!?
Mind. Blown.
Just humor me and pretend your mind is blown.

BLAMO! L-shaped Dutch doors baby! Woo Hoo! We’re sitting right on the edge of sanity here, folks. By cutting out just a portion of two pages, I was able to make a six-page spread that acts like a two-page spread! There’s space for all five weeks, and the last page has a spot to put all your undated tasks. No matter what page you’re on, you can still see the monthly calendar and all the habit trackers.

Pros (mostly the same as v1.0)

  • Simultaneous month/week views.
  • Could be used instead of dailies and if you don’t have too many items.
  • Could also be used in conjunction with dailies.
  • Great for those who prefer a weekly format but would like to use the other features of Frankenlog.
  • Easy to find items for each week.
  • Don’t have to write across the spine like you do in v1.0.
  • Super friggin cool looking. Novelty score 10 out of 10!

Cons

  • Repeating tasks that span multiple weeks must be written more than once (more on this below).
  • More space than v1.0, but still nothing compared to a standard daily log.
  • This takes a fair amount of time to create.

Final Thoughts on Frankenweek

I originally had planned to cut a single sheet into an L-shaped Dutch door, but I pushed too hard with the Exacto knife. But that gave me the inspiration to spread v1.1 over another set of pages and create something with a lot more space than v1.0.

The biggest issue I have with these formats is the loss of a Frankenlog feature that I’m quite fond of. With the regular Frankenlog, you can write a repeating task in the list and then just put it’s assigned letter anywhere you want throughout the whole month. But with Frankenweek, that would only work within a single week. If the repeating tasks spread over more than one week, you would have to write the task again in each week’s section.

Full Disclosure: I don’t use weekly spreads at all. It’s unlikely that I will ever use these for my own Bullet Journal. I make them as an offering to those out there who are a fan of weekly spreads. They were a ton of fun to design and I hope that someone can find some use in them. Check out the YouTube video I made right after penciling these out, and stay tuned for the next monstrous spread to come out of the FrankenLabs!

Ignore the hair. Mad scientists can’t be bothered with using product!

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