A Bullet Journal Collection is a page, or group of pages, in your journal that are dedicated to a particular topic. i.e. Reading, Movies, Music, etc.
There are a number of ways you can organise your journal so you can easily find all the spreads that belong to an individual collection. Take a look at our top six below!
1. Group the Pages
Physically grouping your pages together might be the simplest way of forming a collection, however this can be tricky if you don’t know how many pages you will need or if you want to add to a collection as you go along.
2. Create An Index
Adding an index to the start of your journal is the simplest way to organise your journal collections. It is described in the original “Bullet Journal Method” as follows:
The Index is an easy and quick way to organize the guts of your Bullet Journal so you can find what you’re looking for. It’s also handy when you’re looking back at old Bullet Journals to see the contents at a glance.Ryder Caroll
Heres how to do it:
- Number your journal pages (or purchase a journal that already has page numbers).
- Create an index at the start of your section and add a section with a title for your collection, for example: Books & Reading.
- Each time a new page is added that belongs in the collection, add the title and page numbers to your index.
3. Thread Your Pages
Threading is a way to connect multiple pages that cover the same topic across a notebook. It allows you to see on the page where the last instance is in your notebook.
In the example shown in the image below, 105 is the current page number, (lets say its a Reading Tracker), and 85 is the previous page in the Reading Collection (which could be a Book Review).
4. Colour Coding With Washi Tape
Another way to group together the pages from a collection, even if they don’t physically sit together, is to mark the edge of the page with a coloured Washi tape.
Here’s how to do it:
- Run a strip of Washi tape down the long edge of your page, with half the Washi on the page and half off.
- Fold the Washi tape over the edge so it covers the page edge.
- Add the same Washi design to the edge of all pages in the collection.
- When you close your journal you will be able to easily see all pages that have the same Washi design.
5. A Separate Journal
If you have a collection that is of particular interest to you, then you may decide to create a whole journal dedicated to it. A great example of this is a reading journal.
If you are new to journaling I would advise sticking to just one journal set-up until you are confident that the system works for you. Starting multiple journals might be overwhelming to keep up with and may end up demotivating you.
6. Hybrid Planner
If being able to physically organise your pages is important to you then you may want to consider a Hybrid Planner. Create your pages as normal on dot-grid paper and organise using dividers!
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