Hello Planning Mashers!
We made it to the final part of our Bullet Journal for beginners series – collections!
This is definitely one of the most fun and creative parts of your planner, and in this post, you’ll learn what collections are, how to add them to your Bullet Journal, and of course – get tons of ideas and inspirations. Let’s dive in!
Collections aren’t exactly a part of the official Bullet Journal system, but over time as the system developed, they became some of the most beloved parts which can combine usefulness with a creative outlet.
Before we dive into collections, here are the other posts in the series on Bullet Journaling for beginners:
- Bullet Journal Key
- Bullet Journal Index
- Future Log
- Monthly Spread
- Weekly / Daily Spreads
- Bullet Journal Collections (this post)
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What Is A Bullet Journal Collection?
Bullet Journal collections are basically lists of different things. Like books to read or movies to watch, collections help you to keep track of all this information.
Collections are great – it’s very fun to set up lists like that. It also can be pretty useful! For example, if you create a wishlist collection, you might discover something new about what your goals should be.
Moreover, they require just a one-time setup, unlike weekly spreads for example. This means you can spend a bit more time on them, exploring your creative side.
I have a list of 300+ page ideas for your Bullet Journal, and a lot of them are collections. I’ll also give you 50+ ideas later in this post, so keep reading.
Where to add your collections?
There are several ways to manage your collections and I’ll talk in detail about each one of them.
They all have their own pros and cons, and I always say that the best way to figure it out is to try and see for yourself how well it works.
At the Beginning of Your Journal
This is how I did with my first journal – all my collections were at the beginning. It was great and they were so easy to find.
However, there are some inconveniences that come along with this method.
First of all, by the time I was setting up my journal, I discovered that this added a bit of pressure, cause I had to think of all the collections I need and set them all up before starting on planning pages.
The second drawback happened when I ran out of pages for my book collection. If this happens to you too, just start again on your first free page. Don’t forget to tag where to find the rest on the original collections page.
This totally drove me crazy though. I know the original Bullet Journal system is all about linear approach, but continuing my collections in the middle of my journal was just not doing it for me. I had to come up with another option.
At the End of Your Journal
In my second journal, I went for this option. It’s pretty convenient and you never run out of pages, but not everything was a bed of roses here either. I came across a few new issues here, which you might consider before choosing this method.
First – this obviously doesn’t work for you if you already have your index page on the back. I personally didn’t so I had no problem. Lucky me! But remember to double-check just in case!
The second problem I faced was the fact that my journal ran out of pages, but my collections were still not filled, so I had to migrate them. Again, it was ok for me because at the moment I had all the time in the world to do it, but maybe if you usually don’t, you might consider the third option.
Separate Journal for Collections
Eventually, I got tired of collections and their big dumb problems and went with this option, to teach them who’s boss here. It’s so convenient honestly! All your collections are separated and there’s no need to migrate them when you run out of pages.
Moreover, it allows you to add more information there! For example, I add short book reviews to my collections journal after I finish reading any novel or other books.
The only drawback (darn it! Seems we can’t escape you, you evil drawbacks!) of having a separate journal is that you might not use it too often. This totally happened to me.
My poor sweet collections journal hasn’t been updated for a while and sits there lonely craving for the attention I give to my main journals. Anyways, I still prefer it that way though, I just have to make sure I make some time to revisit it, maybe every week or so.
Separate Your Journal
This is one of a few options I personally didn’t try, but you might find it working for you. Separate the last 1/3 of your journal just for collections.
You can add a separate tab (or make one yourself from washi tape) to make it easier to find your collections.
The drawback here, of course, is that you might overestimate or underestimate space and run out of space for your daily planning while you still have lots of pages for your collections.
Use a Different Type of Notebook
If collections and organizing them is something that really bothers you a lot, there is one more option for you – switch to a different kind of notebook.
The disc-bound or ring-bound notebooks will allow you to move around your pages and organize them in whatever order you prefer. Plus, you can even move your collections from one notebook to another if they are still not filled.
What way sounds best for you?
Bullet Journal Collections Ideas
When I first heard about the concept of Bullet Journal, I got a bit scared – it’s so easy to get lost when you can do literally everything with your planner!
The same goes for collections – you can have collections of almost everything.
Worry not though, I’m here to give you some pointers. Here are some ideas for collections you might want to try in your Bullet Journal.
- About me
- Skills to learn
- Gratitude list
- Wish List
- Things that make me happy
- Capsule wardrobe
- Favorite makeup
- Self-care routine
- Things that make me special
Hobbies / Entertainment
- Books to read
- Movies to watch
- TV shows tracker
- Themed party ideas
- Craft ideas
- Favorite blogs / YouTube channels
- My top songs
- Movies release date
- Favorite restaurants / bars/ clubs
- Places to visit
- Best camping grounds
- Locations to travel with kids
- Favorite places I’ve been to
- Travel packing list
- Places I’ve visited
- Places I want to revisit
- Favorite meals
- Christmas presents ideas
- Date night ideas
- Family activities ideas
- Emergency contacts
Health and Fitness
- Workout routines
- Yoga poses
- Rewards for reaching fitness goals
- Sleep log
- Last time I (went to the dentist, had a haircut ….)
- Healthy foods recipe
- My favorite smoothies
- Healthy snack ideas
- Foods to avoid
- Ways to relax
- Health challenges
- Favorite resources for health-related information
For more of these check my post Health and Fitness Bullet Journal Page Ideas.
- Renovation ideas
- Cleaning schedule
- Item for yard sale
- House supplies wishlist
- Vehicle maintenance
- Inventory (pantry, freezer, garage)
- Social media tracker
- Blog post ideas
- Facebook groups
- Pinterest boards
- Reader avatar
- Blogging resources
- List of affiliates
- Blog post preparation list
- Guest post ideas and opportunities
Didn’t find here any ideas you’d want to try? Check out my list with 300+ Bullet Journal page ideas!
Bullet Journal Printables
The best and fastest way to figure out what kind of pages you might enjoy in your journal is by using printables.
And I got you covered with that!
First of all, check out our Resources Vault for some free printables. To get your access simply sign up at the end of the post.
Secondly – I created a special set of printables just for this purpose with the 5 most popular collections to get started with.
What collections do you use in your Bullet Journal?
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