Sometimes you’ll have notes and tasks that are related by a common theme or purpose. Rather than having all these related entries scattered across your Bullet Journal, simply create a Collection Module. Collection Modules, or Collections, are great for organizing specific lists (shopping list, reading lists etc), classes, and projects.

To create a Collection, simply flip to your next blank spread and give it a topic. Now find and migrate all your related tasks, notes, and events into this Collection. Finally, add the topic and page number of this collection to your index. That’s it!

Don’t worry about saving pages. If your collection runs out of room, simply flip to the next available spread and continue it there with the same topic. By adding the new page numbers to the index, you will be able to easily locate each instance of the collection within your Bullet Journal. Now you have a dedicated place to collect your thoughts and an easy way to find it again later.

Tips:

  • A great time to create and update your collections is during the monthly migration.
  • Collections are an excellent tool for projects, classes, or research notes.
  • Be sure to check out threading to supercharge your collections.

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  • Ryder

    Hello world

    • Ryder

      Thread test

  • kwazana

    Okay so do you insert collections into your daily log pages and then just do your daily log around the collection?

    • Heather

      I think collections are meant to be on their own pages, so add a new collection in the next available empty page. Then mark that collection on your index. If the collection overflows, just go to the next available page. Your index might read “20-21, 62-63: recipe ideas collection” or something like that. I’m by no means an expert since I’m sitting here in front a a new, blank, bulletjournal! Please report back what you find 🙂

      • Ryder

        That’s exactly right!

  • kwazana

    Okay that I got? But what I mean is – sorry I was vague – if you write the daily log as you go, then you must have to insert the collections pages – even if on empty pages – into the middle of a set of daily logs. And then I guess you just note the pages in the index. It’s the index that’s the real genius of this system I think.

    • Heather

      Yeah that process was surprising to me too. Your book will be linear in a sense of time since it accumulates in a “next empty page” rule. So it won’t be chunked with “logs” at the start and “collections” in another place. Unless you somehow gather collections starting from the back. But I like the idea of this being a process of churning through ideas and activities.

  • carolin Kohler-damron

    So, what do you “do” with the collections when your journal is full. For example I can see myself having collections that I would want to be able to reference and add to in the second book?

    • tinkicker

      Sounds like a good time to posit notebook threading. In the new index reference back to “collection so and so, n(otebook)23, (page)14-17” . Do the same as a forward reference in the old notebook toward the new one.
      How about that?

      • Mayanic

        this may be a solution for the arc notebook style, to pull parts of the old notebook that may be relevant for the next book.

      • Nilou Noor

        Or just scan/photocopy the page, trim it and add it in your new notebook

  • If there are tasks in the collection with hard deadlines, do those belong in the collection at all or just inside your daily/weekly/monthly log? Or is the point that those tasks will appear *both* in a daily log and a collection?

    My question is specifically for multi-month projects with tasks that might get lost living in daily log alone OR might be missed/late in the collection alone.

    Or do you have both an event AND a task for a deadline with a deliverable? And also keep it in the collection? And somehow the index knows this item lives in 3 places?

    I might be overthinking this…

    • Sandra

      Ann Harris, I have a question that’s related; maybe through discussion somebody will make some suggestions.

    • Anj

      You’re not overthinking this! This is also a question that’s been nagging at me. I find that I have repeating items (eg. “buy lightbulbs” in my Monthly Tasks, in my Home Improvement Collection, in my Weekly To-do, in my Daily Log) Would love to know if you’ve been able to find a hack for this.

  • Evie Fortune

    What I am wondering is how the task related collections migrate back into the calendar.

    • Sandra

      I’m not sure of an official procedure, but I put on my May to-do list “Organist” (because I need to hire an organist). There are all sorts of things I need to do, so I started a collection, and on the May to-do list after “Organist,” I wrote “See Collection, page 7.” So when I see it on my May to-do, I can look at my Organist collection (which is an action plan) and if there’s something I need to do today, I put it in the Daily Log for today. But, so far, I’m not going ahead; I’m just doing what I can on that day, then I review the list again tonight for tomorrow, if that makes sense.

      • Domster

        Wow, this answers a lot of my questions. Thanks!

  • Sandra

    I’m new and still confused about the role of an actual calendar. I use a paper calendar, as well as Google Calendar for notifications of things I’m really afraid I’ll forget. It doesn’t seem like the Bullet Journal will cover everything my calendar does. It seems more effective for keeping track of all the zillions of things I need to do or things to remember or inspiration I want to capture, etc. But it seems to me that I’d need to sit down at night (preferably) or first thing in the morning, with both BJ and calendar in hand. With one line per day in the Bullet Journal, there’s not enough room for an address, or a note to “bring doctor’s referral,” or whatever. But this may be why it’s suggested that we use the Bullet Journal for two months to really get a sense of what it is, what it can do, how we can personalize it, etc.

    • Evie Fortune

      I think the month calendar is simply to note the meeting to which you will need to bring the doctor’s referral. So then you add the “bring doctor’s referral” to the day section.

      And perhaps working from your suggestion to me, create a collection for the easily forgettable. So for instance, you have it noted that on June forth you have a meeting. But you need reminders like “bring doctor’s referral” so you add a simple symbol to the month entry that tells you to look in your “Don’t Forget Collection” Like….& Pg.14.

      Then when you go to Pg. 14 which is the Don’t Forget page, you just scan for the entry that shares the page number of that calendar month!

      Ohhhhh…perhaps this wouldn’t work for you. BUT I like it! Mwahahahahahaha. *maniacal laugh*

      • Jennifer Warisch

        Okay, so you then have your Meetings Collection in which you cramp in all the meetings that dont fit in the monthly log, and when writing the daily log, you simply scan through the Meetings Collecting and check, if you have any meetings that day?
        Doesnt that somehow become very difficult with many meetings a day/week, as you loose track as to when you have time or not?

        • Evie Fortune

          I can see where you are coming from. My work and lifestyle doesn’t require many meetings and appointments, so my method might work fine for someone like myself. But it sounds as if your work and lifestyle has many many meetings, so you will no doubt have to find another solution.

          That’s the cool thing about this system. It is so customizable. Perhaps tags for recurring meetings will help you, and simply using short hand to list all your meetings on a given day on the Month overview.

  • Mar Boluda

    Hello! The time has come for me to start my second notebook and I don’t know how to migrate all the collections that are still active in my previous notebook. I don’t fancy the idea of copying everything (music, tv series to watch, books to read) as it seems a waste of space – I haven’t completed my tasks in those collections. What can I do? Should I refer to those collections in the index? But then I would have to carry both journals with me Thanks in advance! Mar

  • Karen pollitt

    I am considering using two separate bullet journals at the same time. One for my corporate job/work because I have an enormous amount of projects, tasks meeting etc. to track & one for my personal life and at entreprenurial endeavor. Does anyone use several bullet journals simultaneuosly and integrate tasks across journals?

  • Domster

    So, once I have a collection I never put anything related to that collection on the day-to-day or monthly logs?
    And then if I need to do anything related to that collection (ex. Pet supplies) I should just put “go to pet supplies” instead of “buy doggie shampoo”?

    Sorry… still getting a hang of this system.

  • I think I can summarize by saying that a Collection is a topic-specific Sub-index.