A place for everything and everything in its place
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.
Setting Up A Bullet Journal Collection
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.
- 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.
Threading Your Ideas and Collections
Using Collections in the Bullet Journal is a great way to organize ongoing projects. Some longer-lived projects will spread throughout your book. Though indexing helps you keep track of where your collections occur within the book, it can be a hassle to keep referring to your Index, that’s where Threading comes in.
Let’s say you have a collection that lives on pages 2-6 then reappears on page 14-21, and then again on pages 45-62. To “thread” this collection, simply add the page number of the previous or next instance of that collection next to the current page number. That way, when you’re working on this collection, you don’t have to refer to Index anymore.
About Ryder Caroll
Ryder is the creator of the Bullet Journal. He's a Brooklyn-based digital product designer and art director.