One question I have gotten again and again is “What do I do with all my collections?” It really is a great question! Some people keep their collections in their normal bullet journals, but others prefer to keep them separate. Ashyln of Nittany Bujo is here yet again, this time to explain her Collections Journal and show how it works outside of her bullet journal. So without further ado, take it away, Ashlyn!
The Collections Journal
Collection pages are some of the most fun and creative parts of bullet journaling. The only problem is: where do you put them? After a couple months of bullet journaling, I found myself getting anxious about my collection pages being mixed in with my day-to-day planning. From then on, I decided I wanted a separate journal for my collection pages – a ‘Collections Journal’.
My Top 3 Reasons to Keep a Collections Journal
A Collections Journal can be anything you want it to be. My version is simply all of the layouts and pages that don’t mesh nicely with my day-to-day planning. Here are my top 3 reasons for using a Collections Journal.
#1. A Cleaner Day-to-Day Journal
When I mixed collections with daily planning, I found myself struggling to find certain planning pages. Each month randomly had more pages added. It took me forever to find my habit tracker, and I always lost my weekly. Keeping collections separate from my planning has kept my planning journal cleaner and more organized, just as I like it!
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#2. Everything Has Its Own Place
Similar to reason #1, a Collections Journal just really gives everything a home. I love that all of my collections are in one A5-sized place and my day-to-day planning is in its own compartment. For example, a new Instagram tracker not related to a specific month or year always goes directly into the Collections Journal. Similarly, a monthly layout for September goes in the bullet journal. It’s that simple now.
#3. Easier Reference
Lastly, a Collections Journal can allow you to reference your collections (and your planning pages) much easier. In my bullet journal, I only use tabs at the start of each new month. This way it’s easy for me to quickly flip to the month I’m working on. But in my Collections Journal, I use the front index as my reference. Since each page is unique, using an index makes for quick reference without using a ton of tabs.
Remaining Thoughts and Ideas
Ideas for Collection Pages
Now that we’ve covered what a Collections Journal is and how you can use it, here are some ideas for pages to fill it with! Pinterest is a great resources for finding collection idea lists, but below I’ve listed just a few:
- List of lists
- Books to read
- Movies to watch
- TV series tracker
- Instagram tracker
- Pen tests – these are my favorite collections!
- Moving plans
- Vacation plans
Ideas for Other Separate Journals
While I love having a Collections Journal, I feel like I want even more organization and even more separate journals. Here are a few more ideas for separate journal ideas I’ve been personally thinking about starting (YAY for buying more journals!):
- Travel journal
- Favorite recipe journal
- Work plans journal
- Business plans journal (for your start-up or blog)
- Doodle journal
If you were on the fence about keeping more than one journal before reading this, hopefully I helped you pick which way to fall and you feel happier with your own organization process.
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Go forth and collect away!