We’ve covered so many topics during this series introducing the Bullet Journal® and breaking it down. Everything from Rapid Logging to the Monthly Log and the well-loved extra known as the Weekly Log. I’ve enjoyed every moment writing this series, even the more frustrating ones.
But you didn’t come here to listen to me ramble about the process of writing this series. So let’s get this show on the road and start talking about Collections.
What Is A Collection?
In the Bullet Journal® system, collections are a way of separating information out. A way of organizing things so that they’re more easily found. It can be a list of books to read, meeting notes for work, breaking down a project etc. what matters is that a collection sets this information apart.
As much of a cop-out as it seems, I don’t have much to say on the use of collections. The way they’re used is extremely mutable, individual to the person. This is because the exact information is linked to the person using a specific Bullet Journal®, their needs from a given collection, and what meets those needs.
Despite the idea personal nature of collections and how that makes what collections someone may need in their journal impossible to predicts. I can give advice the following advice and some examples.
Don’t add collection just because you saw it on Pinterest or some other social media and it looked useful or interesting. Ask yourself if it will fit your needs and if you will actually use it before adding it to your journal. Collections are meant to be used and adding something then finding out it doesn’t meet your interests and needs can be discouragings. It’s your journal and you can take charge of what is in it so that you can be happy with your progress over time instead of frustrated.
A list of Books To Read, for example, will help those who love reading keep track of their reading, expand their horizons to things that sound interesting, and give those who want to read more a sense of accomplishment when they check a book of the list.
Project Breakdowns can act as both a way of breaking large projects down and a way of indexing any other pages that are part of those projects, like a bibliography or citations for a thesis.
Meeting Notes can help a business person or someone who heads up a social club keep track of what is going on at, well, meetings. All notes about meetings with a certain client can go under the same collection, being linked to pages via a process known as threading or a sub-index. Keeping everything in one space and easy to find later.
On the other hand, some people keep a list of the TV Shows I’m Watching, a Series Rewatch or Movies To Watch as a way of keeping track of how much TV/Films they consume and if they like them.
The list of possible collections is endless. As you use your journal more and more, your collections and the way you use your Bullet Journal® will evolve.