In the ‘Bullet Journal Beginners’ series, I promised another post on bullet journal collections, with more in-depth ideas… and here it is!
Bullet journal collections are one of the most fun parts of bullet journaling. They’re where you’ll store all your useful lists and ideas for future reference. And, as you’ll see in this post, the potential for bullet journal collection ideas is limitless!
Some people even love their bullet journal collections so much that they devote an entirely separate journal to them! Indeed, even if you’re not a bullet journaler, you might want to create a lovely notebook full of collections. Just be warned – if you’re a compulsive list-maker, then bullet journal collections can be very addictive!! So let’s get to it… here’s my carefully chosen selection of some of the best bullet journal collection ideas – happy journaling!
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Favourite Bullet Journal Collection Ideas. Ever.
Let’s start off simple! Starting your bullet journal off with a goals collection can be a great way to give your bullet journaling some purpose and clarity. That said, you can of course include a goals collection part-way through your bullet journal – things change and we all have to move the goal-posts in life sometimes, so don’t feel that your goals collection has to be static!
You can make your goals collection as straightforward or as in-depth as you like, depending on what works best for you. Sometimes something simple is better for clarity, and helps to stop you feeling overwhelmed. However, if you really want to hone in and focus on some goals, go for a more in-depth collection. Check out these examples… the one above is a lovely simple collection. The second is a great example of something more detailed – you can check out the accompanying post on pageflutter.com if you’re interested!
The bullet journals above and below both use a Leuchtturm notebook
I also couldn’t resist including this beautiful goals page by journalrella on Instagram – gorgeous!
Another staple bullet journal collection idea is a birthdays and anniversaries page, so that you never forget an important date. You can use a standard grid/calendar layout, or experiment with one of these beautiful ideas…
Books to Read & Films to Watch
If you’re anything like me, you have a long list of books that you’ve been meaning to get round to reading for ages. Well, why not use your bullet journal to convert your mental list into something more actionable? Just use a simple list, or find lots of arty inspiration on Pinterest. You can do the same for films you’d like to watch too.
This arty idea has been created with soft colouring pencil. Prismacolor pencils are my favourites
Family & Friends Ideas
There are lots of good bullet journal collection ideas to help you be an extra-wonderful friend or family member! These are some of my favourites:
- Gift lists – keep track of all those ideas you have throughout the year for perfect presents. Then, when the date arrives, picking something out will be easy-peasy.
- Wishlist – keep a list of all the little things you covet throughout the year, then you’ll have some good ideas for when you’re asked what presents you’d like too!
- Gifts log – don’t forget to keep track of the gifts you’ve received too! This can be great if you’re lucky enough to receive so many birthday presents that you forget who to thank for what. And can also help to avoid awkward re-gifting situations!!
- Favourite family meals/recipes, and everyone’s favourite restaurants.
- The last time I called… use this one for friends and relatives who live further away, to make sure you don’t go too long without checking in. Or adapt it to ‘last time I emailed’!
- Favourite family/friends memories – cherish all those precious memories by logging them in a special bullet journal collection. This is a great way to remember to feel grateful for having loving friends and family in your life. This can also work really well if you have kids, just devote a special page per child and note down all those special moments and hilarious things they say!
- Family date night ideas/ ideas for places to take the kids.
- More for kids – craft ideas, activity ideas, schools info, chores schedule, milestones… the list of bullet journal collection ideas for keeping track of kids is endless!
As well as your basic goals collection, you can create a tracker so that you have a visual representation of getting closer and closer to your goal. This idea works really well for any goal that you can break down into increments. For example, if you’re training for a 10k run, make a tracker that represents each 1k you reach in your training schedule. I love the example below, which represents the goal of achieving a law degree. There are 12 boxes to represent each term, right up until the final one when the main goal will be achieved. After each term is completed, the box is coloured in, and you see yourself getting closer to your dream. This is great to keep you motivated when it gets tough, as you can literally see how far you’ve come.
There are lots of different bullet journal collection ideas to log your meal planning, if it’s something you like to do. You could create a small selection of weekly mix and match options to help make your Sunday evening planning quicker and easier? This also helps with shopping as it’s much easier to identify what you need if you plan your meals in advance.
Health & Fitness
There are any number of bullet journal collection ideas relating to health and fitness! I’ve already mentioned how you can use a tracker to help with fitness goals, and how you can create a meal planning collection. Here are some more of my favourite health & fitness bullet journal collection ideas!
Update – you might like to check out my recent post on using your bullet journal to improve your health for even more ideas!
- Exercise routines – keep a list of some good routines and classes so you’re never stuck for ideas.
- Weight-loss record/goals.
- Ideas for little rewards when you reach your health and fitness goals!
- Ovulation/period/pregnancy tracker & notes.
- Healthy recipe and snack ideas.
- Workout tracker/workout schedule.
- Weekly sleep log – make sure you get enough shut eye by monitoring how much sleep you’re getting.
- Weekly water tracker – to keep mindful of drinking enough water each day.
There are some really great finance related bullet journal collection ideas. Try out some of these:
- Savings tracker.
- Debt/credit card tracker.
- Budget plan.
- Earnings log, if your income is variable.
- Loan repayment log.
- ‘No-spend day’ challenge tracker.
Having a collection dedicated to what you’re grateful for in your life can be a fantastic idea to help you appreciate what you’ve got and feel more positive. I love these beautiful ideas!
The pen used in the image above is a Sakura Pigma Micron – a bullet journaler favourite due to the clean fine lines & fast drying
This is one of the most useful bullet journal collection ideas, even though it’s a pretty dull one! A couple of pages dedicated to recording your most recent appointments can be really useful. It can help to remind you that you’re overdue for your next booking, and you can add notes to jog your memory about what happened at your last doctors appointment etc. I keep a list of the last appointments with all of the below, and have separate lists for family members (and pets!) too:
I love some of the style collections that Ann Le of lifeannstyle.com has created in her bullet journal! Recreating these is for the more dedicated bullet journalers out there, but the results are so gorgeous!…
Bullet Journal Collection Ideas!
And finally (well, almost), don’t forget to include a collection for your bullet journal collection ideas! Seriously, as you get more and more into bullet journaling, the ideas will just keep coming – you need somewhere to record them all!
And the rest!…
The possibilities for bullet journal collection ideas are pretty limitless!! If the ones I’ve shown here aren’t enough for you (really?!), then have a go at some of the below!
- Holiday packing list
- Household jobs list/schedule
- Favourite sites and blogs
- Christmas card list
- Inspirational quotes
- Book/movie reviews
- Ways to relax
- Ways to treat yourself/self-care
- Products to try
- Skincare routine
- Monthly memories
- Travel log
- All time favourite songs
- Class/school schedule
- Grades tracker
- Master grocery list
- Baby names list
- Weekly cleaning schedule
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