Starting a new bullet journal? This resource will help you decide how to organize your bullet journal pages in a way that works best for you.
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Every time I start a new bullet journal, the first thing I think about is how I’m going to lay it out. It might be one of the most important decisions I make when I start fresh. And I’ve been asked numerous times, what’s the best way to organize the pages in your bullet journal?
Still, I don’t think there’s a clean cut answer. But, I’ve now used 3 different methods that I’ll share with you, along with the pros and cons of each. From there, you can make the decision that will work best for you.
3 Ways to Organize Your Bullet Journal Pages
One of the most frequently asked questions that I get is, how do you separate your collection pages from your monthly and weekly pages. Over the years, I’ve used a number of different methods. Each has its own set of pros and cons, which I will cover below.
Possibly one of the most common ways to organize your bullet journal pages is to create them as you need/want them. This means, you add your regular monthly and weekly planning pages and then add in your collection pages as you need them. There is no pre-planning for this method. You just go with flow and fill up your journal with an array of pages.
- The easiest method to layout
- No wasted pages between sections
- More difficult to find collection pages
- May seem disorganized or have collection pages in inconvenient places
In my last journal, I sectioned off my journal into categories. If you choose to use this method, you will have to choose the categories that accommodate your specific needs. My journal was sectioned off into regular planning pages, blog pages, personal pages, and health and fitness pages. These were the categories I knew that I used and made collection pages for the most.
Choosing the number of pages to include in each section is likely the most difficult task. I underestimated the number of pages I would need for planning, overestimated the pages I would need for my blog, underestimated the pages I would need for personal, and overestimated the pages I would need for health and fitness. When this happens, you end up with extra pages in certain sections that go to waste once you fill up the planning section.
That isn’t to say that this method won’t work for you. It has it’s pros.
- All pages are organized
- Specific collection pages are much easier to find
- Very difficult to pre-plan for and estimate number of pages needed in each section
- May end up with unused or wasted pages
My current journal is set up in this fashion. I do all of my planning in the front of my journal, and all of my collection pages in the back. I start my collections on the very last page and then work from back to front. This helps keep your regular planning pages separate from your collection pages.
I like this method because you don’t waste pages between sections, your collections are easier to find, and all of your planning pages are together. So far, for me, this is the easiest and most convenient method I have found.
- Planning pages and collection pages separate
- Easier to find collection pages
- No wasted pages between sections
- No tedious pre-planning
- May feel strange working at the back of your journal
- Collection pages are all clumped together and not organized
There is one last method of organizing your bullet journal pages, but it requires two separate journals.
Two Bullet Journals: One for Planning and One for Collections
I have not personally tried this method. But, I have seen other people do it and be successful. This method requires having two separate journals, one for regular planning and one for collections.
- Planning pages and collection pages are completely separate
- Don’t have to transfer or remake collection pages as often
- More of a year fits in a single journal
- Have to buy two journals
- May need to carry around both journals
- Less convenient for filling in collection trackers
I’m curious, how do you organize your bullet journal pages? Did I miss a method above or any of the pros and cons? Let me know in the comments below.