I love record keeping, tracking, measuring, and recording data. That’s probably why I became a scientist. And it’s also a big part of why I switched from using a Hobonochi planner to a bullet journal system. I love being able to record and track aspects of my life, hobbies, and work which was hard to do in a more traditional planner. Being able to add collections in my BuJo makes my soul happy 🙂
The latest collection I’ve been working on is based around reading. I go through stages where I read a ton. I’ll devour books faster than I can find them. Then I may not read for six months! Right now I’m craving the written word and I have an ever growing list of books that I want to dive into.
I have a simple list of the books I’ve put into my mental queue, but the ones I’m most excited about, and currently reading, are in this spread…
To keep all of each series together, I boxed it off with the series title and author at the top. Then each novel gets a progress bar. The two vertical dots represent 25, 50, and 75% of the pages. When I get the book, I put the page numbers there so that I know when I hit a certain page that I’ve gone halfway through. And of course, for tracking I’m coloring in each progress bar as I go. The dot on the left of some of the progress bars represents that I physically have the book, and there is space on the right to write down the date it was finished.
I went through the first 3 Game of Thrones novels really fast! I loved them! But the fourth one… I’m having a hard time getting into it. Rather than force myself to read it, I’m taking breaks and working on other books in the meantime. Since it’s such a big novel, and each chapter is a character’s name rather than a number, I recreated a page by @craftyenginerd to serve as a chapter tracker.
Every time I make it through a chapter I add the colored detail to the flag. Not only does it help with my motivation to finish, but I love looking at it in my journal.
What different types of long-term collections do you have?