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Bullet Journal: Migrating to a New Notebook


Hey there Zen Organizers,

A few days ago, I wrote an article about the basics of the Bullet Journal Method. But then I realized that some of you might already know the concept and intend to change notebook with the New Year.

So I thought I'd share with you how I do it. I'm currently at my third BuJo, so I did two notebook migration already. I personally change my notebook when it's almost used up. For example, my second BuJo only had 10 pages left at the end of November, so I started a new BuJo at the beginning of December. I didn't want to have to add loose pages to my notebook only for the sake of starting a new one in January.

Ryder Carroll, the creator of the Bullet Journal, recommends starting the year with a new notebook even if you're only half-way through your current one.

The choice is up to you. Since you can add a collection at any moment in your BuJo, I don't see why you can't simply review your goals and set new ones for the new year in your current notebook. But you do what feels best for you!

I mainly do three things when I change my notebook: I assess my current collections and decide which one to migrate to my new BuJo, I review my goals, and I set new goals.

However, in this article, I'll only focus on collection migration, but you can find the article about goal review here and the one on goal setting here.

Let's get into it!

Whenever I change my notebook, I create a dedicated collection for my collection migration. Here's what it looks like:

Four categories for migration: transfer, don't transfer, add, change
Collection Migration Spread

I then scan all my collections in my current BuJo, and I ask my self the following questions:

  • What collections were useful?

  • Do I copy them exactly as they are?

  • Should I change their layout?

  • Should I add some information/category?

  • What collections were not useful?

  • Did I use them?

  • Is their layout the problem?

  • If I change the layout, will I use them more?

  • Should I transfer them to my new BuJo?

  • What collections should I add?

  • Am I working on a specific goal or project that would require its own collection(s)?

  • Is there any information I'd like to keep gathered in one place (ex. birthdays, customer details)?

Based on the answers, I put the various collections in the correct category of my spread: transfer, don't transfer, change, or add.

And that's pretty much it! I then proceed with the migration of the collections I decided to keep, the modification of the ones I want to change, and the creation of new collections in my new notebook.

If you need some help regarding the migration or have questions, please don't hesitate to send me a message on Instagram or Facebook!

As always, I wish you a zenly organized week (hopefully thanks to your Bullet Journal!),


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