I’m not deliberately trying to make my bullet journals last a certain amount of time…actually, quite the opposite. I like the freedom the bullet journal system gives me so that if I suddenly need 10 pages for notes on a project at work, or a volunteer obligation, I can use them! 10 pages right there! No problem. I love the flexibility of this system. I can use 15 pages in one day and then the next week not do anything beyond my weekly spread.
YET. Without fail. All of my volumes seem to last 3-4 months. Even when I was using a Moleskine which has fewer pages! And this is evidenced by the fact that I’m currently on volume 11 and will be celebrating 3 years with my bullet journal in August. And also? Here I am, halfway through volume 11 which I started the first of May, and what is it now? Almost the middle of June. So, without trying again, this one will probably fall in the 3-4 month window as well.
I wanted to show what my bullet journal looked like at the halfway point. The first page of the index is full, but luckily the Leuchtturm 1917 has a few built-in pages of index in case I wanted to index every page, which I don’t. I don’t index my weekly or daily pages. I do flag the weekly pages with a piece of wash page on the top, but they don’t go in the index. And I flag certain categories with different colors and locations of washi tape which I define on a back page. (I explained this method of marking category pages here.)
All in all in makes the whole thing kinda interesting, even when it’s closed.
I just love the personality of this system. I love that every volume looks different. I just started flagging pages with washi tape two volumes ago so the sides of my other volumes are nowhere near as fun. Volume 10 is when I started doing weekly pages along with my daily spreads but THIS volume I started doing both in one 2-page spread. They’re all different as I learn better tools or as I face new challenges. I was elected a board position for our local track club this year so the last two volumes have had pages dedicated to that whereas previous volumes have had a lot more zendoodles. So far, this one only has ONE and I’m no where close to done!
But here we are, halfway through volume 11. Looks like I’ll be celebrating my 3-year anniversary with the bullet journal system in volume 12, don’t think I’ll make it through August in this one!
How long does it take you to fill up one volume?