The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future

The long-awaited first book by the founder of the enormously popular Bullet Journal® organizational system.For years Ryder Carroll tried countless organizing systems, online and off, but none of them fit the way his mind worked. Out of sheer necessity, he developed a method called the Bullet Journal that helped him become consistently focused and effective. When he started...

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Title:The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future
Author:Ryder Carroll
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  • AnnaG

    As a list-maker of many decades standing, I thought this book would be utterly useless and wouldn't add anything to my organisational methods. Actually, it's excellent. I've realised that I don't do nearly enough pruning of my tasks, I let distractions get in the way of overall plans and with a few simple tweaks and improvements suggested here, I could make my journal much more useful and productive. Thank you Ryder.

  • Marion Honey

    4.5 Highly recommend to anyone. A self-aware self-help book that miraculously contains concrete useful examples for you to implement into your own life TODAY. I received a proof copy and will definitely be adding the final finished version to my home library to return to again and again.

  • Dannii Elle

    I first heard of this book from an insanely talented Youtuber, called Boho Berry. If you have an interest in bullet journaling then you are probably already familiar with her beautiful daily spreads, extensive collections, and the gorgeous artwork and lettering that she creates with seeming ease. Each of her videos exudes productivity and I watched her videos longing to emulate her success.

    I started my own bullet journal and promptly neglected it, finding dissatisfaction in how it didn't measure

    I first heard of this book from an insanely talented Youtuber, called Boho Berry. If you have an interest in bullet journaling then you are probably already familiar with her beautiful daily spreads, extensive collections, and the gorgeous artwork and lettering that she creates with seeming ease. Each of her videos exudes productivity and I watched her videos longing to emulate her success.

    I started my own bullet journal and promptly neglected it, finding dissatisfaction in how it didn't measure up to this BuJo' master's. I started again, with a simpler design and found it to work for me, but I still felt like there was something missing from it. I enjoyed setting up my monthly spreads but dreaded returning back to it, on a day-to-day basis, viewing it as another chore that was added into my already packed lifestyle.

    When I saw Boho Berry's rave review for this book then I knew that reading this was the step I needed to take in making my bullet journal work better for me. And I was correct, but not quite in the way I first thought.

    I assumed this book would teach its reader the 'hows' of bullet journal, instead it focused on the 'whys'. On times it seems to neglect bullet journals all together, as it forced the reader to assess their reason behind all of their daily actions, and to why aspects of their lives weren't currently working for them. It is only later that he introduced just exactly how bullet journals could be an aid in curing that. Areas such as imperfection and control were covered and it really opened my eyes to how I had been bullet journalling wrong, all these many months.

    It made me realise that part of the bullet journal appeal for me was purely aesthetic. I loved to view artistic daily spreads, complete with calligraphy headers and washi tape dividers. For me, this didn't work because there was no 'why' behind my wanting it. Aesthetics wasn't enough and the reason I felt such dissatisfaction was that this particular bullet journal set-up had no purpose in my life and so I was ultimately failing to connect with it. It became just another chore I had added, without making my daily processes any easier.

    Bullet journalling is an extremely helpful tool but also an extremely personal one, which is why no two will look the same. This life guide/bullet journalling how-to instructed me on organising my day, better managing my time, and transferring my dreams into goals, which is what makes this perfect for amateur and expert Bu-Jo'ers alike.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Ryder Carroll, and the publisher, Portfolio, for this opportunity.

  • Emma Sea

    I really liked this, and I am not a Boho Berry or Llamas Love Lettering fan. Ryder states outright not to keep Collections or Trackers unless you are learning and growing from the information. FYI there's a good subreddit - /r/basicbulletjournals - if you are into the practicality of planning & journaling and not the brush pen lettering and folk art floral motifs.

    I particularly liked his description of planning project sprints, which was the whole of

    usefully condensed down into 3 pa

    I really liked this, and I am not a Boho Berry or Llamas Love Lettering fan. Ryder states outright not to keep Collections or Trackers unless you are learning and growing from the information. FYI there's a good subreddit - /r/basicbulletjournals - if you are into the practicality of planning & journaling and not the brush pen lettering and folk art floral motifs.

    I particularly liked his description of planning project sprints, which was the whole of

    usefully condensed down into 3 pages. I'd read it again for that alone.

    Ryder also stresses the importance of reflection on a daily and monthly basis: of asking yourself what is really useful, and actually working, and culling the extraneous.

    Recommended

  • Kelly Deriemaeker

    Vaak een eerder filosofische kijk op het systeem, eerder dan een praktische, maar dat vond ik als jarenlange bullet journalist niet nodig. Heel graag gelezen, en weer extra gestimuleerd en geïnspireerd om mijn bullet journal te blijven gebruiken, en op andere manieren.

    Zeker de moeite van het lezen waard voor iedereen die er een heeft of een wil beginnen.

  • Veronique

    4.5*

    I’ve always kept notebooks, especially for work, which I would use in conjunction with digital tools, logging every day all I did, writing to-do lists, and planning projects. This proved to be a life saver on many occasions - and also surprisingly a source of enjoyment (the one of writing with a fountain pen on quality paper). When the Bujo trend wave hit me, about one year and a half ago, I was

    4.5*

    I’ve always kept notebooks, especially for work, which I would use in conjunction with digital tools, logging every day all I did, writing to-do lists, and planning projects. This proved to be a life saver on many occasions - and also surprisingly a source of enjoyment (the one of writing with a fountain pen on quality paper). When the Bujo trend wave hit me, about one year and a half ago, I was curious to see what it entailed and if it would be something for me. If you’ve seen all the examples floating out there, there are beautifully artistic and also very intimidating, and wouldn’t work for me, particularly in a professional environment. However, I could see how the basics of the system had value, especially the Index - how can something so simple have such a huge effect! - and added them to my arsenal.

    Queue Now. Ryder Carroll’s book surprised me a lot! I was expecting information on how it all started and how the method ‘works’. And this is all here, in very clear writing. It is after all a simple idea, easy to put into practice, and for ever adaptable! What I wasn’t expecting was the Why! With the aim of being the most efficient and meaningful one can be, Carroll strips everything away, borrowing concepts from Stoicism, Mindfulness, and Japanese schools of thought, to name a few. It all actually makes a lot of sense, in a very down to earth kind of way. These, of course, you can take or leave. I personally was intrigued, perhaps because I have recently being looking into those philosophies to help me deal with the stresses of every day life.

    In all, a very interesting and useful read.

  • Jonny

    For me, needed more David Allen and less Oprah. Skimmed the Oprah, really enjoyed the David Allen. Worth a read.

  • Girl

    This was a very mixed bag. 

    Ryder Carroll is the man behind the original bullet journal idea and in his book, he describes the tenets of his bullet journal system. At its core, "bu jo" is a very simple method, consisting in making lists of to-do tasks, planning in a format that makes sense to you, and supplementing it all with "collections" -- which, in Carroll's description, are mostly more detailed projects requiring more involvement from you. Add a few buzzwords such as "intentionality" or "mi

    This was a very mixed bag. 

    Ryder Carroll is the man behind the original bullet journal idea and in his book, he describes the tenets of his bullet journal system. At its core, "bu jo" is a very simple method, consisting in making lists of to-do tasks, planning in a format that makes sense to you, and supplementing it all with "collections" -- which, in Carroll's description, are mostly more detailed projects requiring more involvement from you. Add a few buzzwords such as "intentionality" or "mindfulness" and you are good to go. 

    There were points in this book where I was nodding along - sure, breaking projects into smaller components makes sense! Sure, it's better to make your tasks tangible (e.g. "don't eat sweets" instead of "lose weight") sounds very sensible! But there were moments concerning intentionality and paring down your bullet journal (and, along with it, your life) that just felt like too much. While reading, I had the distinct feeling that Ryder Carroll really, really,

    doeesn't like those prettified bullet journals with stickers and pictures and calligraphy because they take away from the main point of simplicity and mindful reflection, but he can't say that because the people who prettify their bujos are the ones who will buy the official merchandise.

    If you want to find out what bullet journaling is about, watching a youtube video seems a much better investment of your time.

  • Tony

    I was in two minds about this book from the outset, and I wasn't sure what to expect from it. So is it really fair to say that it disappointed me? Probably not, but in any case, I came away 'nonplussed'!

    The book is split into five sections: Preparation, System, Practice, Art and End.

    It started well with an overview of the method and I learnt a lot. I should say that I've been keeping a BuJo for over two years now. Or at least I thought I had. My method was a long way removed from the official on

    I was in two minds about this book from the outset, and I wasn't sure what to expect from it. So is it really fair to say that it disappointed me? Probably not, but in any case, I came away 'nonplussed'!

    The book is split into five sections: Preparation, System, Practice, Art and End.

    It started well with an overview of the method and I learnt a lot. I should say that I've been keeping a BuJo for over two years now. Or at least I thought I had. My method was a long way removed from the official one - probably because I jumped straight in with all those fancy layouts and trackers peppering the internet. (Mr Carroll does not like fancy it seems - as others have pointed out. He doesn't quite go as far as to dismiss them but there are numerous phrases that leave you in no doubt about his opinion - if it works, great, but don't just make it pretty, and what's the use of tracking what TV shows I've watched, etc.)

    The 'system' section gave me a number of valuable insights and I have a few sticky-tabs flagging things to go back to and implement or try.

    But then it all seemed to fall apart for me as Mr Carroll spend a very long time labouring over self-improvement in the third part: Practice. Now, don't get me wrong, we can all do with bettering ourselves. But this section just goes on and on. For a system where Mr Carroll stresses simplicity and brevity, he seems to fall off the rails here. Others may relish this section - but not me. I am jaded of all the self-improvement systems and encouragement that wight down bookshelves. Sometimes we are the way we are and have to live with it. Also, the focus of 'me' at the cost of others is too much. In a world of self-idolisation, it would be nice to see a system that encourages selflessness. Sure, the BuJo is 'flexible' enough for you to track acts of kindness or word of encouragement given to others, but Mr Carroll seems to advocate self-f0cus, analysis, and praise. Not for me - not at this length anyway. I lost interest in this section and had to slog through to get to the bit I really wanted to read - case studies, examples, creativity, etc. Art.

    Unfortunately, the section on Art was far too short. And it was oddly pretty having been prefaced with warnings about function over form, style without substance. I think this is where I finally became disappointed.

    I really wanted to like this book. Really I did. But what I learnt I could just have easily acquired from searching the web. I didn't need so much self-improvement. I wanted more case studies from both those who were minimalist and those who were fancy-pants-creatives.

    So, in the end, a reluctant 2 stars from me. Sorry, Mr Carroll.

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