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

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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 sharing his system with friends who faced similar challenges, it went viral. Just a few years later, to hi ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Portfolio
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Krisz This book is not about how you write your notes, to-dos etc. It is a strange mix of several goal planning etc. methods, pumped up with so much bullshi…moreThis book is not about how you write your notes, to-dos etc. It is a strange mix of several goal planning etc. methods, pumped up with so much bullshit it hurts. Luckily I borrowed it from the library instead of buying it :)(less)

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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
Emma Sea
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 Sprint usefully condensed down into 3 pages.
Re-read 2021 / Update

I find myself coming back to this book every time I feel my journal needs an update in order to better fit my current ‘life’ demands and circumstances. These are usually big changes when I ruthlessly decide what works and what doesn’t. I’ve been keeping a Bujo now for nearly 4 years and I still find it ever so useful, from organising my life to taking care of my mental health. Looking throughout my notebooks, you can see what I’ve liked and therefore used, and what I’ve not.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018, how-to
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
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A useful compilation, but this book doesn't provide anything you couldn't already learn online on Carroll's website or a quick YouTube/Google search. ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
I've been "BuJo-ing" for 8 months, based on a 1 hour workshop I went to where I learned Ryder Carroll's basic system. I can safely advise readers to stick to the YouTube videos as this book is completely unnecessary. Unless you are in crisis and have never heard of mindfulness or UX. . . and could use some inspirational quotes from a few hundred sources. . .

Remember writing essays as a college freshman (or maybe even high school freshman) and writing in an extremely sagacious way- quoting Socrat
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last year, I moved away from bullet journaling, and started using pre-filled planners because to be honest, I felt that bullet journaling had become an art competition – too exhausting and time consuming to manage. I am also not an artist and struggled to make my journal “pretty”, then felt crappy when it looked nothing like what I had seen on Pinterest or Instagram. It wasn’t saving me any time, it was chewing it up with fancy layouts and poor hand writing attempts. All of which, as Carroll sta ...more
Claude's Bookzone
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Well I got a few good ideas from the book, however, I am already quite an organised person. I liked the idea of using it for special projects though. I went out and got a bullet journal dot book. They are deeply unsettling. Apparently I can't write without lines. So I started ruling some and when I got half way down the page I saw the stupidity of my actions and I slid the book into my blank notebook shelf and switched to one with lines. I think I will probably stick to the normal yearly planner ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
For me, needed more David Allen and less Oprah. Skimmed the Oprah, really enjoyed the David Allen. Worth a read.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: by-the-bed-books
very very very slow progression with a lot of useless quotations. It's a magnificent method, and the book has awesome contents, but it lasts much longer than it should. ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
At the beginning of this book there's a scene, allegedly something that actually happened, in which a bullet journal dramatically saves a child's life.

Still, she had the presence of mind to pull out a well-worn, thread-bound book that is quite familiar to me: it was an orchid-colored, soft-covered Leuchtturm 1917. It was a Bullet Journal. Grasping the last few pages, she threaded them away from the threaded spine and held them out to the EMT... she shook her head and sobbed, "I can't... I can't
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
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
Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer
• Good introduction to Bullet Journal method
* Analogue approach for digital age
- Slower speed of handwriting + migration idea encourages reflection
> Adopt in 2019

Nick Johnson
Jan 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here, try this simple system to organize your life. No special planners to buy, just use any notebook. Now, learn this simple journaling system and prioritize your life. Great! Now, remember to index your daily journal and make duplicate entries for things you still need to do, and then learn shorthand symbol codes, and then build a library of notebooks, and then the rest of your life is notebooks. Your days are organized and simplified because all you do is write in notebooks. You are married t ...more
Rosie Nguyễn
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My housemate introduced her bullet journal to me just one month ago. At the time, I was struggling to arrange my time, finish more tasks, be more productive, and above all, accomplish important things that I had been procrastinating.

After a few weeks practicing bullet journal myself, I found it very engaging. One noticeable thing is that I stop making appointment mistakes. Previously I found myself remember meeting schedules wrongly from time to time. Now that no longer happens as I have a whol
2nd read:

I learned so much from my second read of this book. This is why I love rereading my favourite self-development/non-fiction books.

I managed to get a whole new toolkit for my bullet journal and I completely revamped my journaling style. This is definitely one of my staple books that I will reread for many years to come.






1st read:

I am so glad I decided to read this book (and purchase the hard cover) as it has given me a completely nee perspective on Bullet Journaling.

I’ve been
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, management, 2019
Watch the 4 minute YouTube video. Much more informative and efficient than labouring through this.
Sandra Hoover
Interesting book. I read it because I'm looking to regain control of my time & life - track the must do while cutting the fluff. I've tried several planning methods all of which work, but just don't seem right for me. I like that Carroll's plan can be individualized to your own wants/needs. And that it'll let you know fairly quickly which things you can cut out of your schedule thus making room for more events you'd like to do. This appears to be a good road map of where you've been, where you a ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
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.
Stefanie Sugia
"Whether you're an experienced Bullet Journalist or a newcomer, The Bullet Journal Method is for anyone struggling to find their place in the digital age. It will help you get organized by providing simple tools and techniques that can inject clarity, direction, and focus into your days. As great as getting organized feels, however, it's just the surface of something significantly deeper and more valuable."
I started Bullet Journaling in 2017 and it has completely changed my life ever since. I fi
Eric Franklin
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I discovered bullet journaling when the original method was released and have utilized portions of the overall method off-and-on ever since. I love occasionally perusing the customization community that has built up around the methodology on instagram and pinterest (although I find many of the visuals more daunting than helpful).

There's a lot to love here. The things that work for me in the book are the super practical elements of the basics as well as some of the reasoning behind how Ryder man
Kirsty ❤️
This is an interesting way of organising thoughts and daily, monthly and yearly tasks but there were a few areas where I could have found the information with a quick google search. As a fan of lists and journalling I found it great but there was an awful lot in this that I could have done without. Not a bad concept and good in parts but overall thumbs in the middle
Monika Ghosh
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I love this book! It's been so helpfull! I'll use some of the ideas in my journal. Thanks to the inventor and writer of this book Ryder Carroll. ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I felt like I was not performing well at work and cast around for help. I started but didn't finish a few books that didn't grab me. This one was different. It's written in a conversational tone that made me want to read it. Part how-to, part philosophy, this is basically a self-help book centered around getting stuff done so you can help yourself.

It was too little too late for me. I was fired last month. Sigh. Now I'm using bullet journaling to help me figure out what I want out of a new job.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: managing-self, ideas
What a surprise!! I am so amazed by this impulse read. Not only BuJo system is incredible but this guide to it is absolutely fantastic. It shows a depth of thought, delivers the message is engaging and delightful manner, with insightful quotes and side stories... Who knew?!

Highest possible recommendation 🤩 Seriously, get yourself a copy (and a journal 📓 )
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has repeatedly failed to keep a traditional planner/journal, I appreciate the flexibility of the Bullet Journal method and am looking forward to developing the practice in 2019.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As you'd expect from the guy who came up with bullet journaling, this book has very clear how-to explanations and examples. The tone reminded me why I don't read productivity books - they exhaust me. ...more
Jacqueline Wheeler
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book! I wish I would have read this book a long time ago, because this is completely changing my life with bullet journaling and planning. I have never been an artist, and would spend a bunch of time changing up my bujo spreads each month, but still trying to keep them functional. Ryder explains how your bujo should be functional, not beautiful and that people spend way too much time creating spreads they never use. I just reset up my current bujo so I can use his techniques for the ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been a person keeping multiple journals, apps and calendars all at once, not talking about post notes, random A4 pages with notes- it was everywhere. Not that it was messy, rather overwhelming to locate something particular. I received this book as a gift, not knowing of all the online "community" or what BuJo actually is.
There were several points I enjoyed: addresses journaling as a tool for increased self-awareness, intentional living and clarity. From this perspective BuJo is o
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Ryder Carroll is a digital product designer and inventor of the Bullet Journal method. He was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, but now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

He's had the privilege of working with companies like Adidas, American Express, Cisco, IBM, Macy's and HP. He's been featured by the New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Vogue, New York Magazine, Lifehacker, Mashable and

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